Identity & Ways of Knowing: A CHL Flagship Program

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Identity and Knowing Flagship

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The scholars that call CHL home are unique in the variety and depth of the research on Asia & the Pacific. This flagship is dedicated to answering several questions: How can we harness our unique intellectual ecosystem and drive Australian conversations on our region forward? How does this environment shape us as individual educators and researchers? How can we think about language (in research and teaching) as a method of deeper engagement with culture?

These questions engage many of our disparate fields and regions of study together on the theme of Identity & Ways of Knowing. We are hoping for this extended conversation to engage members of the CHL community that might got regularly get the chance to work with their colleagues outside of their individual disciplines or regional areas of study. We are keen for CHL to lead the national Australian conversation on this topic and position itself as the intellectual home for this conversation.

This is now to be an online-only event that includes pre-recorded keynote speeches and post-event online discussions. These multiple modes of engagement should create a lasting impact in which collaborators at ANU and further afield can interact over a longer period of time.

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Plenary Roundtable

This plenary discussion will take place between scholars that represent the disciplinary depth and regional breadth of the CHL community. They will reflect on the ways in which academic and stake-holding language and cultural communities have interacted in their own careers and will identify the tools and methods by which our work can contribute back to ‘home’ communities. This discussion will set the tone and direction for the three main ‘conversation’ clusters of this flagship.

Moderator: Dr Kylie Brass (Australian Academy of the Humanities)


Prof. Assa Doron (ANU)

A/Prof. Carol Hayes (ANU)

A/Prof. Katerina Teaiwa (ANU)

Conversation 1: ‘Digital Humanities, Digital Communities’

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Adrian Vickers (University of Sydney)

Roundtable 1 & 2: participants TBD

This conversation considers the tools, techniques, and repercussions of being a ‘digital scholar’ in non-English spaces across Asia and the Pacific. Included in this conversation cluster is a discussion of digital repatriation of items and knowledge of significance to communities in Asia and the Pacific.

Conversation 2: ‘The Unheard Voices of Language & Culture Research and Education’

Keynote Speaker: A/Prof. Alice Gaby (Monash University)

Roundtable 1 & 2: participants TBD

In our experiences as researchers and educations in the fields of language and culture (in many disciplines), many of our interactions and experiences are invisible after the publication of scholarly materials. Talking with archivists, personal connections to communities, negotiating outsider statuses, and many other unspoken communications in classrooms and in sites of research remain in the realm of anecdote. This conversation cluster considers how we can reflect on and renegotiate these experiences in a meaningful way that can have a lasting impact on research and stake-holder communities.

Conversation 3: ‘Knowledge Systems in Time’

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Esther Klein (ANU)

Roundtable 1 & 2: participants TBD

What happens when traditional and modern language knowledge systems collide? How do we know our languages and the texts we teach and how do we explore this through research or in the classroom? While our other ‘conversations’ consider the distance of space, this cluster is focused on the distance created by time in classrooms and research spaces focusing on historical traditions.

If you are interested in participating as a roundtable discussant in this event, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the following link:

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