Can the subaltern code? A look at CLC 2014
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Can the subaltern code? A look at CLC 2014

Almost 26 years ago, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak interrogated the politics of representation in her iconic post-colonialist essay, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” I revisited the essay when I learned about an upcoming workshop to equip underrepresented language speakers with tools to ensure their languages are supported by digital technologies. While the “Coding for Language Communities” 2014 Summer … Continue reading

Endangered Languages Project shares my app list
Research / Technology

Endangered Languages Project shares my app list

A big thanks to the Endangered Languages Project (ELP) for reposting the list I compiled of indigenous language-learning smartphone apps. The project is supported by a coalition of groups around the world known as the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. Google oversaw the development and launch of the project. According to their principle website, ELP … is an online resource … Continue reading

The Power of Play: my interview with Pinnguaq founder Ryan Oliver
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The Power of Play: my interview with Pinnguaq founder Ryan Oliver

Pinnguaq is a software localization initiative based in beautiful Pangnirtung, Nunavut in Canada’s high Eastern Arctic. In June 2013, they released an Inuktitut-language version of the best-selling iPad game, Osmos. To do this, they engaged Inuit across the territory to complete a crowd-sourced translation of the terms in the game. As Ryan Oliver, the founder of Pinnguaq explains below, participation was so great that they translated the game a total of four and a half times. Continue reading

On set – and out bush – with PAW Media
Australia / Film / Media / Photos / Research

On set – and out bush – with PAW Media

The pioneering visual anthropologist Eric Michaels once said I got into media studies, as an anthropologist, because I believed the media were the belly of the beast, and because I thought TV was central to the creation of the extraordinary contradictions that plagued the contemporary world. I remember this quote as members of PAW Media … Continue reading

Through Almir’s eyes: documenting deforestation in the Surui territory
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Through Almir’s eyes: documenting deforestation in the Surui territory

Here are three things you should never leave home without in the Amazon: water, insect repellent, sunscreen. And if you’re Chief Almir Narayamoga of the Surui, make sure to remember your high-tech video recording sunglasses. New field sites often require weeks of cultivating trust, understanding, and the relationships to yield interesting work. Which is why when I … Continue reading

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Watch my Arctic Frontiers presentation on indigenous media online

For those of you who missed my presentation in Norway this week (I guess technically, I missed it too), you can watch it on Slideshare below. Thanks to everyone for the positive comments and feedback and feel free to get in touch with me with further questions. Arctic Issues On-line: Decolonizing the digital North from … Continue reading