I am a PhD student in anthropology working under the supervision of Dr. Mark Turin. My research explores the distribution of languages, resettlement patterns, and complex language practices of marginalized language communities in New York City and Kathmandu. I come to UBC with a professional background in geographic information systems (GIS) and a strong commitment to service, particularly through humanitarian GIS and citizen mapping initiatives. I received my MSc in Geography in 2009, focusing on the relationship between landscape and language among Kaike speakers in Dolpa, Nepal, using a participatory mapping approach to illustrate gendered and children’s worldviews. Other research projects include: the role of street theater in social change in Nepal; the socio-historical co-evolution of the supernatural and religion in southern Italy; the efficacy of a women’s empowerment program for an international NGO in Nepal; and the association between food and family relationships across three generations of one Italian-American family.
Research Key Words: Language, mobility, identity, borders, space and place, urban anthropology, mapping, GIS
I am interested in linguistic mobility, geographies, and boundary-making, and in the complexities of mapping the movement of languages and the people who speak them. My research uses mapping to illustrate lived experiences of linguistic belonging and identity in different spatial contexts, with a geographic concentration in Nepal and New York City. I am also interested in historical and contemporary examples of language mapping as a disruptive force countering colonial and statist narratives about language, identity, and the nation-state.
Concurrent research interests include language endangerment and maintenance, social-ecological resilience, mountain geographies, and anthropological, ecological, and humanitarian applications of GIS.
2021. Perlin, Ross, Nawang Gurung, Sienna Craig, Maya Daurio, Daniel Kaufman, and Mark Turin. “Who Will Care for the Care Worker? The COVID-19 Diaries of a Sherpa Nurse in New York City.” Issues Journal 4 (1). https://doi.org/10.51142/issues-journal-4-1-2.
2021. Craig, Sienna, Maya Daurio, Daniel Kaufman, Ross Perlin, and Mark Turin. “The Unequal Effects of COVID-19 on Multilingual Immigrant Communities.” The Globe and Mail, March 24. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-the-unequal-effects-of-covid-19-on-multilingual-immigrant-communities/
2020. Gurung, Nawang, Ross Perlin, Mark Turin, Sienna R. Craig, Maya Daurio, and Daniel Kaufman. “Himalayan New Yorkers Tell Stories of COVID-19.” The Nepali Times, June 6. https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/himalayan-new-yorkers-tell-stories-of-covid-19/.
2020. Daurio, Maya, Sienna R. Craig, Daniel Kaufman, Ross Perlin, and Mark Turin. “Subversive Maps: How Digital Language Mapping Can Support Biocultural Diversity.” Langscape Magazine Vol. 9, Summer/Winter 2020, “The Other Extinction Rebellion: Countering the Loss of Biocultural Diversity”, online preprint at https://terralingua.org/langscape_articles/subversive-maps-how-digital-language-mapping-can-support-biocultural-diversity/.
2020. Maya Daurio and Mark Turin. “‘Langscapes’ and Language Borders: Linguistic Boundary-Making in Northern South Asia.” Eurasia Border Review 10 (1), 21-42. http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/publictn/eurasia_border_review/Vol101/V10N1_03-Daurio&Turin.pdf
2020. Maya Daurio. “Review of Trans-Himalayan Traders Transformed: Return to Tarang.” Himalaya 39 (2). https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol39/iss2/22
2019. Maya Daurio. “The Significance of Place in Ethnolinguistic Vitality: Spatial Variations Across the Kaike-Speaking Diaspora Of Nepal.” In The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya, edited by Selma K. Sonntag and Mark Turin (Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers), pages 109-136. https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.04
2012. Maya Daurio. “The Fairy Language: Language Maintenance and Social-Ecological Resilience Among the Tarali of Tichurong, Nepal.” Himalaya 31 (1 & 2): 7-21. https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol31/iss1/8
2007. Maya Daurio. “Review of Beyond the Myth of Eco-Crisis: Local Responses to Pressure on Land in Nepal.” The Organization: A Practicing Manager’s Quarterly, July-September 10 (3).
Esri Canada GIS Scholarship (co-recipient with Stephen Chignell), 2021
UBC Public Scholars Initiative, 2020
UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, 2019-2023
Governor’s Award for Excellence in Performance, State of Montana , 2018
Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, University of Montana , 2008
Harold Bockemuehl Scholarship, Department of Geography, University of Montana , 2008
Asia Fund Scholarship, School for International Training , 1998