AMI September Seminar

Australia Myanmar Institute Monthly Seminar

Language Policy and Peace Building

Monday 26th September 2016

5:30 for 6 pm

Refreshments 7 – 7:30 pm

Lecture Theater (227) in the Kwong Lee Dow building,

Melbourne University, 234 Queensberry Street, Parkville

Directions: Walk from either Swanston St trams (Stop 13) or the QV Market Stop on Elizabeth St.

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*Free for AMI members and guests, but please donate a Gold Coin to help cover costs

RSVP essential for catering purpose. Inform us of your attendance by emailing

Speaker: Prof Joseph Lo Bianco –Dr Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.  He is Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and current secretary of the AMI.

His current academic research and policy activities include preparation of a Peace Building National Language Policy in Myanmar, through work for the UNICEF Language, Education and Social Cohesion Initiative  (Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand).  He is also Research adviser for LUCIDE, a European Community project on Languages in Urban Communities, and is Immediate Past and Inaugural President of the Tsinghua Asia Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies and advisor to the National Language Center, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He has been a commissioned advisor on language policy in conflict situations and on language revitalization movements for indigenous populations in many countries.

He has 130 publications on language policy and planning, language education, literacy, culture and identity.  Under preparation are Peacebuilding and Language Policy (Springer, 2017),  Aldo and the Meridian Line, a novel in the Mountain of Su Dongpo series, (with T. Hay and Y. Wang) and a volume on Language and Identity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia (with Fethi Hilal).

Chaired by: Dr. Jackie Watts, Councilor City of Melbourne

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