Embracing shadows: reimagining English education as postcolonial possibility

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2023
EventLinguistic diversity and Australian schooling: English and beyond? - Monash University, Clayton, Australia
Duration: 23 Mar 202323 Mar 2023


SeminarLinguistic diversity and Australian schooling: English and beyond?
OtherThe objective of the event is to consider the narrowing space to address linguistic diversity in schools through a joint English/literacy and languages/TESOL agenda. The event will focus on the role of the English-as-subject classroom and also linguistic diversity in Australia.


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