James Howard PhD Completion Seminar – Friday 25 June 2021, 2pm-3pm – Sounding Cultural Reclamation: Reconnecting to an Indigenous Cultural Heritage through Music Composition


James Howard PhD (Indigenous Arts and Cultures) Completion Seminar

2:00pm-3:00pm, Friday 25 June 2021, Register for Zoom link

Title: Sounding Cultural Reclamation: Reconnecting to an Indigenous Cultural Heritage through Music Composition

Presenter: James Howard (Jaadwa)

Abstract: This completion seminar presents a first-person account of cultural reclamation of my Jaadwa heritage through my music practice. The research documents my observed changes in self, and positions my creative output as a space through which I realise and reflect on these changes. The creative methodologies hybridise First Nations and Western approaches to understanding sound as a form of cultural expression. Accompanying this thesis are a series of recordings that capture compositions and improvised performances that respond to and inform my reconnection to culture.

The Wilin Centre respectfully acknowledges the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations, their ancestors and elders, who are part of the longest continuing culture in the world.

CFP – 19th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance and 4th Symposium on Indigenous Arts and Cultures

Call for Presentations

The 19th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance will be held on 3rd – 5th December 2020 in association with the 43rd MSA National Conference and the 4th annual Symposium on Indigenous Arts in the Academy at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts on Boonwurrung country at the University of Melbourne. The event is also held in conjunction with the 1st Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music Study-Group-in-the-Making for Music and Dance in Indigenous and Postcolonial Contexts at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.

Convened by Sally Treloyn and Tiriki Onus from the University of Melbourne’s Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures and Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, this Symposium invites proposals for presentations that explore Australian and/or international perspectives on the following topics:

  • creation, resurgence, revitalisation, and/or reclamations of Indigenous music and dance
  • de-settling historical and contemporary discourses and narratives about Indigenous music and dance in settler-state contexts
  • digital environments of Indigenous music and dance in archives, in communities and on country
  • any other topic of relevance to Indigenous music and dance

The 19th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance will involve in-person and online presentations and performance/demonstration. If necessary, all presentations and performance/demonstrations will be delivered online.


Please submit proposals for presentation and performance/demonstration via the online submission form (link) by 15 August 2020. Extended deadline to 25 August 2020.

Proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Abstract or summary of 200 words
  • Presenter names and contact details
  • Preferred format (1): presentation or/and performance/demonstration
  • Preferred format (2): online and/or in-person


1 July 2020                 Call for papers

15 August 2020          Deadline for proposals

15 September 2020     Notifications of acceptance

30 September 2020     Release of program


Please direct enquiries to sally.treloyn@unimelb.edu.au (Symposium Convenor), tiriki.onus@unimelb.edu.au (Symposium Convenor), or mcpherson.m@unimelb.edu.au (Megan McPherson – Symposium Organiser)

Please submit your proposal at this link by 15 August 2020: https://universityofmelbourne.formstack.com/forms/ruiac_19th_symposium_on_indigenous_music_and_dance_call_for_presentations



Course: Digital environments of Indigenous Song at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dynamics of Language 

Instructors: Associate Professor Sally Treloyn, Dr Reuben Brown and Jared Kuvent from The University of Melbourne. and John Divilli from Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation

Times: 1:30 – 5pm

Dates: Thursday and Friday, 5 – 6 December 2019

For more information: Course outline

Registration: Please register here for Summer School 2019.

Inquiries: sally.treloyn@unimelb.edu.au or reuben.brown@unimelb.edu.au 


Digital environments of Indigenous song

Digital environments of Indigenous song

Dr Sally Treloyn

3 October 2018

Dr Sally Treloyn presented the “Digital environments of Indigenous song” as a part of the Digital Heritage seminar in 2018.

Digital environments of Indigenous song

Streamed live as part of the Digital Heritage Seminars series on 3 October 2018

In Australia, repatriation of song records from archives to communities-of-origin has emerged as key intervention used to support the social production and transmission of song knowledge. In repatriating and disseminating data it is essential that we consider the complex musical, social, economic and political issues to which legacy records, and the new digital technologies used to disseminate them, give rise. While our attention to musical resilience and vitality in contexts of socio-cultural, linguistic, economic and political change is growing, we are yet to consider how musical traditions are responding to this brave new world, and it is essential that we turn our attention to the technologies that we are using to sustain them. Using data from projects funded by the Australian Research Council investigating music sustainability, this seminar explored markers of musical resilience and vitality in Junba from the north-central Kimberley and Tabi from the west Pilbara. It considered how resilience and vitality in these songs interacts with the changing digital environments – both technologies indigenous to communities of practitioners, and those introduced by researchers and archives.

Lin Onus Oration 2019 – Dr Lou Bennett (RUIAC)

Sovereign Language Rematriation

Dr Lou Bennett

Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT
Grant Street Theatre, Grant Street, Southbank, VIC 3006

Link to recording of the 2019 Lin Onus Oration.

For the 2019 Lin Onus Oration, Dr Lou Bennett will give an overview of her work in language retrieval, regeneration and reclamation over the past 30 years as a practicing artist and academic. Dr Bennett’s project, ‘Sovereign Language Rematriation’ (SLR), examines the importance of Indigenous research methods and practice-led research to the task of ‘rematriating’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. SLR involves collaborative processes of Indigenous song arrangement, composition and notation to develop Song Pedagogy for language retrieval that aligns with the diverse contemporary learning contexts and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, especially those who do not speak their languages fluently on a day to day basis. At present SLR goes beyond the classroom of four walls, placing individuals, family and community back to sing and speak to country and each other.

Hosted by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development as part of Wilin Week 2019.

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