[RNLD] Workshop announcement: Plants, Animals, Words

Lydia Green lydiajgreen at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 24 05:23:00 UTC 2013

Plants, Animals, Words: a multidisciplinary workshop

19-21 September 2013, SOAS, University of London

Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/events/plants-animals-words/

With the aim of promoting interdisciplinary research, the Linguistics
Department at SOAS, University of London is hosting a three-day workshop
designed to encourage collaboration between researchers and young academics
interested in the areas of linguistics, ethnobotany and ethnozoology.

This event is being organized in collaboration with researchers from the
University of Kent and the University of Oxford.

Linguists involved in the documentation of lesser-known languages recognize
that much of the data they collect is devoted to the description of the
speakers’ knowledge of the natural world. Ethnobiologists, who are
concerned with the relationships a community has with its plants and
animals, recognize that language is key to a deeper understanding of
traditional knowledge.

Key speakers will include Dr. Rajindra K. Puri, Senior Lecturer in
Environmental Anthropology at the University of Kent; Dr. Andrew G. Gosler,
University Research Lecturer in Ornithology and Conservation at the
University of Oxford; Dr. Thomas Thornton, Director of MSc Environmental
Change & Management, University of Oxford; Bob Gosford, Darwin-based
writer, lawyer and ethnobiologist; Dr. Serge Sagna, Research Fellow at the
University of Surrey; and Dr. Kakia Chatsiou, Digital Content Curator at
the Endangered Languages Archive.

This event offers an excellent opportunity for participants to gain
hands-on experience in ethical data gathering techniques, share
cross-disciplinary perspectives and theories, and set up a basis for future
collaborative research. Although this event is open to researchers from all
fields, spaces are limited. Participants are therefore asked to register
with an expression of interest. Registration will be open between the 19th
July and 18th August.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please visit the
website (http://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/events/plants-animals-words/
19sep2013-plants-animals-words-a-multidisciplinary-workshop.html) and
follow the registration link. For more information email:
ethnobiology at soas.ac.uk.
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