In LLCL we are proud to collaborate with industry, NGOs and partner universities in producing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that addresses the most important challenges of our age.
Much of our research focuses on aspects of narrative. We passionately believe that questions of narrative are at the heart of many of the social, environmental and health challenges that face us today, and we are committed to working alongside our partners to develop powerful and practical ways of harnessing the potential of narrative to meet these challenges, in line with the Monash Arts Faculty research priorities.
Our research is focused in four areas (click to see ongoing research projects in each area):
The Ethics and Limits of Narrative
Deep Sustainability: Narrative, Religion and Ethics
A new approach to sustainability, integrating theories of narrative identity with ecological and religious thought, developing cross-school and industry collaborations.
2014: Monash University faculty of Arts Research Project Grant: $6000
Locating Science Fiction
The project aims to devise and develop a new paradigm for science fiction studies that will encompass the genre’s full range, from the most elite variants of canonical literature through to the most popular versions of film, television and radio. It will apply this paradigm to the study of science fictional representations of future catastrophe, especially plague, nuclear war and extreme climate change.
2012-14: DP120100622 Locating Science Fiction, Australian Research Council
Discovery Grant of $A 239,000.
Back to the Book project (hosted at Utrecht University)
How has the literary evolved as an analog art alongside the digital, and how does this evolution complicate existing models of media convergence? The question is probed on the basis of three integrated cases regarding the re-materialization of the novel and the book as a hybrid mode, and the subculture of paper-based networks of self-expression in personal zines.
Funded by the Dutch Research Council
Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online
Dr. Anna Poletti (co-editor)
Bringing together scholarship about the construction of the self by new and established authors from the fields of digital media and auto/biography studies, this volume presents new case studies and fresh theoretical questions emphasizing the methodological challenges inherent in scholarly attempts to account for and analyze the rise of identity technologies.
Inside Higher Ed article
Nonhuman actors and factors in narrative fiction
Explorations of works of narrative fiction that are seen to open an ethical space within which to reconsider the interactions of multiple human and nonhuman actors and factors in the genesis, unfolding, impact and future implications of eco-catastrophe, whether historically witnessed or imaginatively prefigured.
Narrative, empathy and Identity
Cross-corpus Investigations of Pronominal Reference
The project builds on earlier work by Haig and Schnell who developed a corpus-annotation system (GRAID) for conducting quantitative research into referring expressions in natural language. It aims to (a) broaden the GRAID database by two further languages, Saliba and Javanese, and (b) extend our investigation by another typological feature, namely the distinction between free vs. bound pronouns.
2012 G08 Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme
Grant received for the project Cross-corpus investigations of pronominal reference (with Geoff Haig, Bamberg University). 20,000 AUD for two years
Collaborations with colleagues in brain studies and the medical sciences, inter alia.
For more information, see the GRAID manual
Towards the documentation of Saliba-Logea, an Oceanic Language of Papua New Guinea
The project aims at a documentation of the Salilba-Logea language in its cultural context which combines audio, video and photo material with text files, glosses and translations. The database will feature texts of different types by speakers of all ages. Focal points of the documentation include interviews with community elders, documentation of cultural practices, canoe building, mythical accounts of local landmarks and other traditional stories, texts of ethno-botanical relevance and the emergence of a written language style.
2009: Documentation of Endangered Languages Program, VW Foundation, Germany
Grant received for the documentation of Saliba-Logea (Oceanic, Papua New Guinea) (withCarmen Dawuda, John Hajek and Ulrike Mosel). 50,000 EUR for two years.
2004: Documentation of Endangered Languages Program, VW Foundation, Germany
Grant received for the documentation of Saliba-Logea (Oceanic, Papua New Guinea) (with John Hajek and Ulrike Mosel). 305,800 EUR for three years.
Migrant identities: “Intergenerational Encounters and Narrative Construction of Identity”
This project draws on narrative interviews which shed light on the narrative-social construction of migrant identities in foreign cultural settings. One aspect in which I am particularly interested is the narrative construction of identity and alterity elderly German migrants. Identity, alterity and adaptation are intrinsically linked to change and community resilience. The project therefore also sets out to explore the benefits of intergenerational contact for a subset of elderly CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) community members to address the effects of social isolation. More engagement with local communities, becoming involved in mentoring schemes and opportunities to use their native language can contribute to active, healthy and more positive ageing.
Collaboration 2009-2014 at the local community level in Boroondara, VIC, in the development and implementation of an ‘active ageing’ strategy and creating Age Friendly community. Active ageing initiatives have become a prime focus in many municipalities. The City of Boroondara is committed becoming an Age Friendly City, exemplified in its recognition of the World Health Organisation’s seven key areas for action which include social participation, social inclusion and communication. Boroondara has a population of 30,000 older adults (ca. 25%), and recognises that the importance of an approach that engages and involves affected members of the community and a shift away from a ‘deficiency’ model. Such an approach allows us to explore ageing in terms of adaptation, change and community resilience.
Doctor and patient speech and discourse-pragmatic features in Chinese-English interpreted interactions: perspectives from Chinese-speakers, English-speakers and Chinese-English interpreters
This study examines self-reported communication features of 25 Chinese-speaking patients and 24 English-speaking medical staff in interpreted interactions. Data from 33 Chinese-English interpreters provide a basis for cross-perspective analysis of speakers’ communicative and discourse features.
