NCIS-hosted events are listed on this page. Events that may be of interest to researchers and students in the Indigenous studies field, including but not exclusively those hosted by NCIS, are listed on our Indigenous studies calendar.
Public seminar: 'Reducing incarceration by testing Justice Reinvestment theory and methodology: an exploratory case study'
Researchers from ANU are working with the Cowra, NSW community on a community-driven research project which explores the theory and research methodology of Justice Reinvestment (JR) as a way of reducing incarceration of juveniles.
The research is being conducted by an inter-disciplinary team and is being guided by a Research Reference Group comprising representatives of the Cowra Shire Council (Mayor, Deputy Mayor and General Manager), representatives from the Cowra Aboriginal Land Council, the President of the NSW Children's Court, an ANU-based human rights lawyer and a US-based JR academic.
Several community workshops and forums have been held over the past 12 months: in Cowra, members of the local police, the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), judiciary, education, health and mental health workers, and practitioners in community service and non-government sectors have worked together to develop a locally relevant and appropriate questionnaire and recruitment process for inviting local young people to self-refer to the research. The young people's involvement in the research is aimed at exploring issues of concern to them and to build a case for obtaining services or resources that may help prevent young people from coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
In keeping with the participatory action research design, continuous consultations with community members has occurred throughout the research, ensuring that the community is involved in decisions that empower its members to explore alternatives to incarceration for their young people. At a broader level, the research will potentially result in findings and recommendations for addressing the high levels of young people in contact with the criminal justice system, through developing a place-based JR-informed model.
The keen support for this community-driven research project by the Cowra community has been exemplified through regular local media reports documenting the project's progress.
This presentation will be given by NCIS Research Fellow Dr Jill Guthrie as part of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) Seminar Series 1 2015.
Time & venue: 12.30 – 2pm, Wednesday 25 March; Room G058, Hanna Neumann Building, 21 University Avenue, ANU campus.
Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Please contact the CAEPR Administrator on (02) 6125 0587 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Monthly research hour
NCIS holds a monthly research meeting which provides a space for NCIS members and friends to come together informally for discussions of research issues, presentations, fieldwork reports, seminars, etc.
Time & venue: Generally the third Wednesday of each month at 4 – 5pm in the Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law.
Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact the NCIS Administrative Officer if you would like to attend, and to confirm the date, location and topic of the next meeting.
Indigenous studies reading group
NCIS hosts a bimonthly Indigenous studies reading group, which aims to develop scholarly understandings of the Indigenous studies field within ANU. Reading group meetings and are open to all ANU graduate scholars and staff with an interest in Indigenous studies.
Each meeting of the reading group will involve a facilitated discussion on a predetermined text; this is usually a journal article, book chapter or book excerpt, but documentaries, novels and other relevant media may also be set. The readings will be carefully selected to help establish an understanding of the key scholarship, themes and debates in the Indigenous studies field. All participants are encouraged to raise questions, offer comments and suggest readings for future discussion.
Time: The first Thursday of alternate months at 3 – 4.30pm.
Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact the reading group coordinator, NCIS Research Associate, Fleur Adcock, if you would like to participate, and to confirm the date, location and topic of the next reading group.
Graduate research retreat
NCIS is proud to host its sixth retreat for Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholars undertaking research into Indigenous topics. The retreat is an opportunity for Indigenous HDR scholars and scholars researching in Indigenous studies to engage in intellectual discussion, networking and information sharing.
Time & venue: Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 October 2015; Ibis Styles Canberra Eagle Hawk resort, located on the Federal Highway at the ACT/NSW border.
Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the Centre on email@example.com or phone 02 6125 6708. The event is free and places are limited.
NCIS writing retreat
NCIS staff and Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholars participate in an annual week-long writing retreat at the Kioloa Coastal Campus of ANU. The week is loosely structured with a primary focus on writing, and with opportunities for discussion, sorting out knotty writing problems, and enhancing writing skills.
Time & venue: Monday 19 – Friday 23 October 2015; Kioloa Coastal Campus located on the NSW south coast.
Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the NCIS Deputy Director, Associate Professor Cressida Fforde.
The 2015 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture
Each year, a renowned Australian is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation.
Time & venue: 6 – 7pm followed by refreshments; Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT.
Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. (registration details TBA). For further details, please contact the NCIS Centre Administrator, Ms Tamai Heaton, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 6125 6708.