At the turn of the twentieth century, mainstream English education was installed at the heart of schooling to cultivate literary, literate and cultural subjects in the image of the empire. English education was squarely seen as a cultural project, initially focused on inculcating the language and culture of the colonisers. Contemporary Australia is celebrated as a successful transcultural, plurilingual nation with momentum building towards constitutional recognition of First Nations people. However, mainstream English education remains haunted by its colonial roots, and struggles to embody the messy histories of invasion, colonisation, migration and sovereignty. This presentation asks how the (inter)cultural work of mainstream English education might be reimagined and enacted with a view towards post-colonial possibilities.
|Publication status||Published - 23 Mar 2023|
|Event||Linguistic diversity and Australian schooling: English and beyond? - Monash University, Clayton, Australia|
Duration: 23 Mar 2023 → 23 Mar 2023
|Seminar||Linguistic diversity and Australian schooling: English and beyond?|
|Period||23/03/23 → 23/03/23|