Lunch and refreshments will be provided by 12:00 at the Asian Centre Auditorium.
Join us for an open house to celebrate the opening of the Collaborative Digital Heritage Studio (CoDHerS) in the Asian Centre! Come view our new facilities, walk through the recently renovated multimedia editing and production lab and game lab developed by Dr. Colleen Laird, see the premiere of two short documentaries created by Dr. Aynur Kadir and Dr. Pasang Sherpa, and immerse yourself in a multichannel sound installation of Mount Everest glaciers melting, recorded by Dr. Sherpa’s team.
This initial opening event is reserved for faculty and graduate students.
The Collaborative Digital Heritage Studio (CoDHerS), led by Dr. Aynur Kadir and Dr. Colleen Laird, is a multimedia production, exhibition, and archiving studio that aims to support global Indigenous and minoritized communities in documenting, preserving, and sharing endangered traditional knowledge, language, and cultural heritage. CoDHerS is based in the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people. The studio currently facilitates six research clusters that focus on advancing community-specific approaches to document, sustain, archive, revitalize, and access community memories. Currently, we are collaborating with Indigenous and minority communities in British Columbia, Turkey, China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Himalayas. By working directly with communities, CoDHerS aims to address the unique needs and challenges in preserving and providing access to local and global cultural heritage. By establishing connections and partnerships between international Indigenous communities and researchers at UBC, this studio seeks to uplift community knowledge and experience, decolonize digital technologies, and promote a more inclusive and respectful approach to preserving cultural heritage.