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LCNAU Colloquium Panel, 'Maintaining Balance through the Nexus between Language and Music'

Monday, 27 November 2017, 2.30–4.00 pm
Napier 102, The University of Adelaide

NCALMS was established within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide in 2016 to strengthen the nexus between collaborative teaching, research and outreach engagements with Aboriginal music and languages. It combines the expertise of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM), Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP), and the Mobile Language Team (MLT). This panel will explore strategies developed through NCALMS to engage with Indigenous communities in strengthening Aboriginal music and languages through collaborative interdisciplinary approaches in South Australia and beyond.

NAIDOC Week Lecture ‘Our Languages Matter’

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12.00–2.00 pm
Napier 102, The University of Adelaide

In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2017 and its theme, 'Our Languages Matter', NCALMS and Wirltu Yarlu invite you to attend this inaugural NAIDOC Week Lecture featuring presentations by Kaurna Warra Pinyanthi (KWP), the Centre of Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) and the Mobile Language Team (MLT), and original music performed by CASM alumnus, Corey Theatre.

Sprigg Lecture, ‘The Didjeridu: An Australian Icon’

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 6.00–7.00 pm
South Australian Museum

Steeped in Australia's rich heritage of Indigenous musical performance and innovation, the didjeridu has become a uniquely Australian icon, loved by enthusiasts and audiences around the world. In this techno-cultural exploration of the didjeridu, Professor Aaron Corn explores its roots in Aboriginal song traditions and its spread to the global stage. The Sprigg Lecture series provides access to the latest research and thinking around scientific and cultural discoveries at a local and global level and engage with ideas that affect the world, now and in the future.

15th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance

Friday, 2 December 2016, 8.30 am–12.30 pm
Macbeth Theatre, The University of Adelaide

The 15th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance brings together Indigenous scholars and cultural practitioners from across Australia, and addresses themes of tradition, reclamation and transformation in Indigenous music, dance and ceremony. Hosted by NCALMS in association with the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance is an annual event of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia, and, this year, is held in conjunction with the 39th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia.


Monday, 28 November 2016, 2.00–3.00 pm
Madley Rehearsal Studio, The University of Adelaide

Ms Nerida Saunders, Executive Director—Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, from the South Australian Government Department of State Development will join us as our honoured guest to launch NCALMS. This key initiative of the Faculty of Arts brings together Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP), the Mobile Language Team (MLT), and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) in a new collaborative national centre that is dedicated to strengthening Australian Indigenous communities, cultures, education, careers and wellbeing through a variety of innovative language, music and cultural projects. The launch will feature original music performed by Electric Fields.

National Centre for Aboriginal
Language and Music Studies

Level 6, Schulz Building


T: +61 8 8313 3652