News & notices
Congratulations to the Indigenous Cricket Project team
The final report for the Indigenous Cricket research project, entitled ‘For the Love of the Game’, has won the Public Policy award at the 2015 ANU Media and Outreach Awards presented on 9 December 2015. In the project, NCIS researchers Professor Mick Dodson AM, Dr Bill Fogarty and Ms Corinne Walsh investigated and critically evaluated numerous approaches to engaging young Indigenous people through cricket. The project has had a fundamental impact on the way Cricket Australia now promotes the game to Indigenous Australians, and constitutes a pilot study for a more comprehensive future research project.
Welcome to our new Research Officer – Mr Benjamin Wilson
Ben Wilson joined NCIS to assist on the Deficit Discourse in Indigenous Education research project. He contributes to the Centre in the fields of education, youth leadership, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Ben is a teacher and facilitator with a particular affinity for ‘difficult to staff’ schools. He is a former program coordinator with the Stronger Smarter Institute and a sessional lecturer in Indigenous education at the Queensland University of Technology. Ben has also run leadership and cultural competence programs for a variety of businesses and institutions.
Farewell Melissa Lovell
Melissa Lovell has been with NCIS for close to 2 years. During her stay, she provided research assistance on projects being undertaken on Indigenous incarceration and alternatives to incarceration, the Learning on Country Program evaluation, Deficit Discourse in Indigenous Education and the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation of Indigenous remains from museums and other institutions.
Melissa is now on maternity leave, and NCIS looks forward to a visit from her and Melissa/Neil Jnr.
HDR scholar Myles Mitchell wins the 2015 Watervale Graduate Award
The Watervale Graduate Award, valued at $10,000, has been generously endowed to NCIS by Ian and Laurel Fisher with the objective of supporting Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars enrolled at NCIS to achieve the valued personal and professional goal of MPhil or PhD completion. Awards are made annually on a competitive basis upon application, and priority is given to scholars in write-up or the final stages of completion of their thesis.
Congratulations to Myles on receiving the award; we look forward to his oral presentation and the submission of his thesis.
Congratulations to Edward Wensing
NCIS HDR scholar, Mr Ed Wensing, has been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor to the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University for a 12-months period, in recognition of his teaching and research efforts at James Cook University in Cairns. A warm congratulaitons to Ed.
Farewell Greg Lehman
Greg Lehman joined NCIS in April 2015 as our Research Officer working on the Deficit Discourse and Indigenous Education project, which investigates the role of deficit discourse in educational outcomes for Aboriginal students. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at ANU, an Honorary Research Associate at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, and a Fellow of the Anglicare Social Action Research Centre. Although his stay at NCIS was short, his contribution to the project has been tremendous.
Greg has gone on to pursue a career in teaching and research as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, and has moved a little bit closer to his family in Tasmania.
Welcome to our new Research Officer – Dr Gareth Knapman
Gareth Knapman joined NCIS in August 2015 as our Research Officer working on the Return, reconcile, renew project, which investigates the history of repatriation of human remains. Gareth completed his PhD in International Studies at RMIT University. His research focused on early nineteenth century colonial ideas of the nation from the Straits Settlements.
In addition to his focus on repatriation, Dr Knapman also researches intersections between sovereignty and private property in the British Indian Ocean colonial world. In this research, he contends that modern ideas of sovereignty developed through colonial interactions with the ambiguities between Indigenous ideas of private property and sovereignty.
Farewell to Costanza Maffi
Costanza Maffi joined NCIS in February 2012 as our Web Developer and Administration Officer, to build and maintain the Centre website and provide administrative support to the Centre's staff. Costanza was tireless in the NCIS front-line of support requests and events management. Her contribution to the Centre is very much appreciated.
Costanza has since moved to the ANU National Institute for Mental Health Research as a Web Developer on the eHub online self-help programs where she continues to build and develop high-quality interactive websites.
Welcome to our new Research Manager – Mr Douglas Macnicol
Douglas Macnicol joined NCIS in May 2015 as our Research Manager, replacing Emily Brennan. He has been working in research management since 2006, beginning at the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining NCIS he was Deputy Manager in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) Research Office.
His role at NCIS involves advising academic staff on research-related policy, identifying opportunities for research funding, supporting funding applications and helping to manage contractual requirements for grants, contracts and consultancies.
