- Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- German studies
- Shaping entries for morphologically complex words: The Nxaʔamxcín Salish Database and Dictionary
- The Multiple Temporalities of Memory, The Contested Memory of the Spanish Civil War in Contemporary Spain
- European studies
- French studies
- Italian studies
- Russian studies
- Spanish and Latin American studies
- Smile! You are in Spain: Almodóvar and the spectacle of authenticity in Spanish cinema
- How Language is Lived, Loved and Lost in a Globalizing World
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Shaping entries for morphologically complex words: The Nxaʔamxcín Salish Database and Dictionary
ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins with Martin Holmes and Sarah Kell
Tuesday 21st April 2015
The Multiple Temporalities of Memory, The Contested Memory of the Spanish Civil War in Contemporary Spain
The Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program enables overseas scholars of international distinction to make an extended visit to the University and contribute to the University's academic, intellectual and cultural life.
This talk gives an overview of the often acrimonious debates on the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 and its repressive aftermath under the Franco Dictatorship that have occupied the media in Spain since the start of the 21st century. It will stress the international context - in Europe and Latin America - in which these debates have taken place. It will also run through key aspects of the theorisation of memory, in order to explain some of the misunderstandings that have arisen in Spain about what memory does or does not do. In particular, the talk will stress the many ways in which memory, rather than "recovering" the past, involves a complex movement between different temporalities. It will also engage in critical discussion of some of the historical and ethical problems involved in these debates, which have implications that go beyond Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.
Professor Jo Labanyi is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She joined NYU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2006, after a career in the UK where, among other things, she directed the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London. A founding editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and Fellow of the British Academy, she also currently holds the position of Director of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Centre at NYU. Her widely published research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish literature, painting, film, and photography, and has particular research interests in gender studies, popular culture, and memory.
European Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the cultures, societies and languages of Europe, broadly defined. Students complete core European Studies subjects and can also choose to take subjects from areas such as history, literary studies, languages, philosophy, politics and art history. Many European Studies students take part in exchange to European countries as part of their degree.
French is one of the world's major international languages: it is spoken by over 200 million people in 43 countries on five continents. A knowledge of French may increase access to careers in international relations, development studies, business, science and the arts. The objective of the French Studies program is to teach students how to understand a wide variety of written and spoken materials in order to produce accounts and discussions of that information in a variety of forms. In all subjects you will be guided towards undertaking independent research projects in areas including language, literature, politics, cinema, theatre, travel writing, food and wine, immigration and identity.
Italian language subjects are organised in a progressive sequence (of units) from Italian 1 through to Italian 6 and beyond. Entry and exit points are determined by the student's background in the language, placement testing if required, prerequisites, or at the discretion of the Italian Program Coordinator. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order. Mid-year entry is also possible into subjects with even numbers, subject to appropriate prior experience and approval from the head of the Italian program. Accelerated progression is possible on advice from the Italian Program.
Russian language subjects are organised in a progressive sequence (of units), from Russian 1 through to Russian 6. While students taking the major will normally enter at Russian 1, entry and exit points are determined by the student's background in the language, placement testing, prerequisites, or at the discretion of the Russian program. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order. Mid-year entry is also possible into subjects with even numbers, subject to appropriate prior experience and approval from the head of the Russian program. Accelerated progression is possible on advice from the Russian Program.
Spanish and Latin American studies
Spanish students learn to speak the language of more than 25 countries and 350 million people. Students learn about the culture and histories of the largest Spanish-speaking nations and how the language has influenced cultures around the world. By learning such a popular and influential language, students create a wide range of new career opportunities internationally. Exchange opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries are available.
Smile! You are in Spain: Almodóvar and the spectacle of authenticity in Spanish cinema
In his 30-year long career director Pedro Almodóvar has coined some of the most enduring and recognisable stock images of contemporary Spain. Yet, his highly idiosyncratic mix of camp and sombreness (of silicone and sentiment, in the words of a notable commentator), is seen by many as a grotesque deformation of Spanishness that has projected a skewed image of the country around the world. In stark opposition to all-smile official tourism campaigns, Almodóvar's Spain is a country of contradiction and excess - passion, paradox and pain. A more ‘authentic country - or at least this is the claim implicit in his films.
Using Almodóvar's spectacularisation of authenticity as a departure point, this presentation addresses the relation between nation branding and the film industry through the notion of country image. The case of Spain is particularly interesting for a study of national image due to the unusual confluence of five factors: rapid and successful rebranding in the 1980s and 1990s, strong cultural industries, strong tourist market, rapid social transformation and uneven international profile. The image of Spain encoded and disseminated by today's Spanish cinema is closely related to a deliberate attempt by filmmakers such as Almodóvar to explain a reconstituted Spain to domestic and international audiences. Creating visual images and establishing a symbolic image, projecting images on the screen and projecting a national image abroad, contesting old stereotypes and yet injecting new life into many of them, contributing to normalise a country that once was "different" and yet capitalising on its undiminished queerness - all these are operations that define and explain the image of Spain as portrayed in contemporary Spanish films.
Alfredo Martínez-Expósito is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne. He has published extensively on Spanish queer literature and cinematic representations of the male body. He is also interested in critical approaches to the geopolitics of the Spanish language. He is currently researching the contribution of the national film industry to the domestic and international promotion of a renewed image of Spain. He is past President of the Association for Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2008 he received the Spanish Order of Civil Merit for his contribution to the study of Spanish language and culture in Australia.
How Language is Lived, Loved and Lost in a Globalizing World
Linguists tell us humans share an innate ability to learn language, demonstrated most clearly by the fact that children appear to acquire language automatically and effortlessly. Among adults, this ability varies on an individual basis. This lecture disputes this understanding, arguing that all language learning whether of one's first or of subsequent languages, requires five conditions in abundance: time, effort, desire, input, and possibilities for use. Literacy requires a sixth, instruction. Languages live and die according to the availability of these conditions. The difficulty of learning second and third languages is also determined by their presence or absence.
2012 Walter Mangold Visiting Fellow, Professor Mary Louise Pratt, of New York University explores and elaborates on these five conditions in relation to contemporary global phenomena of migration, indigeneity, and warfare, as well as language death, linguistic revival, and translingualism.