The Former Chancellor Of University of Sydney Visited SIFT

On Nov. 16th, Dame Leonie Kramer, former chancellor of the University of Sydney and the chief editor of The Oxford History of Australian Literature, paid a visited to SIFT. On behalf of SIFT, vice-president Yu Guanghong extended his warmest welcome.


Yu indicated that with the increasing communication between SIFT and universities in Australia in recent years, great achievements had been made in cooperative teaching and scientific research., as indicated by the establishment and development of the Australian Research Center. Headed by Professor Huang Yuanshen, the center has succeeded in cultivating a more sophisticated research team and yielding good resultes, all of which are attributable to the friendly relationship and the cultural exchange between China and Australia. Professor Kramer expressed approvingly her wish to strengthen further communication with SIFT, especially the communication among college students.


In the afternoon, Professor Kramer gave an academic lecture titled “Past, Present and Future of Australian Literature”. The lecture was emceed by Wang Guanglin, dean of Language School, and attended by Professor Huang Yuanshen, Honorary Chairman of the Australian Research Center; Peng Qinglong, vice-dean of Language School and nearly 200 teachers and students.


The lecture was divided into three sections. Professor Dame Leonie Kramer beginned with the story of the first Chinese research team on Australian Literature. Based on the geographic features and historical background of Australia, she analyzed the situation under which Australia and its literature hadn’t been fully explored worldwide. Then she introduced the development of Australian literature with several vivid examples. She said that the writing of the contemporary Australian novelists were not only based on the history and geographic resources of Australia, but also on their life experience in the neighboring countries. this is why the cultural diversity of China, India, southeast Asia etc. was reflected in Australian Literature. At last, she emphasized that appreciating literature endowed people with the insight into themselves, into others, into societies and cultural differences. She also encouraged students from both countries to communicate more frequently and deeply to enrich our cultures, as well as creating a promising future for the Chinese and Australian literature.


During her lecture, Professor Kramer presented the audience with the outline of the development of Australian literature using numerous examples and terms, which was admired by all the audience. In the mean time, Professor Kramer was also very impressed by student’s eager questions.