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Six cups of tea: Yarning, language use and the third space

dos Santos, M., Cumming-Potvin, W.ORCID: 0000-0002-4961-9379 and Jackson-Barrett, E.ORCID: 0000-0002-3662-657X (2022) Six cups of tea: Yarning, language use and the third space. In: 37th Annual Research Forum. Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER), 6 August 2022, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.


This presentation considers the fact that the globalised world of the 21st century is a synchronicity of events and experiences - post colonialism, increased immigration, the establishment of overseas conglomerates, expanding trade, climate change and the aftermath of a worldwide pandemic. All of these require intercultural exchange and cultural adaptability. As a result, many people find themselves living in what Bhabha (1994, 2012) labelled the third space, a convergence of two worlds. This space is often a cultural interface between Indigenous knowledge, values and differing worldviews, all of which are communicated via language (Nakata, 2002, 2007). The plethora of cultures and languages that share this space need a form of communication that bridges cultural gaps.

The imposition of anglicised systems of education has established English as the world lingua franca. But is English the answer to cultural communication? We ask, through this presentation, more pointedly:

How do educators and researchers navigate this complex multilingual/ multicultural world?
How do educators and researchers enable those living in the third space to have a voice and to share their knowledge?
Regardless of language, the establishment of relationship is paramount. In this sense, yarning and circular talk enable exchange, regardless of language preference.

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