Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.
Ethnographically, the anthropology of West Africa in general, with a particular focus on the ‘Middle Belt’ of Nigeria and Cameroon. Ethnographic interests, both contemporary and historical, include: politics and religion; ethnicity and identity; material culture. Anthropologically, contemporary theories in social anthropology, and the history of twentieth-century British social anthropology.
Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian
Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, Maltese linguistics, Arabic dialectology, language contact, linguistic variation, contact-induced language change, Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages, English
Sociality, belonging, and exclusion across cultural domains and scales; identity and identification; cultural logics of kinship, relatedness, heritage, and obligation; transcultural encounter and (mis)communication (esp in tourism/travel); community, self, and wellbeing; social inequality; language and thought; psychological anthropology, person-centred ethnography, ethnographic theory & practice.
Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.
Jay Latarche is the team coordinator and coder at SOAS University, London, and particularly enjoys coding Sino-Tibetan languages. They are interested in conducting further research on logogram amnesia in Mainland China.
Biu Rainey is a Grambank coder and BA student at SOAS. Outside of coding languages with Grambank, his study focusses on language and identity on the internet, particularly the orthography of memes and online/offline code-switching.
Maisie Yong is a BA Japanese and Linguistic student at SOAS, University of London and is a language coder for Grambank. Versed in both Mandarin and English, she codes mostly for Sino-Tibetan languages whose grammars are written in Mandarin. She inadvertently speaks Singlish when exasperated.