Featured past event:
2015 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Each year, a renowned Australian individual is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation. In 2015, the lecture was given by The Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong> <br />2015 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Featured past event:
‘Repatriation stories from a far away land’

A public lecture by NCIS Adjunct Fellow Dr C. Timothy McKeown, a legal anthropologist whose research focuses on the development and implementation of repatriation policy.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong> <br />‘Repatriation stories from a far away land’

Featured past event:
Graduate research retreat

NCIS hosts an annual workshop for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars who are Indigenous to Australia, or are undertaking research into indigenous topics.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Graduate research retreat

Featured past event:
Justice Reinvestment Forum

2 August 2012: NCIS co-hosted a 1-day discussion forum with academic and government leaders, about issues related to Justice Reinvestment.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Justice Reinvestment Forum

Featured past event:
Common Roots: Common Futures conference

20 – 22 February 2012: NCIS co-hosted a 3-day conference and workshop at the University of Arizona, focusing on national and international Indigenous governance and development.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Common Roots: Common Futures conference


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.


ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ON FARMLANDS: The Perceptions of Farmers of the Tatiara District of South Australia

In accordance with University rules, Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars must complete a pre-submission seminar three to six months prior to the intended submission of their dissertation. The seminar generally includes the research project's major objectives, content and results, and the work's conclusions. Scholars are expected to demonstrate their independent command of the material, their ability to communicate clearly and concisely the analysis of the material and findings, and their ability to respond appropriately to constructive comment and criticism.

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Time & venue: 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Level 3 meeting room, John Yencken Building, 45 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU campus.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact the NCIS HDR Program or phone 02 6125 8371. The event is free and open to the public.


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: Saturday 22 – Friday 28 October 2016; Kioloa Coastal Campus located on the NSW south coast.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the NCIS HDR Program, ncis.hdr.program@anu.edu.au.

Semester 1

Shut up and Write; and Read and Discuss

Students and Early Career Researchers in Indigenous Studies are affiliated with a number of centres and schools across campus (at CAEPR, NCIS and beyond). This group aims to get everybody together on a regular basis and will:

  • Provide a space for HDR students and ECR involved in Indigenous Studies to get to know each other; this aspect of the group may be of particular significance for the HDR scholars at the ANU who are not enrolled or associated with CAEPR or NCIS
  • Promote peer support
  • Support writing process in a friendly environment
  • Improve peer-reviewing capacities of participants

These sessions will be coordinated by the participants and participation will be based on their availability. Participants will be strongly encouraged to take part in and submit their work for the Read and Talk sessions.

This group aims to create a friendly environment to support the research writing process. Writing among peers offers a degree of social pressure which often helps overcome writing blockages. The short breaks between the writings blocks create a space where the writers can discuss their ideas with their peers; an exercise that is also helping the writing process. As the participants in this group share Indigenous research interests to varying degrees, this exchange of ideas can only lead to better research outcomes and design.

Time & venue: Shut up and Write sessions begins on the second week of Semester 1, over 26 weeks. Read and Talk sessions will replace the Shut up and Write sessions once every 3 weeks. One-Day writing retreat at Mt Stromlo in semester 2, Date TBC

Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact Ms Annick Thomassin (CAEPR) or Ms Annie Te One (NCIS) if you would like to attend, and to confirm the date, location.


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 Level 3 meeting room, John Yencken Building, 45 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU campus.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact NCIS Research Associate Mr Benjamin Wilson 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 & venue: The first Thursday of alternate months at 3 – 4.30pm in the Level 3 meeting room, John Yencken Building, 45 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU campus.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact the reading group coordinator, NCIS Research Associate Benjamin Wilson if you would like to participate, and to confirm the date, location and topic of the next reading group.

Updated:  15 June 2016/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer