An Intercultural Discussion: Teaching 'our' History through the Media

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The Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) began in Australia in 1975. Its main objective is to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that will inform, educate and entertain all Australians while reflecting the interests of Australia's multicultural society. In this presentation Frances Peters-Little an Australian-Aboriginal Academic and Anna Schinella an Italian-Australian and Broadcasting Manager, will discuss what issues arise when trying to 'teach' Australian audiences multicultural history through the media. They will also discuss what they believe the academy can learn from those working in the media and visa-versa.


Keywords: Multicultural and Indigenous Histories
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English & Italian
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Frances Peters-Little

Deputy Director & Research Fellow, College of Social Sciences, 
Australian National University, Australian Centre for Indigenous History

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Frances Peters-Little: is currently the Deputy Director and Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. Before coming to the ANU she worked as a television producer for several years. Frances has a Masters degree in Australian Studies from the ANU.

Anna Schinella

Program Manager, SBS Programs, Special Broadcasting Services
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Anna Schinella: is the Program Manager at SBS Radio, which incidentally broadcasts across Australia in 68 languages. Anna has worked in various areas of the media with a focus on multilingual/multicultural programming for more than 20 years in both the community and public sectors. Anna also has a Masters degree in Media and Culture from Macquarie University, Sydney. Both Anna and Frances have worked together and independently for several years on a number of community-based media organisations and have served on several Aboriginal and multicultural community organisations, and management committees.

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