Rethinking Wellbeing: Perspectives on language, education and health

3 December 2012


Bradley Forum, Hawke building
UniSA City West campus
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

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Date Monday 3 December 2012 
Time 5.00pm – 6.30pm 
Venue Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, City West campus
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The Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC) is privileged to present a forum featuring distinguished, international scholars who will offer perspectives and insights on the role of language and wellbeing in the contexts of education and health.

In the global context of increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and mobility, this focus on language and wellbeing brings with it an accompanying interest in culture. It also brings a focus on understanding people’s quality of life in ways that go beyond traditional measures.

Among other things, the forum promises to provoke questions around the goals of policy and practice in fields such as education, health and international development, in which language and languages are crucial in shaping people’s experiences, identities and life chances.

The panel discussion may focus on language and wellbeing in:

  • the development of literacy and learning
  • representations of education
  • Aboriginal education
  • educational policy, practice and research
  • the provision of health care
  • representations of health
  • Aboriginal health
  • health policy, practice and research.


Rama Kant Agnihotri retired as Professor and Head, Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi. He is interested in Applied Linguistics, Morphology, Sociolinguistics and Research Methods. He has lectured in South Africa, Germany, UK, USA, Canada, Yemen, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, among other countries. He has also been working with several NGOs across India in the area of elementary education. He co-edits, with A.L. Khanna, the Sage series on Applied Linguistics. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus at Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur.

Christopher N Candlin is Senior Research Professor Emeritus in Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. He currently researches, supervises and publishes in professional and organizational communication, particularly in the fields of healthcare and law. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of relevant journals: Communication & Medicine, Text & Talk, Health, Risk & Society and co-edits the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. His most recent publication, Discourses of Deficit (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), will be followed by new book (in press for 2012 with Palgrave Macmillan) entitled Discourses of Trust (both edited with Jonathan Crichton).

Rick Iedema (PhD USyd) is Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA) and Associate Editor of Health Expectations. His research explores how communication impacts on care organization, quality, safety, and health care reform. His forthcoming book (with Katherine Carroll and Jessica Mesman) is A new approach to patient safety: Exnovation (Radcliffe-Medical, Oxford).

Joseph Lo Bianco holds the chair of language and literacy education at the University of Melbourne.  His recent interests include the discourses and practices of language policy, globalisation and intercultural education.

Catherine Kohler Riessman is a medical sociologist and Emerita Professor at Boston University.  She has also served as Research Professor in the Sociology Department at Boston College. Her most recent book is Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences (Sage, 2008).  Throughout a long career she has studied and compared the narratives women and men develop to account for biographical disruptions, including divorce, infertility, and chronic illness in mid life.  The author of many journal articles and book chapters in recent years, her early books include Divorce Talk (1990) and Narrative Analysis (1993).  She has been awarded Leverhulme, British Academy, and Fulbright fellowships and has served as a visiting professor at University of London, Victoria University in Melbourne, the University of Western Sydney in Australia.  

The panellists will each give a 20 minute presentation after which the discussants will provide their responses. Members of the audience will then be invited to participate in a discussion.



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