School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

  • Strange bedfellows? The ideological migration of UKIP voters to Labour in the 2017 UK General Election by David Jeffery and Keshia Jacotine At 10pm on Thursday 8 June, British voters faced yet another political shock. Despite an overwhelming 21 percent lead (YouGov), the Conservatives failed to win enough seats to form a majority government. As the count unfolded, the reality dawned that Theresa May did not receive the landslide that she had gambled on. ...
  • The global opportunities with Arts at Monash Arts/Law alum Sarah Holloway, co-founder of Matcha MaidenArts/Law (2012) 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 ...
  • Calvin Fung’s winning short story and research Calvin FungCalvin 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). Award-winners are announced at the ...
  • 2018 Walter Mangold Language Scholarships TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCHANGE & STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS! Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are available to full-time university students in Victoria who complete second year academic requirements in a modern language and are approved for an exchange or study abroad program in 2018.
  • Part II: Raising the political stakes with Jeanne d’Arc and Dr Ali Alizadeh Joan of Arc statue in the French Quarter in New Orleans, USA. I think truth is something we, artists and scientists alike, are all interested in in different ways. My novel might propose a truth about what it means to be a revolutionary subject, and a scientist might propose a truth about the cause of global warming. So we’re interested in truths in different ways. And I ...
  • Part I: Raising the political stakes with Jeanne d’Arc and Dr Ali Alizadeh Jeanne d'Arc, photo by Jasper Pitt-AlizadehJeanne 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 ...
  • Speaking the language of us Laura BlackmoreIn 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. It’s a page where Melbourne’s cultural diversity comes into play but perhaps more importantly, highlights the often overlooked ...
  • Verge 2017 call out for submissions! Monash University’s annual creative writing journal is now calling for submissions.
  • Literary Habitats congratulates “My Place, My Story” winning entries L-R: Prof Sue Kossew (Literary Studies, Monash University), Jessica McDonald (adult winner), Anisha Gupta (youth winner), Estela Anders (adult runner-up), Gareth Cassidy (youth runner-up); Joshua Pomare (adult highly commended), Jennifer Nguyen (youth highly commended), Peter Head (Clayton Library)Literary Habitats is a Monash/Warwick Alliance funded project led by Monash University Prof Sue Kossew and Dr Mridula Chakraborty that, on the Monash side of the project, aimed to explore the ways in which literary activities, broadly defined, circulate in the city of Melbourne, a UNESCO-designated City of Literature. Melbourne is the only such City of Literature ...
  • “I was hooked”: a conversation with Monash Arts alumna Grace Orange Administration of polio vaccine for kids in CipanasArts/Science graduate Grace Orange interned with Indonesian NGO Yayasan Usaha Mulia as part of her Monash Arts degree, travelling to remote villages in West Java, delivering a report that triggered the implementation of crucial health treatments for the hundreds of people who live there. Grace’s report demonstrated the health, educational and community development benefits of integrating ...
  • Imagining our future: science fiction and climate change | A conversation with Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner Photo: Chad StembridgeAs 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, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL), to talk about his research into ...
  • The shelf-life of slang – what will happen to those ‘democracy sausages’? Kate Burridge, Monash University Every year around this time, dictionaries across the English-speaking world announce their “Word of the Year”. These are expressions (some newly minted and some golden oldies too) that for some reason have shot into prominence during the year. Earlier this month The Australian National Dictionary Centre declared its winner “democracy sausage” – the ...
  • Enter the My Place, My Story writing competition The City of Monash is conducting the My Place, My Story Writing Competition in association with Monash University, run in co-operation with Monash Council Libraries as part of the  Literary Habitats joint research project between Monash and Warwick University.  Aspiring and emerging writers are encouraged to write and submit a short creative piece that explores the idea of place: where ...
  • Godzilla’s lost nuclear past: Dr Jason Jones Jason JonesYou might remember Godzilla demolishing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, or Matthew Broderick defeating the monster in New York, but what do you know about Godzilla’s nuclear past? The original Godzilla film tackles the threat of the atomic age and nuclear weapons, it’s about Japan being drawn into war again, and about people living with the ...
