Sovereign Language Repatriation: Through Song Pedagogy

Free Public Lecture

Sovereign Language Repatriation: Through Song Pedagogy

When you take something out of its natural environment to study, you take it out of context. It loses its relevance, its wholesome functionality and once something is out of context, it is out of relationship with the very world it belongs in.

Dr Bennett will give an overview of her work in language retrieval, regeneration and reclamation over the past 25 years as a practicing artist and academic. Dr Bennett’s project, Sovereign Language Repatriation (SLR), examines the importance of Indigenous research methods and practice-led research to the task of ‘repatriating’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. SLR involves collaborative processes of Indigenous song arrangement, composition and notation to develop and evaluate an Indigenous pedagogy for language retrieval that aligns with the diverse contemporary learning contexts and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, especially those who do not speak their languages fluently on a day to day basis. At present SLR goes beyond the classroom of four walls, placing individuals, family and community back to sing and speak to country and each other.

PresentersDr Lou Bennett

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