Macquarie Multilingualism Research Group public seminar

Macquarie Multilingualism Research Group public seminar

We are excited to announce our next exciting public seminar, 'Pop culture of Sydney: The multilingual turn?', at the NSW State Library (The Metcalfe Theatre) on Jun 29 (11am - 1pm). At the event, we are also celebrating the publication of Lauren Gorfinkel's book, Chinese television and national identity construction (Routledge). 

Pop culture of Sydney: The multilingual turn? 

Korean artists are stopping Sydney traffic with screaming K-pop fans, with artists from countries as diverse as China, Greece, Italy, and Vietnam also performing regularly to sell-out crowds. Sydney-based performers make regular appearances at community events, aged-care homes, and pre-schools canvassing songs and stories in Italian, Spanish, French, Macedonian, and Hindi. Sydney is also home to more than 21 language-based film festivals, and multilingual television shows are infiltrating both adult and children’s program line-ups on channels including SBS, the ABC, and Netflix. Foods from around the world are saturating Instagram and other media platforms and inviting conversations across languages and cultures. With advances in technology, accessing one's favourite songs, TV shows, films, and food cultures from around the world is just a click of a button away. Is the pop culture of Sydney more multilingual than ever? This expert talk invites the audience to join in a discussion on Sydney's pop cultural scene and its multilingual turn.

The lineup is amazing: Sylvia Liu (Fusion Culture Group), Thang Ngo (Noodlies / Identity Communication), Hilary Hughes (NSW School of Languages), Ash Gholkar (South Asian Film, Arts & Literature Festival), and Phil Benson, Lauren Gorfinkel & Sarah Keith (Macquarie University). We also have a couple of mystery guests!

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