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Dr Lou Bennett AM

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Dr Lou Bennett AM

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Scholarship Project

Lou will explore creative ways to rematriate Indigenous languages by partnering with Indigenous communities in the South and on the East Coast of Australia. Her research project will explore Indigenous approaches to community-led language revitalisation projects implementing song composition, notation and arrangements in culturally appropriate practices.

Biography

I am Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung. I am a musician and researcher committed to leading social change through arts-based practice and community engagement. Growing up in a small country town in the 1970s, I experienced substantial racism and cultural bias. It was widely believed that my culture and language had died out and attempts to revive or maintain my culture were a waste of time. I thought differently; from an early age I was determined to continue the search for cultural knowledge and language, seeing this as fundamental to Indigenous recognition, helping my family and community heal from the trauma and legacies of colonialism. Language and music are vital to processes of change; and they have been signature keys across my life.

Skills & Expertise

  • Language Activism
  • Community Engagement
  • Mentoring
  • Arts based research
  • Arts Production and Music Composition

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