Community and professional associates and adjuncts
Christobel Swan is a Pertame elder and an interpreter and language practitioner of many years experience in Central Australia. She works in the Arrernte Language Office in Central Australia, documenting knowledge of Pertame country.
Jodie was a part time project officer in the Arrernte Language Office in Central Australia. She continues to support the work being done by elder Christobel Swan and Vanessa Farrelly on documenting Pertame language, culture and Pertame country. Jodie now works at the AIS (Aboriginal Interpreter Service).
Therese is an Arrernte elder and a language teacher of many years of experience in Central Australia. Therese is a well known artist and is currently working on an illustrated bird resource in the Arrernte Language Office in Alice Springs.
CALL Collaborations: Ayeye thipe-akerte 'Arrernte bird stories'
Dr Aung Si
Aung Si has a background in biology (Marine Biology, Animal Behaviour) and linguistics (with field sites in southern India, central Myanmar and Arnhem Land). He is currently a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany, and his academic interests include ethnobiology, language contact and lexicography.
Beth Sometimes is an artist and graduate researcher based in Mparntwe, Alice Springs. Beth has maintained a diverse conceptual artistic practice, is drawn to experiment with mediums and often works in social contexts & conduit roles with people from outside of formal art backgrounds. Current main squeezes include public art, ceramics and comic & zine-making. Beth worked on Big hART's Ngapartji Ngapartji project and in various roles with Pitjantjatjara communities alongside an art & performance practice which including 2010's musical satire The Unbearable Whiteness of Being. She currently co-teaches a Pitjantjatjara language course at the Alice Springs Language Centre and is working with Mparntwe based Pitjantjatjara & Ngaanyatjarra people on the NPY Women's Council language app 'Kulila'. In addition she plays an active role as board member & studio artist at Watch This Space Artist Run Initiative and is producing a language themed public art project with Watch This Space for mid 2017.
Jodie Kell is a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her research is focused on the role of women in music making in Maningrida, a community where she first made a connection as a teacher in 2001. Jodie is an audio engineer who has worked on a range of community projects and she is currently employed at PARADISEC, a digital archive for Indigenous music and language materials, based at the Sydney Conservatorium. She is interested in how digital technologies can assist in sustaining cultural knowledge traditions.
Dr Murray Garde
Murray Garde is Research Fellow at the Australian National University in the College of Asia and the Pacific. He has lived in western Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park since 1988 working variously as an outstation school teacher, community cultural research officer, museum curator, Bininj Kunwok interpreter and currently as community linguist for the Bininj Kunwok Language Project supported by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Arts and Languages program. He is particularly interested in the documentation of links between language and bio-cultural diversity and the intergenerational transfer of such knowledge in language programs.
Dr Georgia Curran
Georgia Curran has conducted research on Warlpiri song in Yuendumu for the last twelve years. She is currently employed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a research associate on the project 'Vitality and change in Warlpiri songs'. Her research interests include Indigenous languages and songs, song change, and the revitalisation of performance arts. Specifically, she is interested in assisting with community-developed documentation and audio/visual materials, not only to pass down the cultural knowledge embedded in them but also as a way to sustain these traditions into the future.
Joel is an Arrernte man from Central Australia. He is active in teaching and learning his language, and works part time as a language teacher at the Alice Springs Language Centre. Joel is also passionate about recording senior members of his family and documenting their stories, working on mapping and translating projects and in repatriating recordings of languages that are no longer spoken. Joel is a member of the advisory network for the Indigenous Languages program of the Something Somewhere film festival for 2017.
Professor Steven Bird
Steven Bird is based at the Department of Computing and Information Systems University of Melbourne, VIC. He is currently a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University and based in Darwin.
Ben Foley is a digital designer who has worked for many years on developing digital language resources. He worked closely with CALL, the Ti Tree language team and linguist Jenny Green on developing the Iltyem-iltyem Central Australian Sign Languages website, an online resource for Indigenous sign languages. He is also the app developer for the Getting in Touch bird app project and other app projects through CALL such as the Kune seasons book and app project called Nga-ni kun-red ngarduk man-djewk na-kudji.
Professor Gillian Wigglesworth
Professor Gillian Wigglesworth is Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. She is also Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and leader of the Melbourne node.
Dr Myfany Turpin
Myfany Turpin is an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Sydney. She spends extensive periods of time in Central Australia, where she has lived and worked for many years on Kaytetye language documentation and Central Australian traditional music. Myfany has worked with the Central Australian Language Centre Support Program on a range of projects, alongside a number of language consultants.
Dr Jill Vaughan
Jill Vaughan is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway. She studied and worked at the University of Melbourne and has been working with a team of language consultants at Maningrida since 2014. Jill collaborates with the Maningrida Language Centre Support Program on a range of projects.
Dr Jennifer Green
Jenny Green is a Research Fellow at the Research Unit for Indigenous Language at the University of Melbourne. She is the Principal Investigator in the Iltyem-iltyem Central Australian Sign languages Project, and also works closely with the Central Australian Language Centre Support Program on a range of projects.
Batchelor Institute staff associates
Evelyn is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Batchelor Institute, in the Division of Further Education. She is based at the Desert Peoples Centre in Alice Springs. Evelyn has many years of experience in Indigenous Education and currently plays a leadership role in training Indigenous teaching staff in schools in Central Australia.
Harold Furber is an Arrernte man and an Elder in Residence at Batchelor Institute. He is a consultant to the Arrernte Language Office and in this role provides guidance and advice to CALL projects in Central Australia.
Robyn is an IRC Fellow at Batchelor Institute, with research interests in the area of Aboriginal English, Identity & Culture, Both-ways philosophy and practice, and Indigenous tertiary education. Robyn has contributed enormously to the development of Both-Ways philosophies and practices at Batchelor Institute.
Dr Nicoletta Romeo
Nicoletta Romeo lectures in the Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics at Batchelor Institute. She has wide ranging interests in languages and linguistics, including linguistic studies in Australian Indigenous languages, English, Italian and Burmese.
Paola Fischer is a lecturer for the Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics at Batchelor Institute. She was awarded a Masters degree in Romance Languages and Cultural Anthropology in Germany in 2007. Since moving to Australia, her attention has been focused on Indigenous languages and culture. As an anthropologist and linguist, she has been working with custodians and language workers pursuing her passion for cultural and language maintenance.
As a lecturer in linguistics, she trains Indigenous students to acquire the right tools to maintain and revitalise their languages whilst achieving a formal qualification in linguistics that will allow them to engage with the work of others in this field, and take part in current debates in linguistics.
Dr Jurg Bronnimann
Jurg Bronnimann is the Head of School, Higher Education, Teaching and Learning at Batchelor Institute and a member of the Batchelor executive team. He has a background in language teaching and research, and educational leadership.
Dr Michele Willsher
Michele is Academic Support Advisor in the Division of Higher Education and Research at Batchelor Institute. She has an extensive background in languages and linguistics, including her experience working in a bilingual school at Lajamanu (1983-1987) and learning Warlpiri during that time. Michele's interest in languages extends to Lao and Chinese, where she has lived and worked in educational settings. Michele's has postgraduate qualifications in applied linguistics and language education and she has an ongoing professional interest in the teaching of Indigenous languages as the mother tongue in early childhood contexts.
Janine Oldfield is an education lecturer in the Batchelor Institute Teacher Education (primary and early childhood) program. She has been with Batchelor since 2001 in VET, adult education and teacher education programs. Her research interests lie in Applied Linguistics, Critical Language Planning and Policy studies and Indigenous Bilingual Education.