SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Virtual Ritual / Digitising Endangered Languages

Dr Sarah Stewart (SOAS)

Date: 21 May 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AP

Type of Event: Gathering

Virtual Reality (VR) has experienced a rapid rise in recent years thanks to the increased availability of consumer headsets, and new applications for this emerging technology are continually being developed. Come join us to learn how VR is being used to document the Zoroastrian Yasna ceremony - one of the world’s oldest religious rituals still performed today.

Dr Sarah Stewart will lead this discussion on Digitising Endangered Languages.

Slip on a set of VR goggles, immerse your senses in the ancient sights and sounds of the fire temple and allow yourself to be transported back in time more than 3000 years.

Following on from the presentation of the ancient Yasna ceremony you can experience Zoroastrianism in contemporary Iran via the digitised oral testimony drawn from interviews with a Zoroastrian population numbering less than 25,000. Watch some of the lay rituals performed by villagers who speak in what is now an endangered language, Zoroastrian Dari. See how unwritten languages can be preserved in perpetuity through our endangered languages digital archive.

Dr Leon Goldman and Anna Sowa will lear the VR section of the event.

Buy tickets on the Pint of Science website.

Organiser: SIS, CISD, Pint of Science

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