PARADISEC Activity Update – April 2023

Hello Pacific Archive enthusiasts! As always, it’s been a busy few months since our last update here on the ELAC blog; this our first update since we passed the mark of 200TB (now 203TB) in the archive, with 689 Collections. It only seems like a short while ago that we celebrated the 100TB milestone with our PARADISEC@100 Conference! Check out those presentations, as well as those from the conference we co-hosted with ELAR in October 2022. More recently, we were proudly represented earlier this month in Canberra at The Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) Conference, by Steven Gagau and Julia Miller.

We have been busy planning our 20th anniversary celebration event, to be held this Thursday, 27th April, at Verge Gallery (Sydney University). It should be a great evening with Pacific & archive-inspired performances, many of PARADISEC’s friends and supporters old and new joining us for a drink, to reminisce & look to the future, and a delicious Pacific style feast!

We have been doing work on identifying which languages are represented in our collection, thanks to support from the Language Data Commons of Australia, who have also supported work on archival materials from the Sydney University Archives. They have also funded the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau to digitise microfilms of language materials for access in our collection.

As ever, there are great new collections and deposits to be explored in our (now-revamped!) catalog so please go and have a browse! …including:

  • Documenting the endangered language of the Baduy of Western Java, who for centuries preserved their traditional beliefs, ways of life & language in the face of great change all around them (Depositor Jill Beckman)
  • New items in Owen Edwards’ “wordlists of languages of Indonesia and the Philippines”. This great collection now documents Abui, Uab Meto, Balinese, Enggano, Lole, Kupang Malay & Dela-Oenale!
  • Javanese conversations of people of the Boyalali region of central Java in the mid-1980s, deposited by Yale Professor of Anthropology Joseph Errington

1 thought on “PARADISEC Activity Update – April 2023”

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