Oral Literature in the Digital Age: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Mark Turin; Claire Wheeler; Eleanor Wilkinson; Contributors retain copyright of their work.

Published On

2013-05-10

ISBN

Paperback978-1-909254-30-5
Hardback978-1-909254-31-2
PDF978-1-909254-32-9
HTML978-1-80064-459-5
EPUB978-1-909254-33-6
MOBI978-1-909254-34-3

Language

  • English

Print Length

190 pages (xxiv + 166)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 10 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.4" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 13 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.5" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback607g (21.41oz)
Hardback985g (34.74oz)

Media

Illustrations36

OCLC Number

1133285149

LCCN

2019467802

BIC

  • HBTD
  • JFHF
  • JFSL9
  • JHMC
  • CFB

BISAC

  • SOC002010

LCC

  • GR72

Keywords

  • Oral literature
  • orality
  • online tools
  • digital cultural archives
  • marginalised languages
  • ethnography
  • linguistics
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Oral Literature in the Digital Age

Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities

  • Mark Turin (editor)
  • Claire Wheeler (editor)
  • Eleanor Wilkinson (editor)
Thanks to ever-greater digital connectivity, interest in oral traditions has grown beyond that of researcher and research subject to include a widening pool of global users. When new publics consume, manipulate and connect with field recordings and digital cultural archives, their involvement raises important practical and ethical questions. This volume explores the political repercussions of studying marginalised languages; the role of online tools in ensuring responsible access to sensitive cultural materials; and ways of ensuring that when digital documents are created, they are not fossilized as a consequence of being archived. Fieldwork reports by linguists and anthropologists in three continents provide concrete examples of overcoming barriers—ethical, practical and conceptual—in digital documentation projects. Oral Literature in the Digital Age is an essential guide and handbook for ethnographers, field linguists, community activists, curators, archivists, librarians, and all who connect with indigenous communities in order to document and preserve oral traditions.

Endorsements

This book addresses a vitally important topic of considerable interest to a broad group of readers.

Dr Mick Gowar

Anglia Ruskin University

Reviews

All these contributors, like the editors themselves, are devoted to finding creative, accessible and usable digital platforms that not only close the distance between users, researchers and the tools used to archive oral literature, but also continue to connect, foster and sustain relationships with indigenous communities and those who try to access their rich and rapidly disappearing cultures. [...] This international and frank discussion enables us to deeply engage with the important issues that constantly surface in the field. [...] the authors' transparency and willingness to discuss their challenges provide readers with important insights into the imperfect but necessary efforts being made to preserve endangered oral literatures and protect intangible cultural heritage.

Stacey Zembryzcki

"ORAL LITERATURE IN THE DIGITAL AGE: ARCHIVING ORALITY AND CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITIES by Mark Turin, Claire Wheeler, Eleanor Wilkinson". Oral History (0143-0955), vol. 42, no. 2, 2014.

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Contents

Introduction

  • Mark Turin
  • Eleanor Wilkinson
  • Claire Wheeler
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.01

The Archive Strikes Back: Effects of Online Digital Language Archiving on Research Relations and Property Rights

  • Thomas Widlok
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.02

Access and Accessibility at ELAR, A Social Networking Archive for Endangered Languages Documentation

  • David Nathan
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.03

Multiple Audiences and Co-Curation: Linking an Ethnographic Archive of Endangered Oral Traditions to Contemporary Contexts

  • Paul Matthews
  • Judith Aston
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.04

Researchers as Griots? Reflections on Multimedia Fieldwork in West Africa

  • Daniela Merolla
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.05

American Indian Oral Literature, Cultural Identity and Language Revitalisation: Some Considerations for Researchers

  • Margaret Field
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.06

Ecuador's Indigenous Cultures: Astride Orality and Literacy

  • Jorge Gómez Rendón
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.07

From Shrine to Stage: A Personal Account of the Challenges of Archiving the Tejaji Ballad of Rajasthan

  • Madan Meena
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.08

Mongghul Ha Clan Oral History Documentation

  • C.K. Stuart
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0032.09

Contributors

Mark Turin

(editor)
Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of British Columbia

Claire Wheeler

(editor)
Research Assistant at King's College London

Eleanor Wilkinson

(editor)