Professor Richard Baldauf Jr.

Richard Baldauf
Keynote speaker

Colic Peisker

Val Colic Peisker
Keynote speaker

Dr Donna Butorac, Curtin University of Technology

Donna Butorac
Featured speaker

Dr Kimie Takahashi, Assumption University of Thailand

Kimie Takahashi
Featured speaker

Vera Williams Tetteh

Vera Williams Tetteh

Mahesh Radhakrishnan

Mahesh Radhakrishnan

Simon Musgrave


Victoria Benz


Sally Dixon


Grace Chang


Charlotte Setijadi


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Vera Williams Tetteh“Hair we go again!” Negotiating space and diasporan identity.Vera Williams Tetteh
In this paper, which covers an aspect of my PhD research, I draw mainly on data from field-notes and participant observations conducted in an African hairdressing salon in Sydney in 2008 to look at identity constructions in the discourse practices related to African women’s hairdressing. I take a critical discourse analytical approach to explore hairdressing as discourse practices indicative of diasporan subjectivities produced in resistance and/or conformity to mainstream expectations. The paper discusses how African hairdressers and consumers of African hair-styles carve spaces for multilingualism and for local and transnational identities. The paper argues that such ‘minor’ discourse practices: (a) create inclusive spaces in a linguistically and culturally diverse society; (b) provide insights into power relationships that mediate diasporan identities; and (c) illuminate the interplay between language ideologies and language use in migrant settlement.
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Vera Williams TettehVera Williams Tetteh is a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at Macquarie University under the supervision of Prof Ingrid Piller and Dr Kimie Takahashi. Her thesis is a sociolinguistic ethnographic study of the language learning and settlement trajectories of black African immigrant men and women living in Sydney and Wagga Wagga. She’s is also a researcher on the AMEP Longitudinal Study and a member of the Language on the Move team.
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