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.
Public lecture: ‘Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians’
Despite being the first peoples of Australia for more than 50,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still not recognised in the Australian Constitution. Support is fast growing for the idea of an updated Constitution that reflects the reality of Australia today. The Federal Government, with bi-partisan support, has announced that it will hold a referendum in the current term of government, or at the next election, to amend the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.
This lecture is presented by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment in association with the ANU Medical School, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health and the Indigenous Health Interest Group.
Time & venue: 5–6pm, Wednesday 12 November; Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU.
Enquiries & RSVP: This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by light refreshments. Registration is required. For further details, please contact Nicole Millar on email@example.com or 6125 5209.
Public lecture: ‘The repatriation of indigenous human remains in the USA’
NCIS Adjunct Fellow, Dr C. Timothy McKeown, will speak about the repatriation of indigenous human remains from museum collections in the USA.
Tim is a legal anthropologist whose career has focused on the application of anthropological research methodologies to enhance thoughtful policy development, effective statutory implementation, and fact-based judicial resolution. For 18 years, Tim served as a Federal official responsible for drafting regulations implementing Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), developing databases to document compliance, establishing a grants program, investigating allegations of failure to comply for possible civil penalties, coordinating the activities of a Secretarial advisory committee, and providing training and technical assistance to nearly 1000 museums and Federal agencies and 700 Indian tribes, Alaska Native corporations, and Native Hawaiian organisations. Since 2010, Tim has also consulted on repatriation of cultural items with several Indian tribes, prepared policy recommendations, and provided training at annual meetings of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. The University of Arizona Press recently published his comprehensive review of the legislative history of U.S. Federal repatriation mandates In the Smaller Scope of Conscience: The Struggle for National Repatriation Legislation, 1986-1990.
Tim previously served as a Fulbright professor and researcher at Janus Pannonius University (now the University of Pécs) in Hungary. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant and will spend November 2014 in Australia working with NCIS on the ARC Linkage project 'Return, Reconcile, Renew Project: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future' being conducted at the Centre.
Time & venue: 4–5pm, Wednesday 26 November; Level 3 meeting room, John Yencken building, 45 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU campus.
Enquiries & RSVP: This lecture is free and open to the public. For further details, please contact the NCIS Centre Administrator, Ms Tamai Heaton, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 6125 6708.
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, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT.
Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Registration is essential. For further details, please contact the NCIS Centre Administrator, Ms Tamai Heaton, on email@example.com or 6125 6708.
Conference: 'Defending country: Sharing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service'
Hosted by the Serving Our Country research project at 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
Conference registration is essential. Registrations close by 15 November.
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.