12-14 June 2019

University of Sydney,

Camperdown, 2006

NSW, Australia

The University of Sydney sits on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and we pay tribute to their ancient wisdom traditions.



Special guests include: Liam Wyatt, founder of GLAMwiki, and Ingrid Cumming, co-founder of Noongarpedia.

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Dr Martin Dittus is a digital geographer and data scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute, with a focus on mass-participation platforms and social computing. In his research he analyses and visualises emerging online practices at large scale. Together with Mark Graham he is currently researching the information geography of Wikipedia. Which places in the world are represented on Wikipedia, and who in the world participates in the creation of this knowledge? How equitable are the processes that shape this knowledge? Who, what, and where gets left out?

Professor Jakelin Troy is Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at University of Sydney, whose people are the Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in south eastern Australia. Her research interests currently are focused on documenting, describing and reviving Indigenous languages, including the  Indigenous languages of Pakistan, including Saraiki of the Punjab and Torwali of Swat. She is interested in the use of Indigenous research methodologies and community-engaged research practises.

Carwil Bjork-James, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, researches and teaches about grassroots autonomy, disruptive protest, and indigenous collective rights. He is an expert in indigenous communities and a years-long contributor to Wikipedia, both as an editor and as an instructor. His work focuses on grassroots politics in Bolivia and on the transnational movement for indigenous rights. He has been a Wikipedian since 2005, and has taught indigenous rights through Wikipedia in unique assignments at Hunter and Vanderbilt.


Call for papers

The worlds of Wikimedia: communicating and collaborating across languages and cultures.

The United Nations declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages to celebrate the world’s rich cultural diversity and heighten awareness of cultures at risk. As a free, multimedia publishing site, Wikipedia has unrealized potential for supporting the preservation of languages and traditions. This conference invites participants to consider the breadth of human experience, wisdom and knowledge systems, and how they can best be served by digital technologies and the Wikimedia movement. We welcome papers that address Wikimedia’s role in enhancing global diversity from a range of perspectives including education, digital communication, indigenous knowledge, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), Disability Studies, Internet studies and big data, as a means to investigate new methods of collaboration to broaden inclusion across all levels of society.

Topics can refer to any of the various Wikimedia projects, as well as language and cultural diversity, and could address, but are not limited to:

  • Language preservation

  • Indigenous storytelling

  • Theories of knowledge

  • Andragogy and pedagogy

  • Internet Activism

  • Open knowledge

  • Decolonizing the Internet

  • Digital tools and methods for online diversity and abilities

  • Orality and Literacy

  • Resolving conflict in online communities

  • New archival practices

  • Innovative Case Studies and projects

While our call for papers deadline has passed, we will consider late submissions. Please email us .



Dr Frances Di Lauro, from the Department of Writing Studies, and Dr Bunty Avieson, from the Department of Media and Communications, look forward to hosting you at this conference. Any queries, please get in touch.


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