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“Global English, Minimal English” Towards better intercultural communication

Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 9:00am - Friday, 3 July 2015 - 5:30pm
HRC Confererence Room, A.D. Hope Building #14

Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University

“Global English, Minimal English” aims at in-depth interdisciplinary dialogue on two pressing issues: reducing the dangers of Anglocentrism and achieving better intercultural understanding in these times of Global English. Read more here

Convenor:  Anna Wierzbicka                                                                                                        Email:

Confirmed Key Notes

Joseph Lo Bianco,The University of Melbourne

Carsten Levisen, Aarhus University, Linguistics

Anna Gladkova, University of New England

Sophie Nicholls, Muurrbay Language and Culture Co-operative


University House


University House

A selection of standard twins and queen suites has been blocked for this conference. The rate on a standard twin is $152 per night bed and breakfast and on a suite $167 per night bed and breakfast. Please call 6125 5275 or 6125 5276 Monday to Friday 8:30 - 5:30pm

Please quote 'Global English, Minimal English' when booking.

Hotel Hotel

Hotel Novatel Canberra

Quest Apartments Canberra


Canberra City Dining

Global France, Global French 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 4:30pm - Friday, 23 October 2015 - 5:30pm

A Call for Papers


Humanities Research Centre
Australian National University

21 - 23 October 2015

Art work by Fabienne Verdier

2015 Conferences and Workshops

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 9:31am - Wednesday, 30 December 2015 - 5:32pm

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Visitor Information

Dates: 25-26 March 2015
Visual Expression in the Discipline of Words
Convenor: Professor David MacDougall, ANU

Dates: 2-3 July 2015
Global English, Minimal English: Towards better intercultural communication
Convenor : Anna Wierzbicka

Date: 5 October 2015
Judging the Past in a Post Cold War World
Convenor: Peter Read, ANU

Date: 22 - 23 October 2015
Global France Global French
Convenor: Leslie Barnes, ANU

2015 HRC Annual Theme - Global Languages

Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 4:00pm - Thursday, 31 December 2015 - 5:30pm

The history of the world is characterized by great diversity in languages and societies as small groups split off and develop their own ways of talking and interacting. This diversity has been periodically checked by the rise of larger societies and economies, created by empires, evangelism and the demands of trade and diplomacy. Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic and Chinese have all held sway at different times and to different extents.

Queer Objects: A symposium

Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 12:30pm - Friday, 17 October 2014 - 5:30pm
HRC Conference Room Bldg # 14, ANU

More than two decades after queer theory’s emergence, presenters at this symposium are invited to engage with queer as an object and with the object lessons of queer theory.


Law and the Visual: Transitions and Transformations

Monday, 7 July 2014 - 8:30am - Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 5:00pm
Sir Roland Wilson Building #120

This remarkable two day event brings together outstanding new research and an exceptional international line-up. Scholars and higher degree students with research interests in law and the humanities, representation, law and culture, and visual theory will not want to miss this event.  It indicates new directions & frames new questions in an exciting new area of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Humanities Research Centre
Australian National University

7 - 8 July 2014


Public Space and Commemoration

Thursday, 21 February 2013 (All day) - Friday, 22 February 2013 (All day)
Humanities Research Centre, Sir Roland Wilson Building #120, ANU

Convenor: Dr Quentin Stevens E:

This symposium draws together contemporary research in the humanities, social sciences and the design disciplines which looks at the design, use and meaning of public spaces in the particular context of historical commemoration. In contrast to the conventional focus on the meanings that sponsors intend public memorials to convey, such analysis embraces everyday social life around memorials, as well as social practices of commemoration in everyday spaces, and informal, unofficial memorials. From the perspective of design, the symposium will explore how commemorative spaces are shaped through client objectives, competition briefs, juries, and wider planning frameworks. From the perspective of users, it will examine how social memories, meanings and identities are shaped within urban spaces, through commemorative practices and other narratives of collective identity, as well as informal everyday uses. These issues are particularly relevant to the everyday life and the form of Canberra's own urban spaces, which are strongly influenced by the presence of both national and local memorials, particularly during the centenary of Canberra and the upcoming centenary of ANZAC.

SCULPTURE: Place and Space

10-12 May 2013 WEBSITE for more information and REGISTRATION

Venue: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Em/Professor David Williams, ANU. E:
Michelle Fracaro, NGA. E:

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