About Timothy Thurston
I am lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, researching language, folklore, and society in Northwest China. I am particularly interested in oral cultures of Northwest China, broadly construed to include oral traditions, contemporary hip-hop, and everything in between. In 2015, I completed my dissertation on language, modernity, and Tibetan comedy in Amdo and I am currently writing a manuscript entitled Satirical Tibet: Media, Voice, and Ideology in a Modernizing Amdo. I am also PI of the Tibetan Sustainable Heritage Initiative (TaSHI), which aims to develop new pathways for supporting the vitality and viability of threatened traditional practices and knowledge systems in Tibetan communities within the People's Republic of China.