Language

19 Oct 2019 — 19 Oct 2019

Language: Interdisciplinary public forum

This year, we’ve teamed up with our colleagues at the University of Melbourne to explore timely themes via a series of interdisciplinary forums — and this month, we invite you to join us as we engage with the theme of language.

Held to mark the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, our second forum will feature artists, performers and researchers from a range of disciplines exploring language in its many forms. Throughout the day, speakers will share insights into non-verbal and non-human forms of communication; Indigenous languages; and the relationship between language and power.

Speakers include Beth Sometimes, Amelia Turner and Shirley Turner who will introduce audiences to Apmere angkentye-kenhe (a place for language) in Mparntwe/Alice Springs; Professor Alison Lewis who will look back on the Stasi and the secret language of power, and Professor Mark Elgar, who will delve into the question of whether animals have language. The full program is listed below.

The forum will also feature What might be obvious to me may not be obvious to others, a performance lecture by artist Sam Petersen and a newly commissioned performance of Fayen d’Evie and Benjamin Hancock’s Essays in vibrational poetics {~~} … , … ; … 2019.

Entry is free, however bookings are essential, as places will book out.

 

9.30am-10am REGISTRATION / COFFEE (provided)

10am – 10.30am INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

Welcome to Country

Introduction | Kelly Gellatly | Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art 

SESSION ONE

10.30-10.50am

Harley Dunolly-Lee | proud Dja Dja Wurrung person and speaker; community linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.

Working with Communities

10.50-11.10am

Associate Professor Richard Frankland | Associate Professor Cross-Disciplinary Practice, School of Theatre & School of Film & Television, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

The language of tomorrow’s Australia

11.10-11.20am Q and A

11.20-11.40am MORNING TEA (provided)

11.40am-12.10pm

Beth Sometimes | artist, interpreter/translator and language worker

Amelia Kngwarraye Turner | Arrernte cultural leader, angangkere (traditional healer) and artist

Shirley Kngwarraye Turner | educator, cultural worker and poet

Apmere angkentye-kenhe

12.10-12.30pm

Dr Jennifer Green | DECRA Research Fellow in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne, supported by RUIL (the Research Unit for Indigenous Language) and CoEDL (the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language)

Visible talk: Australian Indigenous sign languages

12.30-12.40pm Q and A

12.40-1.30pm LUNCH (provided)

SESSION TWO

1.30-1.50pm

Fayen d’Evie | artist and writer

Reading the indecipherable 

1.50-2.10pm

Fayen d’Evie and Benjamin Hancock | Essays in vibrational poetics {~~} … , … ; … 2019

A newly commissioned performance.

SESSION THREE

2.10-2.30pm

Professor John Hajek | Professor of Italian Studies, Director of RUMACCC, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne

Language conflict in Italy and Belgium – a European disease?

2.30-2.50pm

Professor Alison Lewis | Professor, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne

The Stasi and the secret language of power

2.50-3.00pm Q and A

3.00-3.20pm AFTERNOON TEA (provided)

SESSION FOUR

3.20-3.40pm

Sam Petersen | artist

Lecture Performance | What might be obvious to me may not be obvious to others. 

SESSION FIVE

3.40-4.00pm

Dr Jey Han Lau | School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne

Creativity, Machine and Poetry

4.00-4.20pm

Professor Mark Elgar | Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Behaviour, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne 

Do animals have language?

4.20-4.30pm Q and A / close