Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
CFS Archives, 218 Ohio Stadium, 1961 Tuttle Park Pl
The Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience and the Center for Folklore Studies present a conversation with Timothy Thurston, PhD Candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Back visiting from his longterm fieldwork in the A mdo region of Qinghai Province, Tim will give us a preview of his almost-finished dissertation on Tibetan-language crosstalk comedy. This genre emerged ca. 1980 and over the next thirty years became a primary arena for reflection on the region's modernization as well as for shaping a purist linguistic ideology. Tim is examining the sketches as a form of public intellectual work in an evolving project of cultural revitalization. He is also considering the life-cycle and ecology of popular genres, for this one seems now to have passed its heyday.
Refreshments will be served as usual. Please RSVP to Cassie so we have an idea of numbers: email@example.com