The absurdity of English spelling and why we’re stuck with itArticle by Baden Eunson, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Ghoti. How would you pronounce that? According to urban legend, it was George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, who coined the term in his quest for spelling reform. He pronounced it “fish” because of the sounds touGH; wOmen; and naTIOn. It probably wasn’t Shaw, but
Never read an Israeli crime novel? Try some Dror Mishaniby Stewart King
Never read an Israeli crime novel? Inspector Avraham Avraham – the protagonist of three novels by Israeli author Dror Mishani – has a theory on why. Israel doesn’t “produce books like those of Agatha Christie, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” because, he says, “we don’t have crimes like that. We don’t have
Getting under the skin of speculative fiction, science fiction and scientific romanceby Andrew Milner
Science fiction has always been a genre defined ad hoc. The term first appeared in American inter-war “pulp fiction” magazines (so-called for the quality of their paper rather than their writing). But what of “speculative fiction”? And “scientific romance”? How do these terms, and genres, with a shared history and future, interract?
Pulp fiction publisher
Posh accents, discrimination and employment in AustraliaHoward Manns, Monash University
UK researchers recently reviewed the hiring practices of 13 elite law, accountancy and financial companies, and found that applicants with posh accents were favoured over their working class counterparts.
So, does a similar process hold in the Australian context? Are your employment chances rooted and rooned by not having a posh accent?
Herb Feith Memorial Lecture: Professor Adrian Vickers on Indonesian Art HistoryProfessor Adrian Vickers (University of Sydney) will deliver the 2015 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture at Monash University on ‘The Problem with Indonesian Art History’.
Indonesian art history has an odd relationship with general history writing. Like mainstream history, narratives of art history serve nationalist purposes. Modernism in art is equated with nationalism in the official story of Indonesian
Monash hosts national forum on domestic violence and interpretingMonash’s Translation and Interpreting Studies Program will run a forum on domestic violence and interpreting. The forum, to be held on the 24th-25th of September 2015, will address domestic violence and the provision of interpreting services for victims of domestic violence and their families.
The Forum brings together researchers in Translation and Interpreting Studies, Gender Violence, Criminology, Social
David Kral wins 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competitionMonash student David Kral won the first prize at the 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition held in Melbourne University last Saturday, 16 May, beating entrants from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and RMIT University (see attached photo). David will travel to Changsha in Hunan Province, China in July to represent all
Creative Writing student launches debut novelCreative writing Honours student, Eliza Henry-Jones’ debut novel, In the Quiet will be launched on June 30.
The novel is published as part of an international three-book deal with HarperCollins Australia. Eliza completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Creative Writing and Psychology. She won the Monash Undergraduate Fiction Prize in 2009 and
Translation Nation at The Emerging Writers’ FestivalJoin us at the Emerging Writers’ Festival this month as Monash Arts proudly presents; Translation Nation.
Marvel at the mysteries of language, meaning and literary tradition, as five of Australia’s most exciting emerging translators perform parts of one whole story in Mandarin, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
This live translation will be followed by a panel discussion,
Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembranceby Howard Manns
Wars, soldiers and remembrance, not surprisingly, have a large impact on language.
Soldiers returning from overseas posts bring with them the foreign languages of these posts and in-group slang from everyday life. First world war Anzacs ate munga “food, meal” (from a Cairo version of the French manger) and on demand had to alley
Critical Matters: A review of book reviewing in a one day symposiumMonash 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 PrizeOscar 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).
Lecture: Dr Carrieri on Jewish musicians in Fascist ItalyDr 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 CommunityResearch 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 NGOThe 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 SeriesThe 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.
18th March: Dr. Robyn Spence-Brown, Monash University.
New Monash Rudewych PhD Scholarships AdvertisedIn 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 habitsby 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 childby 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 acknowledgedA 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 academicAssociate 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 diasporasCall 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 demonstratingTens 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.