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For show only? The language of human rights in national constitutions

Assoc Prof Gili Drori

Sociologist Associate Professor Gili Drori explains how the vocabulary of human rights is making its way into the constitutions of nation states, and the degree to which societies actually honour the words in their own national charters.

Episode 163      19 min 06 sec
It's our turn now: India's changing take on the English language

Prof.Alok Rai

Professor of Literature Alok Rai discusses the many roles played by the English language in contemporary India - as an instrument of mobility, as a marker of privilege, as a badge of identity, and as a forge of a new caste system. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 152      23 min 00 sec
Be not afraid of greatness: Shakespeare's vital role in the 21C classroom

Prof Jonothan Neelands

Professor of education Jonothan Neelands explains why the plays of the Bard are as relevant and stimulating as e'er they were to students of all ages today. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 133      24 min 24 sec
Coding cultural riches: Investigating indigenous languages in Australia

Dr Rachel Nordlinger

Linguist Dr Rachel Nordlinger discusses how Australian Aboriginal languages are researched and how particular indigenous tongues grow at the expense of others as communities migrate. Presented by Jennifer Cook.

Episode 127      25 min 13 sec
An ocean away: An African nation's roots in Southeast Asia

Associate Professor Sander Adelaar

Linguistics Assoc Professor Sander Adelaar discusses the curious linguistic and genetic origins of the people of Madagascar. With host Eric van Bemmel.

Episode 126      23 min 06 sec
Lingua mundi and the perils of monolingualism

Joe Lo Bianco

Professor Joe Lo Bianco examines the implications of English as "the world's language", and why it behooves native speakers of English to learn other languages. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 98      17 min 36 sec
Wordlings, weasels and word bytes: Our language on a precipice?

Dr Carolyne Lee

Media researcher Dr Carolyne Lee scrutinizes changes to the English language accompanying the rise of social and digital media. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 43      26 min 13 sec
Ghassan Hage and the Weight of Words

Ghassan Hage

Prof Ghassan Hage joins Up Close host Jacky Angus to discuss multiculturalism, identity in a globalising world, and the role of the intellectual.