Media Coverage

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2013: Interview on Newsday, BBC World Service Radio (24 December 2013) about Bhutan project; interview with Matt Smith at La Trobe University (January), a feature article in the Yale Daily News Magazine [PDF] by Theresa Steinmeyer (February).
October – December 2012: BBC Online Magazine article about the language landscape of New York City (16 December); University of Cambridge issues a press release about my new series entitled ‘Our Language in Your Hands’ on BBC Radio 4, all three episodes are available on the right; coverage of my research grants on the Yale Department of Anthropology website and in the Yale Daily News (7 November) [PDF]; NPR blog on blood-drinking festivals in Nepal.
July – August 2012: Reviews of the World Oral Literature Project 2012 workshop feature on Arctic Anthropology (29 June 2012), SIL International (3 July 2012), and Tim Brookes’ Endangered Alphabets blog (8 July 2012), Ruth Finnegan’s Oral Literature in Africa gets more coverage in Poets and Writers blog (31 August 2012), interviewed together with Sara Shneiderman on Radio Sailung Community Radio in Nepal (August 2013).
April – June 2012: World Oral Literature Project and Open Book Publishers launch campaign to republish Ruth Finnegan’s out-of-print classic Oral Literature in Africa on UnGlue It website and covered by Huffington Post (21 May 2012), CNETFrance (22 May 2012), University of Cambridge Research News (19 June 2012) and The Chronicle of Higher Education (19 June 2012), Project director’s talk on the World Oral Literature Project on 01 June 2012 is hosted on Vimeo.
January – March 2012: World Oral Literature Project 1-day workshop planning event held in Cambridge (5 January 2012), Project features in leading Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun (06 January 2012), Project features in the newsletter of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) (February 2012), Project director discusses the World Oral Literature Project in a podcast for Yale University News, Project director’s involvement in a cross-project Himalayan research initiative features on Yale Environment News (March 2012), Project director discusses indigenous language preservation an interview with ABC Radio National, Australia (March 2012).
August – December 2011: Project director’s Linguistic Survey of Sikkim features in Yale Daily News on 21 October 2011, Project director gives a presentation on digital anthropology at the American Anthropology Association meeting (27 November 2011).
April – October 2011: Project director interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio (21 April 2011) and on 03 June 2011, project featured in an interview with Nancy Campbell in Illustration magazine in July 2011.
January – March 2011: The project is featured on the website of the BBC’s new flagship series, The Human Planet, and covered in South Africa’s Sunday Times (1 January) and BBC Three Counties Radio on 3 February, project team participates in endangered languages event at Shaler High School in Pittsburgh by video link on 17 February 2011 [PDF], project is covered in the Guardian Education on 22 February 2011 [PDF], The Hindu on 23 February 2011 [PDF], the Higher Education Academy’s Liaison Magazine in March 2011 [PDF], and the Calcutta Telegraph on 3 March 2011 [PDF], and features on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney Show on 19 March 2011.
December 2010: The launch of our public database of language endangerment is widely covered on 9 December 2010 by a University of Cambridge press release, the Daily Telegraph [HTML or PDF], the Belfast Telegraph, the Chronicle of Higher Education in the United States, the Pink, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC World TV and BBC World Service Radio (two MP3 clips); on 10 December 2010 by TG Daily, the Cambridge Network, the Fyne Times, the Advocate; on 12 December 2010 by Kent on Sunday [PDF]; on 13 December 2010 by The Hindu [PDF], The Calcutta Telegraph, The Asian Age, Rajasthan Patrika [PDF], Bartaman (a West Bengal Daily) [PDF], BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire, BBC Radio Three Counties; on 14 December 2010 on Sue Dougan’s afternoon show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and on 16 December 2010 by Times Higher Education. Project team members are invited to deliver keynote address at a Digital Archiving of Community Knowledge Conference held at Ambedkar University in Delhi (15-18 December) and to speak about the project at the India International Centre in Delhi on 18 December 2010. BBC World TV
November 2010: Project team invited to participate in a GigaPan technology fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, speak at Cornell’s Language Resource Center and present at an Executive Program Committee invited roundtable session on digital repatriation at the American Anthropological Association meeting in New Orleans. A special issue of Language Documentation and Description, guest edited by project staff based on presentations held at our workshop in December 2009, has gone to press, and can be ordered online by clicking here. The project also features in the CRASSH 2009-2010 Annual review.
October 2010: Project director gives a lunchtime seminar for SCOLMA (the UK libraries and archives group on Africa); project staff are invited to speak to the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Graduate-Faculty Research Group (CELC), CRASSH, University of Cambridge, on October 12, 2010. Project grantee Dr Stephen Pax Leonard’s first dispatch from Greenland is covered in The Observer.