Welcome to our new HDR Program Manager – Dr Diane Smith
Dr Diane Smith has joined NCIS as its new Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program Manager. Diane is an anthropologist with over 40 years' experience working with Indigenous Australian communities, groups and organisations in remote, rural and urban locations across Australia. She has extensive field research experience using a diverse range of methodologies, and has worked as an employee of Indigenous organisations and a consultant on Indigenous public policy projects.
Diane will be managing the NCIS Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program as well as pursuing her research interests. Welcome Diane!
Farewell Emily Brennan, NCIS Research Manager
Emily Brennan joined NCIS in July 2014 as its first ever Research Manager, to provide research support to the Centre's academic team and promote research at the Centre. She blazed a trail of excellence in her role as Research Manager, advising academic staff on research-related policy, identifying opportunities for research funding, supporting funding applications and helping to manage contractual requirements for grants, contracts and consultancies.
NCIS and Emily bid each other a reluctant farewell, as Emily is returning to Sydney because of family commitments.
NCIS HDR scholar becomes a Professional Associate, University of Canberra
Ms Magali McDuffie, NCIS PhD scholar and professional film-maker, has been appointed as a Professional Associate with the Faculty of Arts & Design at the University of Canberra. As part of this honorary appointment, Magali will present the non-tradition research outputs from her current research work as part of the outputs of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research (CCCR) DocLab, University of Canberra. She has also been invited to develop a master class for media arts students on the topic of using film as a research tool. Magali will also be actively participating in other public events organised by DocLab, including screenings and symposia, by presenting papers and films (completed and in-progress).
'A Post-colonial Justice? Mapping the Politics of Incarceration in Australia'
NCIS has submitted its first Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) application. Entitled A Post-colonial Justice? Mapping the Politics of Incarceration in Australia, this innovative research project maps the contemporary politics of criminal justice and incarceration in order to understand the way discourse can structure and limit attempts to reduce Indigenous imprisonment. Discourse theory, governmentality and colonial studies approaches are used to develop in-depth empirical analyses of three attempts to reform policy and reduce Indigenous incarceration. Collectively, analysis of these cases will provide insight into causes of policy failure, as well as recommendations for constructive approaches to addressing Indigenous incarceration.
Congratulations to NCIS Research Officer Dr Melissa Lovell for her immense efforts in developing this application.
NCIS Research Associate an expert at UN meeting on monitoring the Declaration
NCIS Research Associate (and former NCIS PhD scholar) Dr Fleur Adcock has participated as a regional expert in the United Nations (UN) Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues' Expert Group Meeting (EGM) "Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples". The meeting was held on the 28 and 29 January 2015 at the UN headquarters in New York City. It was called to discuss whether a body should be established to monitor implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The meeting included consideration of whether the mandate of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be revised to perform this monitoring role. Participants at the meeting included six regional experts, members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, members of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the President of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Representatives of Indigenous peoples' organisations, non-governmental organisations, states and UN agencies, funds and programs also observed the meeting. Fleur presented on the limitations of the current international human rights law system (PDF 489KB) in regard to the monitoring of rights and whether it encourages 'rights ritualism'.
The final report (PDF 311KB) of the meeting was released on 17 February 2015. Its recommendations include that the UN Human Rights Council ensure that any deliberations on establishing a monitoring body, including modifying the mandate of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, take into account the EGM's report and that Indigenous peoples have full, effective and equal participation in the discussions.
Farewell Dr Asmi Wood
Dr Asmi Wood joined NCIS in early 2012 as its Senior Research Fellow and manager of the NCIS Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program. Asmi has always been part of the NCIS family since joining the ANU College of Law in 2002. Over the years, Asmi formed strong ties with the NCIS community. He is moving back to the ANU College of Law in early 2015 and will continue his ongoing role there as a Senior Lecturer.
At his farewell dinner, Ms Alycia Nevalainen – one of the NCIS HDR scholars – related a moving story and left many in tears when she spoke of how Asmi had not only supported and advocated for the Centre's HDR scholars but had also become fundamental in their learning journey. Professor Dodson also reflected on how, through strong argument, Asmi had managed to challenge some of his fundamental legal ideas he had held for 40 years. NCIS staff and HDR scholars were relieved when Professor Dodson announced that Asmi will remain on the NCIS HDR Scholar Program Committee and will continue to advocate for NCIS scholars.