Advocacy AND support

One of LCNAU’s key roles is to advocate for and provide support to the sector. This page gives an overview of our most recent activities.

Prizes and awards

LCNAU is preparing a suite of prizes and awards to draw attention to the achievements of our members and to support them in the pursuit of their careers. Details will shortly be made available.

Advocacy for languages

Australian Academy of the Humanities launches Call to Action on Languages

LCNAU has received the following press release from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has indicated its strong support for the the Academy’s statement, which appears below.  We shall give you further updates as they become available.

 

 

“Australia joins global Call to Action to celebrate language diversity and promote a multilingual world”

Five of the world’s leading Learned Academies, including the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), have joined forces in calling for urgent action to protect and promote language study globally.

It’s the first time national peak bodies in the humanities and social sciences have collaborated to issue a public call on behalf of language diversity to meet the growing communications challenges of the 21st century.

This unprecedented collaboration has been prompted in part by the COVID-19 pandemic which has intensified and challenged communications – virtual meetings, streamlining cultural content, international news, social media – and increased tensions across international borders.

Academy President, Professor Lesley Head FASSA FAHA, said ‘the COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest indication that societies need to develop language policies that are explicit, coordinated and comprehensive, making access to all of the world’s languages a core feature and indispensable part of the education of every student, of every age, and beginning with languages learned at home.

‘We are at an extraordinary moment in human history. Cooperation within and across borders is vital as we work to solve global challenges. Clear and precise communication is more crucial than ever before to the health and security of every nation,’ Professor Head said.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has signed a joint statement with the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia to help reverse the trend, particularly in predominantly English-speaking nations which are not producing enough speakers of languages other than English to meet 21st century needs.

Former AAH President, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM FAHA, played a key role in shaping the statement with international colleagues. A leading expert in Language and Literacy Education in Australia, he believes we need ‘a comprehensive, long-term approach to cultivate the multilingual resources of our country.’

Professor Lo Bianco says since 1975 in Australia there have been close to 70 separate reports or policies which combined have provided no clarity or consistency and which have changed at the whim of a new government.

‘Both sides of politics have dropped the ball on this. What we’ve seen over the years is the politicisation of something which should be in the national interest. Governments haven’t been listening to the experts,’ Professor Lo Bianco said.

‘When it comes to language policy it should never be about the government of the day picking winners at the expense of others.’

Professor Lo Bianco, who wrote the National Policy on Languages for Australia in 1987, the first multilingual national language policy for an English-speaking country, believes the time has come for Australia to embrace its diversity and for the adoption of a bipartisan approach, requiring a commitment to a concerted and consistent approach to language learning in our schools, universities, workplaces and at home.

‘We must also accept and build on the fact that, through their languages, migrants to Australia and our Indigenous communities present a special gift to the nation,’ he said. 

‘These Australians should be supported in sharing their languages across generations, to help safeguard their traditions and be protected from discrimination on the basis of their language and culture,’ Professor Lo Bianco said.

We stand ready to assist the Australian government in developing a coordinated and comprehensive approach to language policy.

Media contact: Jeremy Lasek 0417 652771 or Jeremy.lasek@humanities.org.au

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

European Languages Event

Intersectional, Transcultural, Decolonial? Challenges and Opportunities for Modern European Languages in the Anglosphere
Friday 30 April 6.30pm AEST (Melbourne time) – 9.30am GMT+1 (UK time)
Conveners: Dr Francesco Ricatti (Monash University) and Dr Barbara Spadaro (University of Liverpool)
Speakers: Dr Ruth Bush (University of Bristol), Dr Fernanda Penaloza (University of Sydney), Dr Emanuelle Santos (University of Birmingham), A/Prof Christiane Weller (Monash University)
Discussants: Prof Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Prof Loredana Polezzi (Stony Brook University)
For further information and registration:

AFMLTA conference

You can now register for the AFMLTA conference, which will take place entirely online from 5-6 July. Earlybird rates are available until April 30. For further information on conference themes and keynote speakers, go to https://afmlta.asn.au/2021-conference-page/ 

 

PhD scholarship (Russian)

A PhD scholarship is available to study the poorly understood impact of famine on what has been referred to as the ‘feminised’ rural society in the Soviet Union during the post-war WWII period, where a range of factors left many rural areas with a significant demographic imbalance in favour of women to men. Applicants may address the following questions: how did famine affect this type of society? How did burdens fall differently and how were they dealt with along gendered lines and also by children? What can such a study tell us about the role of gender in famine and shaping post-famine societies?

The candidate will require a working knowledge of the Russian language, have some grounding in the history of the period and, desirably, relevant expertise in histories of gender, human movement, and ecology.

