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Summer Training Course in Uppsala

A 3-month capacity building Summer Training Course was organized by the Oceanic and Southeast Asian (OCSEAN) consortium from June to September 2022. Maximilian Larena served as the lead course coordinator. The course covers training on linguistic data collection, management, and archiving, as well as workshops archaeology, anthropology, heritage conservation, and population genetics. Participants from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, including indigenous representatives, cultural workers, and academics, attended the course, which was held at Uppsala University in Sweden from June 15, 2022 to September 12, 2022.

At the beginning of the course, a Linguistic workshop was conducted for one month, with George Saad from Palacky University, Hanna Fricke from the University of Amsterdam, and Owen Edwards from Leiden University as facilitators. The workshop aimed to give participants a thorough understanding of how to gather and handle linguistic data on a specific language, covering lexical data (long wordlist) and textual data. Participants were taught transcription methods and the proper way to store and archive data in an accessible and transparent manner. The workshop utilized seminars, supervised practice sessions, and unsupervised project work as modes of instruction. The second module was a workshop on Anthropology, which aimed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the latest research on paleoanthropology, heritage preservation, and community archaeology in Southeast Asia. Participants received instruction from a range of visiting speakers in seminar and lecture formats, as well as participating in laboratory tours, practical exercises, and group work and presentations. As part of the educational program, the participants visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Drottningholm, Falun Mine, and Birka Archaeological Site. Facilitators for the workshop included Hugo Reyes Centeno, James Keppeler, and John Peterson.

The last module was a workshop on population genetics, with the aim to provide the participants a comprehensive understanding of human origins and evolutionary history, using the latest genetic findings following the genomic revolution. The workshop employed a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, group discussions, research facility and museum visits, laboratory exercises, and group projects. Facilitators for the workshop included Maximilian Larena, Ma. Junaliah Kels, and Concetta Burgarella, with other guest speakers also invited to contribute.


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