“Education, Migration and Translation” Research Symposium

“Education, Migration and Translation”

Research Symposium, Sunday 26 November 2017

Hosted by the Centre for Global Migrations, Dunedin, University of Otago

Keynote speaker: Professor Michael Singh (Western Sydney University)

In educational contexts, those who experience or encounter migration in its many manifestations will negotiate linguistic, cultural and/or epistemological translation. Translation allows people to move between languages, social and behavioural norms, ideas, interpretations, and individual and collective meanings.  However, (mis)translation also risks misunderstanding. Historically, translation and language loss have occurred alongside colonisation, and colonial relations continue in university ranking methodologies and academic publishing processes that privilege the English language. Indigenous perspectives demand attention to the purposes and outcomes of education at all levels, including the role of education in promoting both language loss and language revitalisation.

Contemporary educational migrations take many forms and have a range of implications for national education systems. “Internationalisation” involves the movement of ideas, staff and students across borders, raising questions about which languages and histories “education provider” countries privilege in their course development and delivery. Internationalisation also raises questions about the translatability of course content – whether ideas grounded or developed in one socio-political context are relevant to another. Forced migrations raise questions about educational access – how national education systems can serve those from minority language groups, who may have experienced trauma, loss, and broken educational pathways. How might educational contexts be re-imagined in ways that privilege bi- and multilingualism? How might English language dominance be challenged in higher education at local and global levels? What can be learnt from existing educational spaces that privilege minoritised or indigenous languages? How might we exercise “linguistic hospitality” in a world marked by high levels of forced migration and educational mobility? What would this look like in practice?

This multidisciplinary symposium welcomes proposals for 20-minute presentations that examine the connections between education, migration and translation (a further 10 minutes will be allocated for questions and discussion). The organisers welcome paper proposals on the following topics (other topics will be given due consideration):

·       Translation of ideas
·       Communication beyond language
·       Intercultural communication
·       Untranslatability
·       “Otherness”
·       Colonial and postcolonial perspectives
·       Language survival and maintenance
·       Minority and endangered languages
·       Linguistic loss
·       Linguistic imperialism
·       Linguistic hospitality
·       Bilingual education
·       Language teaching
·       Critical perspectives
·       Power and hegemony
·       Internationalisation
·       Forced migrations
·       Educational access
·       Multilingual research and writing
·       Translanguaging
·       Linguistic translation in education
·       Compulsory school education
·       Resilience

Deadline for abstracts and short biography (200–250 words): 30 June 2017.

Abstracts should be submitted in English, or English and another language as appropriate, to <henry.johnson@otago.ac.nz>.

The conference registration fee is $25. For those not presenting, we will need confirmation of attendance for catering purposes by 31 October.

Those visiting Dunedin may also be interested in the New Zealand Asian Studies Society conference beginning Monday 27 November: http://www.otago.ac.nz/nzasia-2017/index.html



Talk by Professor Yang Rui

Dear Members and Friends of CoIn Ed,

We are pleased to announce an upcoming research talk by Professor Yang Rui of the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.

“Cultural Challenges Facing East Asian Higher Education”

Friday, 5 August from 2-4pm, room 325  Education Building, University of Sydney.

The talk will be chaired by Professor Tony Welch and hosted by the Comparative and International Education (CoIn Ed) Research Network of the University of Sydney.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please share with other networks and colleagues.

More information about this CoIn Ed event and others can be found here.

Yang Rui Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. With more than 25-years’ academic career in China, Australia and Hong Kong, he has established his reputation among scholars in English and Chinese languages in the fields of comparative and international education and Chinese higher education. Bridging the theoretical thrust of comparative education and the applied nature of international education, his research interests include education policy, sociology, comparative and cross-cultural studies in education, international higher education, educational development in Chinese societies, and international politics in educational research.

Races without racism? Everyday race relations in Singapore

Races without racism? Everyday race relations in Singapore

A research presentation supported by the Comparative and International Education Research Network of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and co-hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Friday 3 June 2016

When: 2.15–3.30pm

Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney

For further details see:






New Colombo Plan: Asia as a potential space for transformative learning

The University of Sydney’s CoInEd network, together with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), will be sponsoring a talk by Dr. Ly Tran on 11 May 2016 at 2pm in Room 612 of the Education Building A35, with light refreshments provided.

Titled New Colombo Plan: Asia as a potential space for transformative learning, this talk is based on Dr. Ly Tran’s current research project on the New Colombo Plan. The full abstract and details are available on this events page:

Dr Ly Tran is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Deakin University and an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow.

Please share this notice with friends and colleagues who might have an interest in this event.

RSVP (to yeowtong.chia@sydney.edu.au) is requested but not required.

Best wishes,

CoInEd events – University of Sydney

On 29 April, 2016 Dr. Maria Elena Indelicato will be offering a research talk and masterclass based on her recent research on internationalisation and international education policies.  Dr. Indelicato holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and currently works as a Lecturer and the International Vice Director of the Huallywood Film Research Center, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China.

The University of Sydney’s CoInEd network is sponsoring the following events, which will occur in Room 612 of the Education Building A35 and include light refreshments:

12:30-2:00pm — Masterclass
Dr. Indelicato will facilitate an interactive masterclass exploring how she came to her research questions, theories, and methods. Though her research on internationalisation will serve as the primary exemplar during the masterclass, the processes explored and discussed will have relevance to post-graduate/higher degree research students exploring a wide range of issues.

2:30-3:30pm —Research Presentation
Dr. Indelicato will also deliver a formal research presentation titled, What is wrong with internationalisation?: A genealogy of ‘cultural distance’ in higher education. The full abstract and details are available on the following events page: http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/what-is-wrong-with-iinternationalisationi

Please share these events with friends and colleagues who might have an interest in one or both events. RSVP (to matthew.thomas@sydney.edu.au) is requested but not required.