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Dr. Mark Turin

Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts


Chair, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program
Acting Co-Director, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Mark Turin writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, language endangerment, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology. He is the author or co-author of four books, three travel guides, the editor of eight volumes, and he edits a series on oral literature. He is a regular media commentator on on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment, and tweets @markturin.

For over twenty years, Mark’s regional focus has been the Himalayan region (particularly Nepal, northern India and Bhutan), and more recently, the Pacific Northwest. Mark is very privileged to have had the opportunity to work in collaborative partnership with members of the Thangmi-speaking communities of eastern Nepal and Darjeeling district in India since 1996, and since 2014 with members of the Heiltsuk First Nation through a Híɫzaqv Language Mobilization Partnership in which UBC is a member.