September 2010: Project director delivers a lecture at the Cambridge Alumni Weekend [watch a short film about the event by clicking here].
August 2010: The project and one of its grantees is profiled on BBC One’s Look East and on the BBC Radio 4 series Word of Mouth. Project grantee Dr Stephen Leonard’s forthcoming work with the Inughuit in remote north-west Greenland is widely covered in the UK and international media, including the Guardian and the BBC Today Programme. The University of Cambridge has issued a press release on Dr Leonard’s research project. BBC One’s Look East:
July 2010: The project is part of a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)-funded cooperation network entitled ‘Multimedia Research and Documentation of African Oral Genres’ led by Dr Daniela Merolla at Leiden University and is covered in the Cambridge News on 27 July 2010 [PDF].
May 2010: Project team invited to talk at La Maison René Ginouvès de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie in Nanterre (Paris X), the Musée du quai Branly, the Asien-Afrika-Institut at Universität Hamburg and at arcadia@cambridge.
April 2010: Short video about the project released by Cambridge Ideas (also featured on YouTube, project featured on the Archival Platform Blog and in the University of Cambridge 2009 Annual Report (HTML/PDF).
March 2010: Project team interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on Nine to NoonRadio New Zealand, on 24 March 2010; also involved in establishing the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC), featured in the Cambridge Alumni Magazine and present at the Cambridge Science Festival.
19-21 February 2010: The project is covered by Radio Free Europe on 19 February and 21 February.
19 February 2010: Project receives a British Academy Small Research Grant to continue work on a database of endangered languages.
15 February 2010: Radio interview with Anna Kovacs on Hungarian Public Radio MR1-Kossuth 15 February.
23 January 2010: Radio interview with Elizabeth Alcock on FM4 ORF Austrian Radio on 22 January and 23 January.
12 January 2010: The project team present at the Department of Linguistics Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
30 December 2009: Radio interview with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk.
December 2009: The project is profiled in PhysOrgWorldHum and OurFuturePlanet, and covered on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show As It Happens.
17 December 2009: The project is profiled in La Repubblica [PDF]
13 December 2009: The project is profiled in the Independent on Sunday [PDF].
26 November 2009: David Jefferies discusses the project in The Cambridge Student [PDF].
13 November 2009: The project is profiled in the Cambridge University Newsletter [PDF].
9 November 2009: The project team is invited to present at the Golden Web Living Traditions Programme 2009, Clare College, Cambridge.
3 November 2009: The project team is invited to present at Recovering Voices: Science Frontiers in Endangered Languages and Indigenous Knowledge Research, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
29 October 2009: The project team is invited to present at Histories from the North: environments, movements, narratives, BOREAS Final Conferences 2009, Arktikum building, Rovaniemi, Finland.
8 October 2009: The project team is invited to present at the Centre for AnthropologyBritish Museum, London.
August – September 2009: The project receives widespread international media coverage, in the Guardian, the MailOnline, the Telegraph, the Irish Examiner, La Jornada, Cambridge News, TeleText, Yahoo, the Liverpool Daily Post, ResourceShelf, the Asian Age [PDF], Western Morning NewsCambridge Network and the Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter. Radio interviews on 25 August with BBC Radio Ulster: Talk Back, and on 26 August with BBC Radio Wales: Good Morning Wales and BBC Radio Guernsey: Gary Burgess. University Office of External Affairs and Communications releases a press statement about the project on 27 August 2009 and the University of Cambridge Research Horizons profiles the project in its Autumn 2009 issue, [HTML or PDF].

BBC Radio Wales: Good Morning Wales August 26

27 – 29 August 2009: Project staff invited to attend and present at a workshop on Documenting Oral Traditions in the Non-Western World, Leiden University.
27 August 2009: The project features on the American Anthropological Association (AAA) blog.
6 – 7 August 2009: World Oral Literature Project staff invited to attend and present at a conference on Archiving Culture in the Digital Age at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (SAC) in Bangkok.
9 July 2009: Professor Peter Austin, Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics and Director of the Endangered Languages Academic Program at SOAS, writes about the World Oral Literature Project on his blog.
1 July 2009: The project website is launched.
June 2009: The World Oral Literature Project features on the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
February 2009: The Onaway Trust agrees to be the principal funder for our first workshop later this year.
January 2009: The World Oral Literature Project Supplemental Grants Review Board starts accepting small grant proposals for field-based documentation projects in oral literature.
last updated on 17 November 2012.