Australia has always been multilingual in a variety of ways since it was populated by humans. We offer a forum for those who investigate and document how speakers of (mainly non-Indigenous) languages apart from English have recorded and represented Australia.
We expect to explain the basis of what an 'Australian community' might be when this idea is challenged and enriched through the multiple perspectives offered by non-English sources.
Our project, funded by the Australian Research Council's ARC Discovery Project scheme with a $949,564 grant, aims to mobilise Australia’s considerable and under-utilised non-English language resources to rethink our migrant and settler history.
For the first time, a rich multilingual archive will be used to examine Australia’s history from non-English perspectives. Outcomes include a framework outlining the role of language diversity in shaping Australian identity which will equip scholars, policymakers and the public to confront the challenge of cultural pluralism today.
In collaboration with the State Library of New South Wales.