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Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins
The third lecture in this series is "Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins." This lecture focuses on two distinct but related writing traditions in Southeast Asia: those at centers of power and those at the margins. Looking at centers, the lecture examines religious manuscript production such as Indonesian texts. For the margins, the focus will be on Zomia—a geographically and culturally peripheral area corresponding to the uplands of mainland Southeast Asia—where writing and resistance to centralizing states will be among the themes discussed. The lecture will also cover the cultural, social, psychological, historical, geographical, and spiritual aspects of writing.

Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Tim Brookes
Tim Brookes is a world authority on endangered writing systems. For nearly a decade, Tim has led the nonprofit Endangered Alphabets Project in the creation of a range of educational materials in a number of minority and indigenous languages. In 2019, he launched the Atlas of Endangered Alphabets as the first online resource with curated information on nearly 100 endangered writing systems. Tim’s carvings in endangered scripts have been featured in exhibitions around the world.