Welcome to the Timor-Leste Studies Initiative’s Pre-Conference Workshop 2021!
This workshop was made possible with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Southeast Asia Council’s (SEAC) Indonesia and the Timor-Leste Studies Committee (ITLSC) at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS).
Due to COVID-19 public health measures in Dili we are unable to broadcast live at the Fundacao Oriente in Dili.
Panel 1: Tetum-language learning for international scholars and students
Thursday, March 18th, 08.30h to 11.00h Dili, Timor-Leste time (March 17th 7.30pm Ann Arbor, USA, 11.30pm Lisbon, Portugal) Time Converter
The first panel will focus on ‘Tetum-language learning for international scholars and students’. Experts in the field of Tetum-language learning and teaching to explore teaching Tetum as a less commonly taught Asian language through in-country and distance learning.
08.30h to 08.45h – Susanna Barnes – Welcome
08.45h to 09.15h – Catharina Williams-van Klinken with Alex Cham and Marta Cardoso, Dili Institute of Technology – Title: “Tetun language learning for international scholars and students“
09.15h to 09.45h – Dr Katrina Langford, Timor Link Online Language Training & Dr Trent Newman, University of Melbourne – Title: “Aprende Tetun online: Timorlink’s approach to online Tetum language learning“
09.45h to 10.15h – Questions from participants
10.15h to 10.45h – Action steps for promoting Tetum language learning in North American Institutions
10.45h to 11.00h – Closing
Tetum subtitles coming soon!
Panel 2: Gender and Sexuality in Timor-Leste
Friday, March 19th, 08.30h to 12.00h, Dili, Timor-Leste time (March 18th 7.30pm Ann Arbor, USA, 11.30pm Lisbon, Portugal) Time Converter
The second panel will focus on ‘Gender and Sexuality in Timor-Leste‘. This panel aims to explore issues of gendered behaviour, roles, relations, attitudes and perceptions in contemporary society in Timor-Leste.
8.30h to 8.40h – Susanna Barnes – Welcome
8.40h to 9.00h – Sara Niner – Introduction to the panel on Gender and Sexuality in Timor-Leste
09.00h to 9.30h – Deb Cummins (Bridging Peoples), Title: “Consent, Estraga Feto, and Sexual Decision-Making“
09.30h to 10.00h – Li-Li Chen (UNTL), Title: “Reflections on Structural Violence and the Case of Topu Honis“
10.00h to 10.30h – Berta Tilman (Grupo Feminista) – Title: “Oppression as a result of power structures in Timor-Leste“
10.30h to 11.00h – Luis Maia (UNTL), Title: “Reflections on gender and sexuality“
11.00h to 12.00h – Additional questions and debate
Each speaker will be invited to make a 20min MAX presentation. There will be time for questions and debate following the formal presentations.