Melbourne is proud to host the biennial national conference of the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE) from Friday 28 until Sunday 30 September 2018. The ASILE conference is the premier event for Indonesian language and culture researchers and educators across Australia.
About the conference
The theme for ASILE 2018 is Cultivating Literacy, a key issue for developing deep and ongoing relations between Australia and Indonesia in the 21st ‘Asian’ century. Cultivating Literacy goes beyond language learning in terms of grammar, vocabulary and basic language skills only. It also emphasises the integration of social and cultural knowledge that is necessary to truly understand the different contexts in which language is used. The conference will focus on reading and writing in all its forms and variation, including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, newspaper and magazine articles, youth literature and fan fiction. It will also emphasise literacy beyond the written word, relating to contemporary media such as film, television, visual arts, social media, comics, graffiti and signage.
The steering committee for organising ASILE 2018 in Melbourne includes representatives of The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University, the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association (VILTA), the Indonesian Language and Culture Centre of Victoria and Tasmania (BBBIVT), the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) and La Trobe University’s Bahasa Indonesia Students’ Association (BISA).
We kindly invite you to participate in our conference. Registration will open in February 2018.
For more information, please check our Facebook page.
The draft program will be posted as soon as possible.
The ASILE Committee can confirm that the keynote speakers for the 2018 ASILE conference will be Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti (MPSS), MA, Dr Mark F Ellis AM and Mr Bagong Soebardjo.
Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti
Dr Pudentia, born in Muntilan, Magelang on 8 May 1956, is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Humanities (Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya) of Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta. She has her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Universitas Indonesia, and her PhD from Universiteit Leiden and The University of California Berkeley.
As the Chair of the Asosiasi Tradisi Lisan (Association for Oral Traditions), she is a champion of the preservation of the archipelago's oral traditions. She has also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Group for Indonesia and Malaysia under the Yudhoyono Presidency and on the expert panel for UNESCO's Memory of the World program.
We express our thanks to Dr Pudentia for agreeing to join us in Melbourne for ASILE 2018.
Dr Mark F Ellis
Dr Mark F Ellis AM has two Fellowships in Ophthalmology (FRANZCO and FRACS). He is a member of The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and a founding member of The Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (AUSCRS). His main interests are in anterior segment surgery and particularly cataract and glaucoma.
Mark has been involved in International Ophthalmology as a team leader for the East Timor Eye Program (ETEP) since 2004. He co-founded (in 2007) and is the current Director of the Sumba Eye Program (SEP) in Sumba, Nusa Tenggara. The Sumba Eye Program is dedicated to training the local nursing staff in eye health and working in cooperation with Indonesian Ophthalmologists.
In 2012 he received a Certificate of Appreciation for his work in Sumba from the Indonesian Consulate. In 2013, he was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for significance to medicine in the field of Ophthalmology and to Eye Health in Indonesia and Timor Leste.
Dr Ellis has worked in the local community as a Glenferrie Rotarian since 2006, and has been on board as the International Chairman.
We express our thanks to Dr Ellis for agreeing to join us in Melbourne for ASILE 2018.
Mr Bagong Soebardjo
Bagong Soebardjo (b. 1957) is a storyteller, writer-illustrator of children’s stories, and puppet maker from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He graduated in Painting from the Indonesian Art Academy (ASRI) in Yogyakarta, and studied Science at the Sanata Dharma Institute of Teacher Training and Education (IKIP) in Yogyakarta. He is known as an innovator in wayang and other puppet traditions. He creates his own puppets from a variety of materials. He also provides workshops about the creation and use of puppets for storytelling. Several of his puppet stories have been adapted for film.
We express our thanks to Mr Soebardjo for agreeing to join us in Melbourne for ASILE 2018.
Registration for the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE) conference 2018 is now open. Please use the registration button to complete your payment and registration for conference participation
For presenters, please use the paper submission form to submit the details of your proposed presentation.
Abstracts and presentations can be either in English or in Indonesian.
Please note: The closing date for presentation abstracts is 21 June 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 30 June 2018.
The registration fees for ASILE 2018 are as follows:
Early bird (until 30 June 2018)
Students / Unwaged
Arts West (Building 148) North Wing, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne
The venue for the ASILE 2018 conference will be in the award-winning Arts West North Wing of The University of Melbourne. This is the Arts Faculty's most prestigious building with sophisticated presentation facilities. Although the conference is jointly hosted, all conference activities will be centred in this building. See you there in September!
Various hotels are available within a short distance of The University of Melbourne.
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Arrow on Swanston From $95 19 mins Ibis Melbourne Swanston St
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From $125 16 mins Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments
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From $140 16 mins Lygon Lodge From $150 17 mins Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel From $155 17 mins Quest Carlton on Finlay From $135 19 mins Rydges on Swanston From $220
There are many public transport options for access to The University of Melbourne campus. Details can be found on the How to get here web page.
Ticketed parking is available at three locations within the Parkville campus, details can be found on the Parking on campus web page. A number of other public car parks are also available within walking distance from the Parkville campus.