School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

  • Critical Matters: A review of book reviewing in a one day symposium CritMatt-web-1181px-orangeblueMonash University’s Centre for the Book is hosting a one-day symposium on Thursday April 9th entitled: Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now The first of its kind ever held in Australia, this symposium brings together over 30 book reviewers, editors and academics to discuss the state of literary criticism in the public sphere today. For more information on the symposium
  • Oscar Schwartz wins The Lifted Brow Prize oscar-schwartzOscar Schwartz, currently undertaking a PhD in the Literary and Cultural Studies program, has just been announced as the winner of The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. Schwartz won with his piece: ‘Humans Pretending to be Computers Pretending to be Human’ which is based on his PhD project (supervised by Professor Andrew Benjamin and Dr Anna Poletti). The
  • Lecture: Dr Carrieri on Jewish musicians in Fascist Italy la-difesa-della-razzaDr Alessandro Carrieri will talk on: Memory and resistance of Jewish musicians in Fascist Italy 19th March, 5.30pm  Caulfield campus, Building H, Room HB36 There are voices of resistance that are little heard but will remain alive forever. This is the case of Italian Jewish musicians and composers in Fascist Italy. After the announcement of racial laws by Benito
  • RISM/Italian Studies in the Community document_iconResearch in Italian Studies in Melbourne (RISM), is an initiative of Italian Studies at Monash University. RISM presents a series of seminars, based around an overarching theme, with the aim of bringing together scholars working in all the Universities of the Melbourne area as well as the general public. The RISM seminars are regularly organised at
  • Translation and Interpreting internships with Antarctic marine conservation NGO CCAMLR logoThe Translation and Interpreting Studies program has recently signed an internship agreement with the CCAMLR, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. The international organisation, based in Hobart, operates in 4 official languages: English, French, Russian and Spanish. The internship will provide Monash translating and interpreting students with the opportunity to work under the
  • Japanese Studies Centre Seminar Series document_iconThe Japanese Studies Centre holds monthly seminar series and this year’s seminars are beginning next month. Here are some ‘save the dates’ for the first semester seminars.  All meetings will run from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Japanese Studies Centre, Clayton Campus. A light lunch will be served – RSVPs appreciated but not required. March: 18th March: Dr. Robyn Spence-Brown, Monash University. The mystery
  • New Monash Rudewych PhD Scholarships Advertised Conference-image-4In June 2014 Victor and Maria Rudewych donated $1.52 million to support, in part, university research and teaching in Ukrainian Studies in Australia. In fulfilment of one of the wishes of the donors, the benefaction will be used in part to fund up to four three-year PhD scholarships in Ukrainian Studies or in related fields in
  • And, like, she goes ‘yeah, nah’: terminating our bad speech habits 97286c96cecb3f0993caedd1ad5a0d27_nby Baden Eunson Australians aren’t well known for their articulation. From Kath and Kim to Kylie Mole, we’re the first to poke fun at our poor speech habits. But are our word choices reflecting badly on our common or garden intelligence? Should we worry about the degradation of our language leading to the degradation of our
  • It takes a whole village to raise a child document_iconby Delita Sartika Even though women’s issues were not a top feature of the presidential campaigns in this year’s election, they have risen to be some of the most dynamic discourses around the performance of the new government. The announcement of the Working Cabinet by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Oct. 26, which features eight women ministers,
  • Literary researcher acknowledged b58b791bed6f9f478c38b99e8f1b1d27_nA leading scholar has been recognised for her work in literary studies with election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Monash University’s Professor Sue Kossew, from the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, has joined 18 other newly elected Fellows announced at the Academy’s recent annual general meeting. The aim of the Academy is
  • Launch of journal special issue edited by Monash LLCL academic Special IssueAssociate Professor Millicent (Slobodanka) Vladiv-Glover, of Monash’s School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, has edited and contributed to a special edition of the journal Transcultural Studies, which is to be launched in Canberra this week. The special edition, The Serbs and Miles Franklin in World War One in documents, fiction and commentary, includes the first
  • Call for papers: Conference on Central and West Asia and their diasporas call-for-papersCall for Papers: An International Conference on the Transnational and Transgenerational in Central and West Asia and their Diasporas Hosted by Monash University Faculty of Arts Sponsored by the Monash Asia Institute and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Scholars of West and Central Asia, especially Iran and its neighbours, are invited to submit proposals for pre-arranged panels or individual papers
  • Why Hong Kong’s students are demonstrating Image: 'umbrella revolution_4693' by Chet Wong (
