Language and The Colony

Language and The Colony



2 Nov, Sat 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Arts House, Chamber
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This session is in English


Darlene Machell Espena


One of the effects of colonialism has been the way in which language was deployed to divide society, affecting the language of the colonised. We invite three writers and thinkers to consider the effects of this political use of language in former colonies, and how language has evolved in the wake of postcolonial thought.

This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is a writer, poet, and the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Melanie’s writing is often focused around family, place, and her identity as an Aboriginal woman. As a mother to a child with autism, Melanie is a great advocate for raising autism awareness and uses her poetry to do so. In April, 2018 Melanie had her story published in Anita Heiss’s anthology, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. She also won the 2018 Darwin Poetry Cup.

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Farish A Noor


Farish A Noor is presently Associate Professor (with tenure) at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; and coordinator of the doctoral program. His area of research covers the political history and regio-political movements of Southeast Asia. His publications include ‘America’s Encounters with Southeast Asia 1800-1900: Before The Pivot’ (2018) and ‘The Discursive Construction of Southeast Asia in 19th Century Colonial-Capitalist Discourse’ (2016). He is a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Religion and Politics.

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from the Wasauksing First Nation. His storytelling career has been largely influenced by his Anishinaabe background. He is the author of three fiction titles: the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge, the novel Legacy, and most recently, the novel Moon of the Crusted Snow. By day, he works as the host of Up North, CBC Radio's afternoon show for northern Ontario. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and young son.

Photo credit: Rey Martin

Waubgeshig Rice is featured in the following SWF event(s):


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The Arts House, Chamber
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National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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3 Nov, Sun 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Arts House, Living Room
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