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.
ILA/NCIS Seminar: The International Law Context of Recent Developments in Indigenous Policy in Australia
The particular aspect of Indigenous policy of immediate concern is the attempt to discourage and possibly shut down remote discrete Aboriginal communities. This push by Government was exemplified by threats by the WA Government to shut down a large number of communities, Mr Abbott’s ‘lifestyle choices’ comments in regard to such communities, and the controversy that has followed. Whilst most the attention has been on WA, SA is also affected and in the NT the Commonwealth has followed a policy of centralisation of communities and under-resourcing of small and medium sized communities for a decade. No new housing has not been built on small to medium sized Aboriginal communities for over 10 years leading to an increasingly dilapidated and overcrowded housing stock. There is indirect coercion on Aboriginal people to leave their homelands communities and move to large settlements or urban areas.
Prof Dodson, Mr Greg Marks, Dr Sean Kerins will address the implications of Australian domestic policy of international instruments to which Australia is a party or has endorsed.
Time & venue: Friday 30th October 5.00pm – 7pm
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 Dr Fleur Adcock 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 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: Thursday 15 – Friday 16 October 2015; Burringiri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture Centre, Yarramundi Reach, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra.
Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the NCIS HDR Program or phone 02 6125 0160. 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.