License: Under license CC BY 2.0 of thousands of students and other citizens are demonstrating and occupying key financial areas of Hong Kong. Sunday afternoon the Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray in an effort to disperse the students and end the demonstration. Instead, many more came to participate, doubling the number of demonstrators. The police retreated. The
  • Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship 2014-09-13-10.30.44The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships, sponsored by the Readings Foundation, offer merging writers across all genres support, as well as a place to work for two months. Louis Bravos, a sessional tutor in Japanese and Translation at Monash, has been chosen as one of the 2014 fellows, affording him an opportunity to work on
  • Why dictators and detectives are a good match in crime fiction db30bc909dbfce93f1d28ef8a377591f_nby Stewart King Dictators dislike detective novels. Both fascist Italy and Nazi Germany outlawed crime fiction in 1941. The crime novel, according to the Italian Ministry of Popular Culture, weakened the health of the nation. For the Nazis, its threat was the promotion of “pure liberalism,” such as democracy and the rule of law. If dictatorships don’t
  • Will Self, George Orwell and … what’s he newspeaking about? b96ee4ebfd812d9be50203acf725012d_nby Howard Manns Writer Will Self grabbedheadlines earlier this week by referring to George Orwell as the “Supreme Mediocrity”. He wrote: The curious thing is that while during the post-war period we’ve had many political leaders, we’ve got by with just a single Supreme Mediocrity – George Orwell. Yet, a closer look at Self’s writing shows it to be more a
  • Internship Opportunity: Australian Embassy in Berlin admin-ajaxThe Australian Embassy in Berlin is calling for applications from undergraduate students, postgraduate students or recent graduates expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Embassy.  The Internship will cover the period January – March 2015.  Applications for this period close on Sunday, 14 September 2014. A copy of the Embassy’s announcement may be accessed
  • Linguists recognised by Indonesian government Senior managers from Sekretariat Negara Republik Indonesia. L-R: Eko Harnowo, Syarif Hidayatullah, Indriawaty, Nurmeilawati and Conakry Marsono Yamtomo.International recognition of the calibre of Monash translation experts was demonstrated by a recent visit by senior Asian delegates. Five senior managers from Indonesia’s Ministry of State Secretariat visited Monash as part of an interdisciplinary program on “Developing Translation and Interpreting Services in Indonesia”. Supported by the Australian Government’s Australia Award Fellowship (AAF), they recently joined 20
  • Internship Opportunity: Jewish Museum – German Project admin-ajaxThe Jewish Museum of Australia was established in 1982 and for thirteen years was located in the synagogue of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, South Yarra. In that time, the Jewish Museum presented over forty wide-ranging exhibitions, several of which travelled nationally. The Museum attracted significant communal support and won several prestigious industry awards. In 1992 the
  • Environmental poetry, guerrilla poetry and poetry bombing Monash Universitys Professor Kate Rigby with Professor David MorleyHow do we put place poetry at the heart of everything we do and who we are? This topic and associated themes will be explored by internationally renowned poet Professor David Morley, at a public lecture to be held at the Monash University’s Caulfield campus next Wednesday. Visiting Monash from The University of Warwick, Professor Morley said
  • Reinterpreting ‘Italian’ for the 21st century Monash Warwick Alliance Joint PhD student, Goffredo Polizzi.In an era when millions of people living in countries other than Italy identify themselves as Italian – it is the fifth most claimed ancestry in Australia – the question of what that actually means becomes a complex one. In research that will take him to Italy, England and Australia, Mr Goffredo Polizzi, one of the
  • New Colombo Plan Scholarships – Explore Indonesia this Summer! colombo-planThe Faculty of Arts is excited to announce that it has been awarded 30 scholarships for its students to undertake short term studies in Indonesia. The scholarships are valued at $3000 each for travel on an approved program by 31st July 2015. Students will also be eligible for additional Monash Abroad bursaries and complimentary travel insurance. See the list
  • Monash Staff Media Commentary roundup: MH17 and the War in Eastern Ukraine Melbourne's Ukrainian community mourns the victims of the MH17 disasterSince early 2014, several events at Monash University and at other universities with the involvement of Monash staff and visitors to Monash have sought to clarify the situation in Ukraine on the eve of, and after, the fall of the Yanukovych regime. The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 18 July focussed unprecedented international attention
  • Harder to Bring to Heel Than Putin Expected Professor Marko Pavlyshynby Marko Pavlyshyn The destruction of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine and the death of almost 300 passengers and crew once again brings to the forefront of international attention an ongoing military conflict between separatists abetted by the Russian Federation, and Ukrainian government forces. The most plausible explanation of what happened this morning is that
  • Monash student goes to the United Nations Monash student goes to the United NationsAlistair Bayley visited the United Nations in New York as one of the winners of the Many Languages, One World essay contest.
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