2013: Arts Faculty Research Grant $6800
The interplay of professional interpreters and (family) language brokers in Macedonian-English interpreted interactions
This study focuses on Macedonian-speakers who require interpreting services and recorded data of interpreted interactions. Data from and the perspectives of 10 professional Macedonian-English interpreters are examined as well as those of family members who function as language brokers.
Narrative, Memory and Politics
Lu Xun and Chinese Senses of the Human
This research examines Lu Xun’s unique stature as China’s best known and most lauded modern writer in relation to his contributions to modern Chinese intellectual culture. Empirically, it deals with China’s revolutionary twentieth century and Lu Xun’s role in shaping that history. Theoretically, the project examines modern Chinese ways of sense-making for what they reveal of an aesthetics of radical self-cultivation.
Narrative, politics and popular culture in Cuba
In this project I examine the role of Cuban crime fiction as a mechanism for disseminating Che Guevarra’s notion of the ‘New Man’, paying special attention to the role played by the “Anniversary of the Revolution” award for crime fiction created in 1971 by the Cuban Ministry of the Interior .
Person-based Deictics as Discourse Markers
While spatial deictics, such as demonstrative, have long been recognised as taking on discourse functions, person deictics, such as personal pronouns, person markers on verbs and nouns, or person-based directionals have hardly been discussed in this way. Yet recent research highlights that across the languages of the world person deictics are employed for a range of discourse functions which are investigated in this project.
2013: Research Project Fund, Faculty of Arts, Monash University. Grant received for research project on discourse uses of personal pronouns. $A 2,000
Internationalisation and Organisational Change in Japan
This ongoing project involves ethnographic analysis of Japanese organisations engaging in reform and renovation activities centered on the concept of ‘internationalisation’. It examines contested meanings of internationalisation and particularly their association with ‘organisational stories’–localised narratives of organisational development sustained and negotiated through discourses and actions in the workplace–and broader narratives of Japan’s economic, social and political engagement with the outside world.
2013: Research Project Fund, Faculty of Arts, Monash University. Grant received for research project on discourse uses of personal pronouns. $A 2,000
Narrative, Violence and War
Transactions is a fictional narrative comprising interconnected stories based on the major arcana cards of the Tarot. This contemporary exploration of the esoteric images features characters of a world under the brutal regime of late global capitalism: a European porn star with a traumatic secret, a deceptive Iranian asylum seeker, a mysterious shape-shifting female assassin, monstrous aid workers in Africa, a sadistic young woman from the Emirates, and a prophetic poet form New Zealand, among many others.
Rethinking the Victim: Gendered violence in Australian women’s writing
Prof. Sue Kossew (Monash)
A/Prof Anne Brewster (UNSW)
This project, the first to examine gendered violence in Australian literature, argues that literary texts by Australian women writers offer unique ways of understanding the social problem of gendered violence, bringing this often private and suppressed issue into the public sphere. It investigates narratives of violence from diverse heritages in fiction, short stories and poetry to rethink representations of victimhood and agency.
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.
2018 Walter Mangold Language Scholarships
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCHANGE & STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS! Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are available to … Continue reading 2018 Walter Mangold Language Scholarships
Part II: Raising the political stakes with Jeanne d’Arc and Dr Ali Alizadeh
This interview is a continuation of Part I: Raising the political stakes with Jeanne d’Arc and Dr Ali Alizadeh. In Part II, we discuss political writing, the phenomena and ideology of real revolution, the question of war, and the revolutionary potential of Jeanne d’Arc in contemporary discourse, politics and concepts of universalism.
Part I: Raising the political stakes with Jeanne d’Arc and Dr Ali Alizadeh
Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc)’s controversial life and death are being depicted in a comprehensive new literary work by Dr Ali Alizadeh titled The Last Days of Jeanne D’Arc due out this year. We sat down with Dr Alizadeh to explore his decades-long research into the character of Jeanne d’Arc that brought up questions about political writing, the phenomena and ideology of real revolution, the question of war, and the revolutionary potential of Jeanne d’Arc in contemporary discourse, politics and concepts of universalism.
Speaking the language of us
In 18 months, about 60 people from 30 different nationalities who speak 40 languages in total have been profiled on Multilinguals of Melbourne, an online photojournalism project on Melbournians started by Master of Interpreting and Translation student Laura Blackmore.
MITS student undertakes internship with partner international organisation ACA
A student from the Master of Translation and Interpreting Studies has recently had the opportunity … Continue reading MITS student undertakes internship with partner international organisation ACA
LLCL School Seminar – Plagiarism: West and East
Today saw the first LLCL School Seminar of the year. Colleagues, visiting guests of the school, … Continue reading LLCL School Seminar – Plagiarism: West and East
Imagining our future: science fiction and climate change | A conversation with Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner
As 2017 begins, we reflect on the beginnings and evolution of our ideas on utopia and dystopia today. From Star Wars to Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest film on climate change, we sat down with Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner, at Monash University’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Literary Studies, to talk about his research into science fictional texts, films and comics – and importantly, how this impacts our future imaginings and humanity.
Godzilla’s lost nuclear past: Dr Jason Jones
You might remember Godzilla demolishing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, or Matthew Broderick defeating the … Continue reading Godzilla’s lost nuclear past: Dr Jason Jones
South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network
A humanities project.
The ambition of this network is to unite academics and writers from around the world whose work focuses on the South Asian Diaspora. We invite all internationally established scholars as well as early-career, postdoctoral and postgraduates interested in this project to register on this network…