Language lies at the heart of social science research as it represents the means by which research questions are both framed and investigated. Language data contribute heavily to qualitative research through interviews, focus groups and media analysis, for example, and language provides the means by which we understand the ideological framing of beliefs and attitudes that critical analysis seeks to explore.  Scholars in the Language, Culture and Discourse program engage systematically with language data using established theories of linguistic analysis to provide a critical perspective on social and political problems.  As well as investigating research problems that are expressed in the language itself, members of the LCD program apply their knowledge of language and culture to explore issues concerning multilingualism, culture and identity, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, language policy and planning, and interpreter services.  In particular, members are concerned with the ways in which these policies and services intersect with conflict, governance, development and justice.

Recent Publications

2018

Hutchings, S., Hernández Castillo Sr R. A., & B. Noble (eds) (2018), Alliances with, as Indigenous Peoples: The Obligations and Actions of Anthropologist in Mexico, Canada and Australia, University of Arizona Press.

Hutchings, S. (2018) ‘Indigenous anthropologists caught in the middle: the fragmentation of Indigenous knowledge in native title anthropology, law and policy in urban and rural Australia’, in Hutchings, S., Hernández Castillo Sr R. A. & B. Noble (eds), Alliances with, as Indigenous Peoples: The Obligations and Actions of Anthropologist in Mexico, Canada and Australia, University of Arizona Press.

Hutchings, S. (2018) ‘Beyond post-colonial paradigms: incorporating Indigenous knowledges theory into music therapy practice’, in (Post)Colonial Music Therapy, S. Hadley & A. Crooke (eds), Barcelona Publishers.

Hutchings, S., & Rodger, D. (2018) “As black as it gets”: contemporary Indigenous Hip-Hoppers use of social media to forge fan/artist relationships, express identity and challenge racism, Theme Issue of Media International Australia Indigenous Innovation in Social Media, B. Carlson & Dreher T. (eds), Media International Australia Journal.

Hutchings, S., & Rodger, D., Reclaim Australia, A.B. (2018). Original’s debut album, commenting on racism and Indigenous identity in modern Australia, in Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, J. Stratton and J. Dale (eds), Bloomsbury.

2017

Book Chapters

Crozet, C. (2017). The intercultural foreign language teacher: Challenges and choices In: The Critical Turn in Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy, Routledge, New York, United States

Hutchings, S. & Morrison, A. (eds) (2017). Indigenous knowledges: Proceedings of the water sustainability and wild fire mitigation symposia, 2012 and 2013. University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

Hutchings, S. with Morrison, A. (2017). Introduction. In S. Hutchings & A. Morrison (eds) Indigenous knowledges: Proceedings of the water sustainability and wild fire mitigation symposia, 2012 and 2013 (pp. 1-21). University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

Journal Articles

Beal, C.,Mullan, K. (2017). The pragmatics of conversational humour in social visits: French and Australian English In: Language and Communication, 55, 24 – 40

Bergantz, A. (2017). National history and migrant history after the transnational turn: the French in Australia and the articulation of Frenchness In: E-rea, 14, 1 – 11

Bergantz, A. (2017). Mapping the consul’s treasure: a discussion and a guide to French consular archives In: The French Australian Review, 61, 40 – 45

Bergantz, A. (2017). The culture and politics of Frenchness in Australia (1890-1914): reflections on a research project In: The French Australian Review, 62, 19 – 33

Dalton, E. (2017) Sexual harassment of women politicians in Japan. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 1,2,205-219.

Dalton, E. (2017). Womenomics, ‘Equality’ and Abe’s Neo-liberal strategy to make Japanese women shine In: Social Science Japan Journal, 20, 95 – 105

Heydon, G.,Powell, A. (2017). Written-response interview protocols: an innovative approach to confidential reporting and victim interviewing in sexual assault investigations In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, , 1 – 16

Mejia, G.,Pink, S. (2017). Entangled belonging: Barcelona-to-Melbourne professional transient migrants In: Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 1, 85 – 100.

