Keynote speakers

Dr Shoshana Dreyfus, University of Wollongong

Just because I can’t speak doesn’t mean I have nothing to say: A model for encouraging a shift in attitudes and behaviour in disability support workers

Shoshana is the co-convenor (with Associate Professor Pauline Jones) of the Interdisciplinary Discourse Analysis in Education, Arts and Social Sciences (IDEAS) research group. IDEAS focuses on the applications of theories of linguistics and semiotics to a broad range of social issues and objects of study. Its membership comprises an intergenerational group of scholars from across UOW and beyond who meet weekly for a program of seminars, workshops and student and visiting scholar presentations. Shoshana also started and is also the co-convenor of UOW's Global Challenges funded Disability Research Network (DRN). This network has brought together UOW scholars researching in the disability space and is forging links between UOW, people living with disability, the disability sector, the council, and scholars at other institutes. The DRN hosts seminars at UOW on disability related topics.

Dr Neda Karimi, University of New South Wales

Improving clinical communication in inflammatory bowel disease: Functional linguistics and research impact

Neda is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Gastroenterology Research Group at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research (IIAMR) and the South Western Sydney Local Health District Gut and Microbiome Academic Unit, and a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She obtained her PhD degree in Linguistics in 2018 at Macquarie University. In her PhD project, she explored patient-centred communication in palliative oncology under the supervision of A/Prof Annabelle Lukin and Dr Alison Moore. At the IIAMR, she has collaborated with national and international clinician-scientists and academics on multiple projects around shared-decision making, models of care, and value-based health care. She is also leading a programme of research around communication in IBD in collaboration with IBD clinicians and linguists. By marrying the field she was trained in (linguistics) with the field she is working in (gastroenterology), she aims to address the pressing problems in the field of IBD such as maintaining a patient-centred service and developing processes to engage people with IBD in decisions about their care.

Prof Theo van Leeuwen, University of Southern Denmark

Resemiotization: An organizational semiotic approach

Theo van Leeuwen is a Professor at the Centre for Multimodal Communication and Department of Languages (SG) and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, and Emeritus Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a co-founder of multimodality that has influenced the understanding of sociocultural and technological practices across industries such as film, newspaper, and digital media among others. He has recently published on the application of visual analysis to the understanding of organization in the prestigious Academy of Management Annals.

Prof Jim Martin, University of Sydney

Secular communion: The carrot and the stick

Jim Martin is Professor of Linguistics (Personal Chair) at The University of Sydney. Jim is well known for his work in discourse analysis, genre, appraisal, multimodality, educational linguistics, and more recently in forensic linguistics. He has obtained numerous ARC grants, and was elected a fellow the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1998, as well as a Centenary Medal for his services to Linguistics and Philology in 2003. His work in genre-based pedagogy has shaped education around the world, with centres located in Singapore and Hong Kong, the UK, Scandinavia, China, Indonesia, South Africa, and America.

Dr Bronwyn Parkin, University of Adelaide

The role of SFL in Climate Change mitigation

My background is in education, specifically in the area of language and literacy and pedagogy. I have spent most of my professional life working in Aboriginal education, from remote to metropolitan, and from Junior Primary to tertiary. My research interest is the development of academic language with educationally marginalised students: Indigenous, English as a Second Language, and low-socio economic students. I draw on three theoretical fields: systemic functional linguistics (Halliday), sociocultural theory (Vygotsky), and educational sociology (Bernstein). My research interests are in language and pedagogy; specifically looking at the development of academic language in educationally marginalised primary aged students through classroom dialogue. I come from the perspective of Vygotskian developmental psychology, systemic functional linguistics and Bernstein's sociology. 


NOTE: Regretfully, Prof Karl Maton (University of Sydney) is no longer able to join us.