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Diversity in Education: Aboriginal languages in Australia and Ainu in Japan

Everyone is welcome to attend. No prior registration necessary.

20th of October, 2012

Auditorium, Multimedia Education Building (N17, W8), 3rd floor

11:00-12:30  Heather Bowe (Monash University, Australia)

‘Australian Indigenous Languages ? Reclamation and revival’

Australian Indigenous languages have been endangered to different extents since the arrival in Australia of English speaking colonists in the late eighteenth century. Of the two hundred and fifty Australian Indigenous languages spoken at that time, less than fifty languages continue to be spoken as first languages by children.This talk will examine the language situation typical of the most severely endangered languages, for example, in the areas close to Australian cities in the South East of Australia and discuss some of the ways the Indigenous communities are attempting to reverse this loss with input, in some cases, from linguists and government initiatives.

14:00-15:00  Kylie Martin(RFMC)

‘An exploration of Ainu identity formation and Ainu language learning in Tokyo and Hokkaido’

15:00-16:00  Jeff Gayman (RFMC)

‘Structural, institutional, and social factors influencing the revival of Ainu culture and language: With a focus on one town in central Hokkaido’

16:30-17:30 Panel discussion:

‘Indigenous languages and education: Ainu in Japan and Aboriginal languages in Australia’

Panel members:

Shiro Kayano

Mitsuru Ota

With Heather Bowe, Kylie Martin & Jeff Gayman

19:30-21:30  This symposium will be followed by a screening of the documentary ‘TOKYO Ainu’ (2010).

Enquiries:Kylie Martin (

Organized by Multilingualism & Multiculturalism research group (RFMC)

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