Director, Digital Scholarship in Arts (DiSA)
Associate Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, and Department of Anthropology
Mark Turin is a socio-cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is cross-appointed between the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology. He currently serves as the Interim Editor of the journal Pacific Affairs.
Research Area: Community Engagement, Critical Pedagogy, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, Language Mapping
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 Heiltsuk Language Mobilization Partnership in which UBC is a member.
Mark Turin writes and teaches on language reclamation, revitalization, documentation and conservation; language mapping, policies, politics and language rights; orality, archives, digital tools and technology. Indigenous methodologies and decolonial practice inform and shape his teaching and research. He is the author or co-author of four books, three travel guides, the editor of 12 volumes, and he edits a series on oral literature.