UNESCO RILA Sofa Cafés

RILA Sofa Cafes announcement

Our Sofa Cafés are a series of discussions around topics that touch on integration through languages and the arts. These informal discussions will be held on Zoom, with audience members being encouraged to join in and ask their own questions to the panelists.

This academic year (2020/21), the Sofa Cafés will be held on a monthly basis.

Thursday 29 October 2020 11.00am - 12.30pm     
Sofa Café #1: Indigenous peoples and languages  

Professor Alison Phipps with Piki Diamond (Auckland University of Technology), Fiona Dunn (University of Glasgow), Beverley Costa (Pasalo Project) and Tawona Sitholé (University of Glasgow). 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 
Sofa Café #2:Women in peace-making, crafts and cooking

Professor Alison Phipps with Deborah May (Küche), Naa Densua Tordzro (University of Glasgow), Giovanna Fassetta (University of Glasgow) and Nazmi Al-Masri (Islamic University of Gaza).

Wednesday 16 December 2020       
Sofa Café #3: Access to education for students from refugee background

Professor Alison Phipps with Melanie Baak (University of South Australia), Rachel Burke (University of Newcastle, Australia), Sara Kindon (Victoria University Wellington), Sally Baker (University of New South Wales), Veronica Crosbie (University of Sanctuary Ireland), Gün Orgun (City of Sanctuary) and others still to be confirmed.

To register for all our events, see the UNESCO RILA Eventbrite page.

Sofa Café #1: Indigenous peoples and languages

Thursday 29 October 2020 11.00am - 12.30pm

In this first edition of the UNESCO RILA Sofa Cafés, Professor Alison Phipps will enter into conversation with Piki Diamond (Auckland University of Technology), Fiona Dunn (University of Glasgow), Beverley Costa (Pasalo Project) and Tawona Sitholé (University of Glasgow) to discuss indigenous languages and peoples.

Piki Diamond’s tribal lands are protected by her people of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāpuhi. She is a Māori academic developer, a Doctoral Candidate at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and co-designer of Ako Aronui (Higher Education Teaching Professional Standards Frameworks), mother, sister, aunty, kuia, raised by the manaaki of Tauranga Moana. Her work is centred around the phrase “honouring the Treaty of Waitangi in practice”. 

Dr Beverley Costa grew up in East London in a family with three languages and two religions and cultural practices. After training as an individual counsellor and psychotherapist, she set up Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service (2000-2018) to meet a gap she observed, in services for multilingual clients. In 2009 she created a pool of mental health interpreters within Mothertongue and in 2010 she established the national Bilingual Therapist and Mental Health Interpreter Forum. Beverley founded The Pasalo Project in 2017 www.pasaloproject.org to disseminate learning from Mothertongue.  

Tawona Sitholé is a poet, playwright, mbira musician, educator and facilitator. His ancestral family name, Ganyamatope, is a reminder of his heritage, which inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. As co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group, Tawona’s work involves supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts.

For full information see the Café Eventbrite page