ARC Funded Grants

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Players: The Lives and Work of the Actors Who Created the National Theatre of Australia 1950–2012

A University of New England ARC Future Fellowship Project (2011–2015)

Associate Professor Anne Pender

theatre neon lightThrough interviews with about 80 actors working in Australia since the 1950s, Dr Pender is documenting the development of a distinctively Australian style of acting and drama training that is now recognised around the world. Players reveals the contribution of these actors to live performance in Australia, as well as to radio, film and television, and examines the aesthetic, cultural and economic factors that affected their work.


Bilingualism in the Bush: reconceptualising speech community in immigrant family language maintenance in regional Australia

An ARC Discovery Project (2014–2017)

Dr Liz Ellis and Professor Margaret Sims

Asian woman and childDr Ellis is a linguist with a wealth of expertise and experience in the fields of bilingualism and bilingual education. In this project she and Professor Sims (UNE's Professor of Early Childhood Education) are working with immigrant families in three regional centres: Armidale, Tamworth and Moree. By monitoring and analysing interactions between the parents and their young children in the parents' first language, they aim to gain information that will help both parents and teachers to support the bilingual development of immigrant children.