ECDI Update: February 2022 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events.





Workshops & Conferences

Global Language Advocacy Day
22 February 2022 
Global Language Advocacy Day 2022 is a worldwide event coordinated by the Global Coalition for Language and designed to inspire a change of attitudes, behaviours and beliefs around language rights and linguistic justice. ‘Upholding children’s rights to linguistically inclusive education’, written by CoEDL affiliate Naomi Fillmore, University of Queensland, will be featured. Find out more information and get involved here

Indigenous Research Discovery Workshop – State Library of Queensland
22 – 25 February 2022
Deadline: 10 December
The Indigenous Research Discovery Workshop (Tuesday 22 February – Friday 25 February 2022) is a five-day workshop experience giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants an opportunity to research and discover collections that support their language journey, and possibly with other members of their language group. The workshop is aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working/have an interest in traditional languages and are supporting language revival programs in communities. State Library staff provide personalised assistance and guidance over the course of the workshop. Contact Olivia Robinsonfor more information.

Expressions of interest: International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group
Applications close 6 March 2022
The Office for the Arts is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become the members of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group. The Group will guide the Australian Governments involvement in the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2023. This is a paid position and membership will be an initial period of 12 months. More information and details of how to apply can be found on the Arts website:

Deep Histories of Oceania

joint ANU-French workshop series, 2020-2021, funded by an Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN) Initiative Grant.

A session at ESfO will be held in June 2022 on reconstructing depopulation in the Pacific:
The Oceanic Exchange: disease, depopulation and disruption in the post-contact Pacific
Christophe Sand,, Archaeologist for the New Caledonia Government, Research associate at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD-Noumea) – UMR SENS
Chris Ballard,, Australian National University
Abstract: Of all the transformations experienced by Pacific societies since the 16th Century, the most consequential was perhaps the encounter with successive movements into the region of new viruses and bacteria. An Oceanic Exchange, paralleling the better-known Columbian Exchange, saw the transfer of commodities, bodies and knowledge out of the region, and the introduction of new crops, technologies, languages and diseases in exchange. Measles, smallpox, influenza, dysentery and tuberculosis were just a few of the epidemic diseases which ravaged Pacific populations, particularly during the hundred years from the 1820s to the 1920s, but earlier in some areas and later in others. For some communities, population losses were in excess of 90% of the pre-contact population, and many have yet to recover to those earlier levels. Religious conversion, political destabilisation, formal colonisation and land grabbing were just some of the consequences facilitated by this collapse in population and ensuing social disruption. This panel will invite specialists from multiple disciplines – including anthropology, archaeology, history, geography and demography – to reflect on recent changes in thinking about the scale and impact of depopulation in the Pacific, including a critical review of earlier tendencies to downplay reports of population loss.



CECS Jubilee Joint Fellowships, Australian National University
Deadline: February 2022
Launch your career as an interdisciplinary digital academic. Each fellowship is a unique, 3-year fixed term appointment, engaging in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research at the forefront of computing, while addressing major challenges in science, business, medicine and society. Fellowships are open to both internal and external candidates at Academic level B, C  and D. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to carry out independent research and deliver education at the interface between two exciting and evolving disciplines at ANU. Find more information to apply here.

Research Assistant, Max Planck Institution for Psycholinguistics
Deadline: 25 February 2022
We are looking for a Research Assistant who has experience running EEG studies with infants and/or preschool aged children (0-5 years). This person will help with our research on how humans acquire language. They will assist with testing children and adults in experimental tasks, and with coding language and behaviour. The position would suit a graduate interested in a career in research on language or child development, in teaching, or in child-focussed clinical work. Find more information and apply here.

Biochemistry/Proteomics Technician, MPI For Science of Human History, Jena
Deadline: 1 March 2022
The Department of Archaeology at the MPI Jena is seeking a Biochemistry/Proteomics Technician for its science laboratories to begin 1st of March 2022 or sooner. More details.

Honours project, Ablation study: What level of linguistic detail is needed for word-level modelling? (Australian National University)
As NLP (Natural language processing) tools are expanded to include new languages one of the big bottlenecks is labelled data availability. This issue is particularly acute for low-resource languages. So the question of annotation detail and quality is important. How much detail is needed for supervised learning? Is there a minimum number of labels to capture linguistic patterns? Find more information here

The Cluster of Excellence ‘ROOTS’ invites applications for 11 PhD positions
Applications close 17 April 2022
The Cluster of Excellence ‘ROOTS – Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies’ at Kiel University invites applications for 11 PhD positions. The positions are to be filled at the earliest possible date. The salary is based on the German public pay scale E 13 TV-L (Tarifvertrag der Länder). The regular weekly working hours are 65% (currently 25.155 hrs.) of those of a full-time employee. The positions will be filled on a fixed-term basis until December 31, 2025. More information here.

Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment 
Deadline: 30 April 2022 
The Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment was established by family and friends of the historian Hank Nelson to honour his memory and his commitment to Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Endowment now offers the third Hank Nelson Prize, of AUD$1000, for the best PhD thesis submitted by any student, internationally, on any aspect of PNG’s history or society. Find more information here and make a submission here.  

Expressions of interest:  Macquarie University: Three-year part-time postdoctoral position
We are looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate (0.3 FTE) to work with us on the  ARC project “The building blocks of language: Words in Central Australian languages“.  The position would suit someone with 

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics or related area 
  • expertise, or ability to develop expertise in morphophonology and/or morphosyntax 
  • experience in quantitative analysis of linguistic data 

and preferably 

  • experience in design and analysis of experimental language materials 
  • familiarity with indigenous languages of Central Australia 
  • understanding of cultural issues related to indigenous language research 
  • project management experience 

Further information:  Michael Proctor,




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