Contact: Dr Filip Slaveski – filip.slaveski@deakin.edu.au\

Conference Announcement

ISFAR @ 35:   Australia and France in a Regional and Global Context: Past Engagements and Future Research Directions

35th Anniversary Symposium of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations (ISFAR) in Honour of Professor Colin Nettelbeck

8-9 April 2021, online

This online Symposium offers a comprehensive overview of contemporary research in the field of French-Australian relations. The papers cover a broad range of political, cultural and historical topics, from the early history of French-Australian relations to the contemporary diplomatic rapprochement in the Pacific in the context of an encroaching China; photography and viniculture; student educational tours and language enrichment; and aspects of the history of World War One and Two in Europe and the Pacific. A major theme of the Symposium is France’s presence in the Indo-Pacific.

There is no registration fee but participants should ensure they are ISFAR members for 2021. Details of membership can be found at: https://www.isfar.org.au/membership/

Register for the Symposium here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-and-france-in-a-regional-and-global-context-tickets-145180198883

The membership fees of Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Casual workers, and of anyone else claiming hardship, can be paid from a special grant. Simply indicate on the membership form, beneath your signature, that you request this exemption.

There is also a free online public keynote address:

Professor Robert Aldrich, Professor of European History at the University of Sydney: From the French East Indies Company to the French in the ‘Indo-Pacific’

Thursday 8 April, 5.30 – 7pm

Registration for the public lecture: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/from-the-french-east-indies-company-to-the-french-in-the-indo-pacific-tickets-145178200907

The programme with the list of abstracts and session timetable can be found on the ISFAR website at https://www.isfar.org.au/events/

Enquiries: elizabeth.rechniewski@sydney.edu.au

Reports and submissions

European Languages Event

Intersectional, Transcultural, Decolonial? Challenges and Opportunities for Modern European Languages in the Anglosphere
Friday 30 April 6.30pm AEST (Melbourne time) – 9.30am GMT+1 (UK time)
Conveners: Dr Francesco Ricatti (Monash University) and Dr Barbara Spadaro (University of Liverpool)
Speakers: Dr Ruth Bush (University of Bristol), Dr Fernanda Penaloza (University of Sydney), Dr Emanuelle Santos (University of Birmingham), A/Prof Christiane Weller (Monash University)
Discussants: Prof Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Prof Loredana Polezzi (Stony Brook University)
For further information and registration:

AFMLTA conference

You can now register for the AFMLTA conference, which will take place entirely online from 5-6 July. Earlybird rates are available until April 30. For further information on conference themes and keynote speakers, go to https://afmlta.asn.au/2021-conference-page/ 

 

PhD scholarship (Russian)

A PhD scholarship is available to study the poorly understood impact of famine on what has been referred to as the ‘feminised’ rural society in the Soviet Union during the post-war WWII period, where a range of factors left many rural areas with a significant demographic imbalance in favour of women to men. Applicants may address the following questions: how did famine affect this type of society? How did burdens fall differently and how were they dealt with along gendered lines and also by children? What can such a study tell us about the role of gender in famine and shaping post-famine societies?

The candidate will require a working knowledge of the Russian language, have some grounding in the history of the period and, desirably, relevant expertise in histories of gender, human movement, and ecology.

Contact: Dr Filip Slaveski – filip.slaveski@deakin.edu.au\

Conference Announcement

ISFAR @ 35:   Australia and France in a Regional and Global Context: Past Engagements and Future Research Directions

35th Anniversary Symposium of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations (ISFAR) in Honour of Professor Colin Nettelbeck

8-9 April 2021, online

This online Symposium offers a comprehensive overview of contemporary research in the field of French-Australian relations. The papers cover a broad range of political, cultural and historical topics, from the early history of French-Australian relations to the contemporary diplomatic rapprochement in the Pacific in the context of an encroaching China; photography and viniculture; student educational tours and language enrichment; and aspects of the history of World War One and Two in Europe and the Pacific. A major theme of the Symposium is France’s presence in the Indo-Pacific.

There is no registration fee but participants should ensure they are ISFAR members for 2021. Details of membership can be found at: https://www.isfar.org.au/membership/

Register for the Symposium here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-and-france-in-a-regional-and-global-context-tickets-145180198883

The membership fees of Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Casual workers, and of anyone else claiming hardship, can be paid from a special grant. Simply indicate on the membership form, beneath your signature, that you request this exemption.

There is also a free online public keynote address:

Professor Robert Aldrich, Professor of European History at the University of Sydney: From the French East Indies Company to the French in the ‘Indo-Pacific’

Thursday 8 April, 5.30 – 7pm

Registration for the public lecture: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/from-the-french-east-indies-company-to-the-french-in-the-indo-pacific-tickets-145178200907

The programme with the list of abstracts and session timetable can be found on the ISFAR website at https://www.isfar.org.au/events/

Enquiries: elizabeth.rechniewski@sydney.edu.au

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Becoming a member to support LCNAU’s advocacy activities has never been more important. Find out about unique membership benefits and how to sign-up here: