The World Oral Literature Project
is an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record.
The Project has been established to support local communities and committed fieldworkers engaged in the collection and preservation of oral literature by providing funding for original research, alongside training in fieldwork and digital archiving methods. Established at the University of Cambridge in 2009, the project aspires to become a permanent centre for the appreciation and preservation of oral literature and to collaborate with local communities to document their own oral narratives.
The first phase of the World Oral Literature Project provides small grants to fund the collecting of oral literature, with a particular focus on the peoples of Asia and the Pacific, and on areas of cultural disturbance. In addition, the project will host training workshops for grant recipients. The World Oral Literature Project will also publish a
library of oral texts and occasional papers, and make the collections accessible through new media platforms.
Please visit our website for more information about our supplemental grants programme, activities and planned publications. We are very interested in collaborating with other institutions and individuals who are working on related projects and initiatives. If you are interested in exploring how your ongoing work might overlap with our new initiative, we would be delighted to hear from you.