A Colloquium with Dr. David Blundell, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies
This project of Southeast Asia and Oceania establishes a vehicle for digital language and culture mapping. It is a geo-referencing library system that facilitates the creation of temporal spatial information documents tailored for individual or group research. The lecture will introduce the Web-based Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI), Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) and current research working with the tools of geographic information systems (GIS) for language and culture mapping such as the Champa civilization of central Vietnam and the Batanes and Orchid Islands between the large island of Luzon in the Philippines and Taiwan.
Dr. David Blundell is from Santa Monica and studied at the School of International Training in Vermont (Sinhala Language Training), California State University at Long Beach (History and Interdisciplinary Asian Studies), University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka (Sinhala and Culture Studies), U.C. Berkeley (Buddhist Studies), and Thammasat University (Thai Society and Buddhist Studies). At UCLA David Blundell completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology. He began teaching in Taiwan in 1984 and later began research on the Formosan groups, prehistory, and socio-linguistic mapping. He is the author of numerous articles on language and culture including “English (or any Lingua Franca), Multilingual Education, and Endangered Languages,” presented at The First Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization, and Multilingual Education in Minority Communities in Asia, UNESCO and Mahidol University, Bangkok (2003), and editor of Austronesian Taiwan: Linguistics, History, Ethnology, Prehistory, Berkeley, CA: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, University of California (2000).
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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