Intercultural Intersections

5pm–7pm Tuesday 27 August 2019, Adelaide

This special occasion forms part of our 50th anniversary program of events taking place across the country.  These events acknowledge the vital role of the humanities in helping us understand our past, make sense of our present, and ensure a humanised future for all people.

Our Intercultural Intersections event celebrates language and music in our culture. It will bring together five leading figures from the humanities, arts and culture sectors to explore Indigenous languages and consider their future preservation, look back to the largely ignored music of our early colonists, and forwards to the ways that Indigenous music traditions find expression in a modern digital world.

This is a free public event, open to all.

The program will commence at 5pm at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Hall, with a reception to follow at 6:15pm with an announcement on the Academy’s 2019 McCredie Musicological Award.

We are grateful to the University of Adelaide and Professor Jennie Shaw, the University’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, for their generous support of this event.



  • Professor Rob Amery — Head of Linguistics, University of Adelaide and recipient of an UNESCO Certificate of Achievement in 2007 on work undertaken over the last 25 years to reclaim and reintroduce the Kaurna language and the establishment of the Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi group.

  • Professor Aaron Corn — Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and the National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies on new strategies for strengthening human cultural diversity in the digital age with emphasis on Australian Indigenous performance and mass media expressions.

  • Dr Camille Roulière — Early career researcher at the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (University of Adelaide) on the role of sound in bypassing abstract separations and making intersections (whether between philosophy and water, humans and more-than-humans, or cultures) audible.

  • Dr Clara Stockigt — Early career linguistics researcher on language preservation methodology and discovery in South Australia, awarded the University of Adelaide’s 2017 University Doctoral Research medal, the 2018 Postgraduate Alumni University Medal and an Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2019 Travelling Fellowship.

  • Dr Jula Szuster — Visiting Research Fellow at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and Managing Editor of the Journal of Music Research Online on the contribution of German immigrants to music in colonial South Australia, with particular reference to the compositions of Carl Linger.

  • Facilitating the event will be internationally renowned Renaissance music performer and scholar, Professor John Griffiths AM Oficial Orden Isabel la Católica FAHA