Mark Turin

PhD, Leiden University
Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative, Yale
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Mark’s research focuses on language endangerment and cultural diversity, on the Himalayan region (particularly in Nepal, northern India and Bhutan), but increasingly the world over.

Having trained as an anthropologist and linguist in the UK and the Netherlands, he is now the Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative and co-editor of the journal Himalaya.

Mark teaches at Cambridge and Yale universities, where he also directs two international research projects, Digital Himalaya and the World Oral Literature Project. He edits the Oral Literature Series with the Open Book Publishers. In December 2012, he presented a three-part BBC radio series on language endangerment and policy entitled Our Language in Your Hands.

Mark is interested in language policy and activism in the context of mother tongue instruction, and questions about the access and ownership of anthropological materials from ethnographic museums when they circulate online or are returned to source communities in digital form. He is a firm advocate of collaborative research, and is committed to widening public engagement with anthropology.

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