LITERARY COMMONS! is a long-term and deep-impact project that brings together writers and fosters writing that is of especial relevance to Australia and India: First Nations/Indigenous and bhasha/Dalit literatures.
The project plays on the old idea of the ‘commons’ where communities and cultures share in a co-operative space of creativity, as well as building upon much that is common between Dalit/tribal and Indigenous worldviews.
The project is convened by Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute, and involves a host of writers from India and Australia.
During the Australian summer 2014-2015, the LITERARY COMMONS! program sent 10 Indigenous writers to 4 literary festivals and 4 specially convened intensive university engagements in India.
Plans are in the works to have bhasha/Dalit Indian artists visit Australia early next year, to continue the exchange of ideas and work.
To read the stories from this project, learn more about the participants, or find out more about LITERARY COMMONS! events, visit the
“Culture wars: where are we now?”: Dr Natalie Doyle to speak at the Australian Academy of the Humanities
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Dr Felicity Chaplin speaks to SBS Radio about tensions surrounding the #MeToo movement
Dr Felicity Chaplin from French Studies at Monash recently spoke with Jean-Noel Ducasse on SBS … Continue reading Dr Felicity Chaplin speaks to SBS Radio about tensions surrounding the #MeToo movement
Alice Whitmore awarded 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
Dr Alice Whitmore, Assistant Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, has been awarded the … Continue reading Alice Whitmore awarded 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
Simon Musgrave to teach at University of Vienna
Monash’s Dr Simon Musgrave (School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics), will be teaching at the University of Vienna over the 2018 European summer semester.
Representations of Identities in Contemporary Societies: three day workshop in Forli, Italy
The first Migration, Translation, and Identities Network (MITN) 3-day workshop, Representations of Identities in Contemporary Societies was held in Forli, Italy (12-14th of July).
External funding success
Congratulations to Professor Rita Wilson, Dr Marc Orlando and Dr Jim Hlavac who have been … Continue reading External funding success
Happiness is ….
PhD student in linguistics Gede Primahadi Wijaya Rajeg was interviewed by SBS Radio last week. … Continue reading Happiness is ….
Olivier Elzingre’s post on passive bilingualism and linguistic identity endorsed by world-leading scholar
Olivier Elzingre blogs on passive bilingualism, and receives a welcome endorsement from world-renowned scholar Jean-Marc Dewaele.
Scholarship gives international Monash University students the chance to hone the delicate art of translation
The Chin Communications Masters Scholarship recognises the importance of training translators and interpreters. The generous philanthropy of award-winning Chinese translation specialists Chin Communications established the scholarship in 2012 – the same year they celebrated their 20th anniversary.
The global opportunities with Arts at Monash
Chinese, Japanese & French languages graduate Sarah Holloway co-founded Matcha Maiden, a global e-commerce organic matcha powder supplier, and about a year ago started the physical venue Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, soon opening in Sydney. Sarah shares her experience making the most of Monash’s global exchange opportunities with her language studies and how this advantaged her in both her law career and current business. She says, ‘languages have really propelled my career and personal life. I can’t even describe the tangible benefits. It helps you in everything you do.’
Translating Worlds: Migration, Memory and Culture
This international and interdisciplinary symposium explores the relations between migration, memory and translation. Bringing together … Continue reading Translating Worlds: Migration, Memory and Culture
Calvin Fung’s winning story and research
Calvin won the Monash University entry for his short story, ‘The Beggar and the Glimpse’, in the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, an annual prize open to any undergraduate student in Australia and New Zealand, now in its fifth year (the 2017 prize is now open closing 12 April). Originally from Hong Kong, we spoke to Calvin about his move to Monash, his short story as well as his plans for the future, which include centering gothic literature and Hong Kong as a setting in his PhD.