Heydon, G.,Naylor, B. (2017). (In Press) Criminal record checking and employment: The importance of policy and proximity In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, , 1 – 23

Mullan, K. 2017, ‘Et pis bon, ben alors voilà quoi! Teaching those pesky discourse markers’, in International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, Routledge, Australia, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 271-282 ISSN: 1833-4105

Ohashi, H. and Ohashi, J. (2017). Aiming for language education beyond language acquisition: Japanese and English language immersion camp in Australia In: Journal for Japanese Studies, , 19 – 36

Pruitt, L.,Hamilton, G.,Heydon, G.,Spark, C. (2017). (In Press) Abbott’s ‘budget crisis’, CALD women’s loss? Service providers explore the impact of funding cuts In: Australian Journal of Political Science, , 1 – 16

2016

Book Chapters

Crozet, C. 2016, ‘On language and interculturality: Teaching languages and cultures for a global world‘, in Narratives of Globalization Reflection on the Global Condition, Rowman and Littlefield, London, United Kingdom, pp. 85-94 ISBN: 9781783484423 

Li, L. (2016). On diversity and language: My route through different cultures, languages, and ideologies In: Narratives of Globalization: Reflections on the the Global Condition, Rowman and Littlefield International, London, United Kingdom

Journal Articles

Dalton, E.,Dales, L. (2016). Online Konkatsu and the gendered ideals of marriage in contemporary Japan In: Japanese Studies, 36, 1 – 19

Findling, J.,Heydon, G. (2016). Questioning the evidence: A case for best-practice models of interviewing in the Refugee Review Tribunal In: Journal of Judicial Administration, 26, 19 – 30

Mejia, G. (2016). Language usage and culture maintenance: a study of Spanish-speaking immigrant mothers in Australia In: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37, 23 – 39

Mejia, G. (2016). Promoting language learning: The use of mLearning in the Spanish classes In: Revista de Lenguas para Fines Espec’ficos, 22, 80 – 99

Mullan, K. and Crozet, C. 2016. (eds.). Special issue of Essays in French Literature and Culture: Conflit, dialogue et représentation. (53).

Ohashi, H. and Ohashi, J. (2016). Comparative Study of the Discourse of University Rankings in Japan and Australia In: Journal of Oceanian Education Studies, 22, 56 – 75

Projects

Women and the Japanese state

Exploring the contemporary relationship between women and the Japanese state

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‘Changing the score’: an Australia-Brazil reconciliation exchange

This action research project focused on an intercultural exchange that would provide opportunities for mutual learning between Australians and Brazilians.

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EMO-FUNDETT PERSUASION

EMO-FUNDETT is a coordinate project funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (FFI2013-47792-C2-1-P). Its main area of research is found within the field of linguistic discourse-pragmatic studies.

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Humour in social interactions in French and English

The main aim of the project is to analyse the functions of humour in French and Australian social visits within the framework of a larger joint project on social interaction.

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Key People

Lead researchers

Dr Chantal Crozet

Dr Chantal Crozet

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator of French Studies and Intercultural Communication, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Professor Desmond Cahill

Professor Desmond Cahill

Professor of Intercultural Studies, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Associate Professor Georgina Heydon

Associate Professor Georgina Heydon

Director Centre for Global Research; Senior Lecturer, Justice and Legal Studies, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Kerry Mullan

Dr Kerry Mullan

Senior Lecturer, Convenor of Languages, and Higher Degree Research Leader, Social and Global Studies Centre

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Dr Lynne Li

Dr Lynne Li

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Chinese Language Studies, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Glenda Mejia

Dr Glenda Mejia

Senior Lecturer in Languages, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Anamaria Ducasse

Dr Anamaria Ducasse

Senior Lecturer, Spanish Studies, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Suzi Hutchings

Dr Suzi Hutchings

Senior Lecturer, Criminology and Justice Studies, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

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Dr Alexis Bergantz

Dr Alexis Bergantz

Lecturer, Global & Language Studies

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Dr Emma Dalton

Dr Emma Dalton

Lecturer

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Mrs Hiroko Ohashi

Mrs Hiroko Ohashi

Coordinator of Japanese Studies and Lecturer, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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