Report on the international conference on origins and migrations among Tibeto-Burman speakers of the extended Eastern Himalaya
Post, Mark W. (2008) Report on the international conference on origins and migrations among Tibeto-Burman speakers of the extended Eastern Himalaya. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area , 31 (2). pp. 177-180.
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[Extract] An international, interdisciplinary conference on origins and migrations among Tibeto-Burman speakers of the "Extended Eastern Himalaya" was staged by the Humboldt University Institute for Asian and African Studies over three glorious spring days in Berlin this May.1 The conference convenors Toni Huber (Tibetan studies, Humboldt University) and Stuart Blackburn (Folklore, SOAS) assembled a diverse field of presenters, discussants and other participants from a wide range of disciplines – including folklorists, Tibetologists, (other) anthropologists, historians, geographers, and linguists – with the goal of addressing the vexing twin problems of "origins" and "migrations" among T-B speakers in an area stretching from central Arunachal Pradesh to upland Southeast Asia and Southwest China. Despite the diversity of approaches represented and the breadth and complexity of the field addressed, the conference was marked throughout by fascinating and often unexpected convergences of viewpoint and a uniformly collegial and collaborative atmosphere. This was certainly due in no small part to the evidently high competence of the conference organizers and their assistants (mainly Humboldt University graduate students), who ferried participants efficiently but in an always relaxed manner from hotel to venue, room to restaurant, and discussion to discussion, and in the end brought off a logistically challenging event without even the slightest hitch.
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