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Mieko Kawakami and Fernanda Melchor
'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.’
English-language publishers are increasingly embracing works in translation. What new worlds does this open up for readers? What do feminism gain from more translated women's voices in fiction?
For this conversation, we'll speak with two international authors with major works recently published in English. Mieko Kawakami is the author…
Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch
‘When a language dies, so much more than words are lost,’ the botanist and writer Robin Wall Kimmerer has said. ‘Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else.’
In our third Broadly Speaking talk on translation and language, we'll bring together two First Nations writers whose work reflects on Indigenous languages and the languages of…
Broadly Speaking: Power, Privilege and Pushing Back
In our first Broadly Speaking event, Aileen Moreton-Robinson talked about the blinkers of white feminism, and explored alternative ways for women to conceive of freedom and power. In this follow-up panel discussion, we brought together exceptional minds from Australia and abroad to expand on the themes of sovereignty, race and activism.
Hosted by journalist and podcaster Amy McQuire, our panellists – including lawyer…
The Wheeler Centre
Broadly Speaking: Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman
It's been 20 years since Aileen Moreton-Robinson wrote Talkin’ Up to the White Woman, the seminal work of Australian First Nations scholarship that exposed the blinding whiteness, and the serious limitations, of Australian feminist thought.
In her book, Moreton-Robinson traces and honours the history of Indigenous women’s activism in Australia and lays bare some uncomfortable truths about white women’s complicity in racial oppression. She exposes, too, the prevalence of biased and blinkered thought prevalent within white feminist academia. Talkin’ Up to the White Woman has shaped the thinking of feminist and First Nations scholars across the globe.
To launch our Broadly Speaking series, we’re presenting the formidable Moreton-Robinson in conversation with critical race and whiteness scholar Fiona Nicoll. The pair discuss the twentieth anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. What questions and experiences informed the writing of the book, and how does it seek to understand power? How did Moreton-Robinson experience colonialism in academia? How do some feminist movements clash with ideas of Indigenous sovereignty – and what are some alternative ways of thinking?
A transcript of this event is available to read here.
Presented in collaboration with State Library of Queensland and RMIT Social and Global Studies Centre.
The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.
Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris
What's it like to devote your whole working life to language, as a literary translator or as an editor?
In September, we'll be joined from New York by two brilliant bilingual friends, both of whom have shaped the linguistic landscape in distinctive ways. Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris met as young copy editors at the New Yorker magazine. Norris went…
The End of Orthodoxy: Australia in a post-pandemic world
A full transcript of the event is available here.
'We must always recall the lessons of the 1930s,' Penny Wong writes. 'Humanity has seen what happens if we allow nationalism and xenophobia to take hold.'
The global pandemic has thrown the weaknesses of our global economic system into sharp relief. It’s also aggravated the animosity between America and China to…
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Ferguson’s Six Killer Apps
All the wealth in the world adds up to just under $200 trillion dollars (the world economy is worth $60 trillion a year, as we mentioned in a recent story), most of which was created in the last two centuries and two-thirds of which is owned by Westerners, who represent just a fifth of the population. That’s a thumb-sketch of the world economy given…
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