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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig
Germany


phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 300
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Qualifications

1986 B.A. University of Auckland, New Zealand.  Major Subjects: Linguistics and Anthropology.
1991 M.A. (First Class Honours). University of Auckland, New Zealand. Linguistics.
M.A. thesis title: Behind the preposition: the grammaticalisation of locatives in Oceanic languages
1998 Completed Doctor of Philosophy thesis Taba (Makian Dalam): Description of an Austronesian language from Eastern Indonesia.  (1998) Awarded PhD degree.  Linguistics Department, University of Melbourne, Australia.
PhD thesis title: Taba (Makian Dalam): Description of an Austronesian language from Eastern Indonesia.

Other training

Invited participant in ANU leadership program (2008)

Current position(s)

Indonesia Director
Jakarta Field Station
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Atma Jaya University
Jakarta
Indonesia.

Honorary Research Fellow
Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Previous appointments

January 2006 – 2010 Fellow, Linguistics Department, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
January 1999 – December 2005 Research Fellow, Linguistics Department, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
January 1998 - December 1998 Postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
July 1997-December 1997 Half-time appointment at Level A, University of Melbourne Department of Linguistics in charge of Communication Across Cultures course
July 1996- December 1996 Half-time appointment at Level A, University of Melbourne Department of Linguistics in charge of Communication Across Cultures course

Academic Awards and Distinctions

1995 Australian Award for Research in Asia.
1993 University of Melbourne Arts Faculty Travel Award. 
1992-1996 University of Melbourne Postgraduate Scholarship.
1985 University of Auckland Senior Scholarship in Linguistics.
1983 University of Auckland Annual Prize in Linguistics.

Research Grants awarded

2006 Endangered Languages Documentation Program. Documentation of three dialects of Helong (Awarded ₤41,000.00)
2005 ARC Linkage Infrastructure Fund. [Co-applicant with fellow researchers at the ANU, Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, and New England] PARADISEC, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures: Accessibility and Decentralisation (Awarded AUD325,873.00)
2004 ARC Linkage Infrastructure Fund. [Co-applicant with fellow researchers at the ANU, Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, and New England]  Digital archiving equipment for PARADISEC research archive of Asia-Pacific region audio recordings (Awarded AUD205,800.00)
2003 ARC Discovery Project [with John Hajek, University of Melbourne] Indigenous Languages of East Timor: description and contact studies. (Awarded AUD110,000.00)
2003 ARC Linkage Infrastructure Fund. [Co-applicant with fellow researchers at the ANU, Universities of Sydney and Melbourne]  Quadriga System for Research Archive of Pacific Region audio recordings – to equip the Pacific and Regional Archive of Digital Sources on Endangered Cultures. (Awarded AUD $275,778.00)
2003 ANU Major Equipment Committee Award. [Lead applicant with a number of other researchers] An Integrated Fieldwork Laboratory for the Humanities and Social Sciences. (Awarded AUD $177,600.00)
2002 VolkswagenStiftung Endangered Languages Fund. [with John Hajek, University of Melbourne, and Nikolaus Himmelmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum] Documenting Waima'a, East Timor: Language endangerment and maintenance in a newly emerging nation. (Awarded EURO 162,700.00)
2001 DAAD Award for Research Co-operation with German universities (Awarded AUD $5,700.00)
2000 UNESCO Endangered Languages Fund award (Awarded USD $3,000.00)
1999 Co-investigator on Australian Research Council Small Grant [with Peter Austin, Nicholas Evans and Anna Margetts] Three place predicated in the languages of the world. (AUD $5,000.00)

Other professional activities

Member, editorial board Linguistik Indonesia

Member editorial board NUSA: linguistic studies of languages in and around Indonesia.

2008 Invited participant in Australian National University Leadership Development Program.

2008 – 2010: Board member, Nusa Tenggara Association (a non-governmental organisation providing development assistance to the people of Nusa Tenggara Timur province in Indonesia)

2007- 2010: Member Marketing Committee Nusa Tenggara Association.

2006 / 2008: Organiser of East Timor sessions at Asia Pacific Week, the Australian National University.

2004 - Present: Advisory Board member. Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity.

2003 - 2010: Member steering committee of Pacific and Regional Archive of Digital Sources on Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)

2001 – 2010: Managing editor of Pacific Linguistics.

1998 – 2000: Member, editorial board of Pacific Linguistics.

1989-1991: Assistant to treasurer. New Zealand Linguistics Society.

Teaching experience

I have extensive teaching experience gained over a number if years. I have taught courses in Introductory Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language Planning, Cross-cultural communication, linguistic field methods, Austronesian languages and other linguistics courses.