The founders of The Orality Centre met for the first time at the end of the 2016 school year. As a very new venture, this site will grow rapidly as the various aspects of the Centre are added.
What is orality? Cultures which have no contact whatsoever with writing, referred to as primary oral cultures, have developed a suite of mnemonic technologies in order to memorise the learning built up over the millennia. Without literacy, many of the communication and knowledge functions that we associate with writing were conducted using a vast array of extraordinary memory methods. We wish to learn from indigenous cultures to explore how orality can be used to enhance the literacy with which we are so familiar.
Director Dr Lynne Kelly and Deputy Director Paul Allen along with committee members Alice Steel and Damian Kelly will work in 2017 to explore the practicalities of using the memory methods of oral cultures in contemporary education.
We also have a Board of Advisors and Student Advisory Panel being established to assist with the research. More of that soon!
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