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

Events

2017

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.

2017

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.

23
Feb
2017

Kerrie Doyle – ‘The Genealogy of social exclusion: women and identity in Aboriginal Australia.’

PhD pre-submission seminar

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.

Abstract

Aunty Kerrie’s thesis considers the risk and protective factors of psychological distress in Indigenous communities. Using mixed methods indigenist framework, she is examining Indigenous identity and stereotypes, living on country, and issues of resilience.

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Time & venue: 10am – 12pm, 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.

23
Feb
2017

Johanna Parker – ‘Gentlemen Scientists: what can be learnt by examining the motivations and methodologies employed by British and Australian private collectors to accumulate Australian Indigenous human remains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?’

PhD thesis proposal review

In accordance with University rules, Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars must complete a thesis proposal review before the end of the first year of their candidature. The TPR forms a significant component of the scholar's first annual report and generally includes the subject of their proposed research, the methodology to be employed, an analysis of the relevant literature on this topic, a description of how the scholar's proposed research will make an original contribution to the study of this subject, and – where relevant – an outline of the fieldwork required for the scholar's research program.

Abstract

The projected focus of Johanna's research is British and Australian collectors of Australian Indigenous human remains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Johanna is predominantly interested in self-funded collectors not directly associated with a university or museum at the time of active targeted collecting; and individuals amassing their collections due to extensive correspondence and networks rather than directly engaging in their own fieldwork. This thesis proposal hypothesises that utilising a Foucauldian theoretical framework to analyse the methods and motivations of this subset of private collectors will contribute new knowledge; including a greater understanding of the complexity of the international trade of Indigenous human remains and the perception of human remains as social commodity. The research subject is cross disciplinary including application to Indigenous Studies, Colonial History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museology, Australian and International Law, Psychology and Economics.

» read more about Johanna's research project

Time & venue: 4 – 5pm, 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.

2
Mar
2017

Magali McDuffie – ‘Jimbin Kaboo Yimardoowarra Marninil: Listening to Nyikina women's voices, from the inside to the outside. How have Nyikina women's voices influenced, and are still influencing, cultural actions, sustainable economic initiatives and self-determination in the Kimberley? A cross-generational study through film: the three sisters' story.’

PhD pre-submission seminar

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.

Abstract

In her PhD, Magali privileges the voices of Nyikina women, and looks at how three sisters, Lucy Marshall, Jeani Wabi and Anne Poelina, have influenced cultural actions and economic and self-determination initiatives at a local and national level. Through filmed interviews and narratives of their lived experiences, spanning 80 years and three generations, Magali looks at how the three sisters have responded and adapted to different waves of government policies, and at their increasing political role in the current context.

» read more about Magali’s research project

Time & venue: 10am – 12pm, 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.

3
Mar
2017

Janet Turpie-Johnstone – ‘Bunjil weaves past and future in the present’

PhD thesis proposal review

In accordance with University rules, Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars must complete a thesis proposal review before the end of the first year of their candidature. The TPR forms a significant component of the scholar's first annual report and generally includes the subject of their proposed research, the methodology to be employed, an analysis of the relevant literature on this topic, a description of how the scholar's proposed research will make an original contribution to the study of this subject, and – where relevant – an outline of the fieldwork required for the scholar's research program.

Abstract

Janet is working on a PhD across multiple disciplines, including Aboriginal philosophy, fine arts and mythology.

» read more about Janet's research project

Time & venue: 9.30am – 11.30am, 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.

16
Mar
2017

Diana Anderssen – ‘The construct of Native Title in Australian law: A conceptual analysis’

PhD thesis oral presentation

The NCIS oral presentation is similar to the mid-term review that is required in some other ANU departments. The oral presentation will normally be held by Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars after two years of full-time study, or part-time equivalent. The purpose of the oral presentation is to provide a significant milestone that HDR scholars can work towards, and to satisfy their panel of satisfactory progress.

Abstract

The objective of this project is to analyse the conceptual basis for the construct of native title in Australian law. The inquiry will examine the law relating to the content or nature of native title and native title rights in Australia. The development of the law will be mapped to the history of legal, social and political theories. Tools from contemporary critical theories of race and colonialism will be used to deconstruct the law and situate its philosophical underpinnings in their historical, social and political context. It is anticipated that the study will conclude that the construct of native title in Australian law today reflects a state of continuing colonialism, by demonstrating that the law reflects colonial, rather than indigenous, concepts of law, society and land ownership.

» read more about Diana and her PhD project

Time & venue: 10am0 – 12pm, Level 3 meeting room, John Yencken Building, 45 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU campus.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please contact the HDR Program Coordinator, Dr Diane Smith on diane.smith@anu.edu.au or +61 2 6125 0160.

22-27
Oct
2017

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: Sunday 22 – Friday 27 October 2017; Kioloa Coastal Campus located on the NSW south coast.

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

18-20
Oct
2017

Graduate research retreat

NCIS is proud to host its eighth 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 18 – Friday 20 October 2017; Canberry & Springbank Rooms, Level 1, J.G Crawford School (Building 132), ANU campus.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the NCIS HDR Program or phone 02 6125 0160. The event is free and places are limited.

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Nov
2017

The 2017 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Each year, a renowned Australian is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation.

Time & venue: TBA

Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. (registration details TBA) Please contact the NCIS Centre Administrator, Ms Tamai Heaton, on ncis@anu.edu.au or 6125 6708.

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