Featured past event:
‘Land, property and authority’

A public lecture by Siobhan McDonnell, legal advisor to the Minister of Lands, Vanuatu, on creating a new model of Indigenous land rights and legal pluralism in Vanuatu informed by the principles of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT).

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong> <br />‘Land, property and authority’

Featured past event:
2013 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Each year, a renowned Australian individual is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation. In 2013, the lecture was given by Professor Patrick Dodson.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong> <br />2013 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Featured past event:
Postgraduate research retreat

18 – 20 September 2013: NCIS hosted a workshop for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates who are Indigenous to Australia, or are undertaking research into indigenous topics.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Postgraduate 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.


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.


The 2014 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Each year, a renowned Australian is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation. The 2014 lecture will be given by Senior Australian of the Year 2014 and Reconciliation advocate, Fred Chaney AO.

Time & venue: 6 – 7pm followed by refreshments; Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT.

Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Registration is essential (registration details TBA).

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Conference: 'Defending Country: Sharing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service'

Hosted by the Serving Our Country research project being conducted by NCIS, this conference brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans, former and currently-serving personnel and family members, researchers, community organisations and representatives from the project Partner Organisations to discuss issues of remembrance and commemoration of Indigenous service. The conference will contribute to the development of research outputs for the project as well as promote wider recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans and ex-service personnel.

Panel discussions during the conference will feature Veterans, ex-service women and men, and other key researchers. Discussion topics will include:

  • citizenship and activism
  • Labour and Defence service (including auxiliary services such as coastguards)
  • commemoration and remembrance
  • women and Defence Service
  • families and the Home Front
  • social justice: land, health care and pensions, plus legal issues.

Other conference activities will include:

  • a project-specific guided tour of the Australian War Memorial led by the Australian War Memorial Indigenous Liaison Officer
  • curator-led workshops on caring for photos and papers, and finding out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service and other records
  • recording of oral and video histories with Veterans and ex-service people.

Time & venue: 9am – 5pm, Monday 1 December – Wednesday 3 December; Crawford School, The Australian National University, Canberra. » map

Enquiries & RSVP: Registration is essential – visit the Defending Country conference webpage or contact the Project Coordinator, Kate Macfarlane on kate.macfarlane@anu.edu.au or 02 6125 8437.

Registrations close by 15 November.

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NCIS Indigenous studies reading group

NCIS hosts an 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 (February, April, June, August, October, December) 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.

Updated:  22 October 2014/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer