july, 2018

26jul6:00 pm7:30 pmLanguage and Indigenous Community Well-being6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Ideas

Event Details

From Australia, to Pakistan, to the Phillipines, this talk will examine the ways in which language plays a role in Indigenous community wellbeing.

Event details

Event type: Panel
Date: Thursday 26 July 2018
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School (F10), Eastern Avenue (next to Fisher library, either University Ave or City Rd Entrance)
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available at New Law Building carpark, Shepherd Street carpark, Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible. 


Drawing on our experiences as members, activists, and academics of Indigenous communities from different parts of the world, we will discuss how language plays a role in Indigenous community wellbeing. Looking at experiences of language revival and maintenance Australia; MTBMLE implementation in the Philippines; developing Torwali education programs & practice in Swat, Pakistan; and economic opportunities of people using their indigenous languages in Malaysia, the panellists will highlight problems and possibilities in empowering Indigenous language as a means of empowering Indigenous communities.

The Speakers:

  • Stan Grant, ABC TV, Australia (Moderator) Stan is an award winning journalist and broadcaster, and best selling author of several books and has contributed articles to many major Australian newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • Ahmar Mahboob is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include a focus on issues such as educational linguistics, language variation, politics of language, and the use of language arts and sciences to empower Indigenous communities.
  • Shirley N. Dita is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at De La Salle University, the Philippines. Over the years, Shirley has been involved in the corpus building and documentation of various Philippine languages. She works closely with her PhD students in documenting and revitalizing indigenous languages in the country and is a strong advocate of the Mother Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MTBMLE). She is currently doing a project on revitalizing the oral language traditions and cultural practices of some indigenous Philippine languages. Shirley also spent a month in the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and visited various indigenous communities in the country.
  • Mujahid Torwali, Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi & Kyhber Pahktunwha Education Department, Pakistan. He has a Masters in International Relations from University of Malakand in 2012 and works as a language researcher with IBT, a civil society organization in Bahrain Swat.
  • Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman from the Snowy Mountains of SE Australia and the Director of Indigenous Research at the University of Sydney. Jaklin wrote the Australian Curriculum Languages: Framework for Aboriginal Languages & Torres Strait Islander Languages.


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Law School Foyer

Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney


Sydney Ideassydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au