  • How the dictionary is totes taking up the vernacular Kate Burridge, Monash University There’s a new arrival on the dictionary scene – the much-anticipated second edition of the Australian National Dictionary, known fondly as AND. As I recently wrote, these beautiful two volumes should certainly put to rest any fears people might have about the continued place of “tree-dictionaries” in an age of e-books and digital ...
  • “Reading Coetzee’s Women” conference an outstanding success There has been enormous international scholarly interest in J.M Coetzee’s writings in recent years. Since 2009, five major international conferences have been held and two literary biographies, 10 monographs and over 300 articles have been published about his work. Despite this, very little has been written about his female narrators and characters or ...
  • Insults, offence and words that wound: why language needs to be handled with care Howard Manns, Monash University Who can say what to whom in Australia? In this six-part series, we look at the complex idea of freedom of speech, who gets to exercise it and whether it is being curtailed in public debate. Our linguistic and legal obsession with “insult” and “offence” is nothing new. In 1832, Sydney resident William ...
  • LLCL Honours student recognised in prestigious international awards programme Honours student in Literary Studies, Calvin Fung, has received a High Commendation in The Undergraduate Awards (UA), a global, pan-discipline academic awards programme designed to identify leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework.  Calvin has been invited to attend the UA Global Summit in Dublin this November, where he will rub shoulders with some of the brightest undergraduate ...
  • VCE Oral Workshop for Second Language Indonesian All students currently studying Indonesian language for the Victorian Certificate of Education are invited to apply for Monash University’s 2016 VCE Oral workshops. The workshops this year will consist of four workshops held over two days followed by a mock VCE oral exam. All sessions take place at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus.  Aim for the workshop: The aim ...
  • Monash Chinese Studies students awarded study scholarships in language competition Last week saw Monash Arts students win the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students once again.  Two of our students, Sean Hyatt and Tristan McCarthy, took out the Champion of Oceania and the 1st Prize respectively in the grand finals of the 15th “Chinese Bridge” competition held in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan ...
  • Strong Monash line-up at the Melbourne Writers Festival Monash University academics are well represented at the Melbourne Writers Festival, a two-week celebration of Australia’s writers, readers and thinkers. Monash University representatives can be found here. Journalism senior lecturer Dr Nasya Bahfen will be speaking at the first session on Friday, August 26. The forum is a free event. Details below … Dr Nasya Bahfen Lecturer Journalism “Forum: The Right ...
  • Research Interview: Japanese Studies’ Jason Jones Dr Jason Jones, Japanese Studies lecturer at Monash University. Want to know how the Japanese language, wine, Godzilla and video games all tie in to being a researcher at Monash? Jason talks about his research in the sub-genre of wine manga and the Japanese fascination with French wine, as well as giving us a window onto some ...
  • Grey dawn or the twilight years? Let’s talk about growing old Kate Burridge, Monash University and Réka Benczes, Monash University The most recent National Press Club forum on aged care has once again put the spotlight on the “longevity revolution” and attitudes towards Australia’s ageing population. Australia as a ‘youthful’ society The word ageism – “prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age” – made its first ...
  • Slanguage and ‘dinky di’ Aussie talk in elections Howard Manns, Monash University Co-written with Kate Burridge Bill Shorten’s been telling us he wants to give Australians a “fair go”. Malcolm Turnbull has decried Labor for an “assault on the Australian spirit”. Of course, they’re not the first pollies to drag the Australian spirit and Aussie talk into the dirty business of campaigning. But why do they ...
  • Brexit stage right: what Britain’s decision to leave the EU means for Australia Ben WellingsBen Wellings, Monash University Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has opened a fundamental crack in the western world. Australia’s relationship with the United Kingdom is grounded in the UK’s relationship with the EU. Given Australia’s strong and enduring ties with the UK and the EU, the shockwaves from this epoch-defining event will be felt in ...
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