Past NCIS visitors

NCIS has enjoyed collaborations with numerous distinguished scholars and visitors since the start of the Visitors' program in 2005. The profiles given on this page reflect the wide range of scholars who have visited the Centre, and their fields of interest and expertise at the time of their visit.

Dr Amanda Porter

January 2016 – January 2016

Dr Amanda Porter joined NCIS as a visiting fellow in January 2016. The purpose of her visit was to share the findings of her doctoral research, an empirical study on the everyday operation and politics of night patrols in New South Wales.

Amanda is a senior researcher and postdoctoral fellow at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, the University of Technology Sydney. She is of Bringa Yuin descent.

Amanda researches in the areas of policing and criminal justice, with a particular interest in night patrols, alternative policing, police culture and police reform.

Dr Zuzana Buchowska

August 2015 – September 2015

Dr Zuzana Buchowska joined NCIS in August 2015 as a Visiting Fellow. Dr Zuzana Buchowska is an assistant professor at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She is visiting NCIS to conduct a two-month research project on Indigenous tertiary education among Indigenous ANU students, entitled “Teaching Indigenous knowledge and perspectives - Reclaiming cultural sovereignty”. She is primarily interested in the role of the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre in the students’ educational experience.

Zuzana Buchowska has conducted fieldwork at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas in the 2011 Fall-Winter semester. The University was founded as a boarding school for American Indian children at the end of the 19th century. In her work, she explored issues, such as, the community’s cultural negotiations and performances, forms of cultural resistance, the creation of an inter-tribal unity, the impact of athletics on culture and identity, and the ways in which Haskell promotes different forms of sovereignty.

Zuzana Buchowska is the coordinator of the newly created “Australia and New Zealand” MA Program at her faculty. The programme is interdisciplinary, and focuses on Australian and New Zealand culture, history, literature, society, and language.

Ms Yan Li

1 August 2013 – 31 July 2014

Yan Li was a Visiting Fellow for 12 months at NCIS and ANU College of Law. During this time, she undertook a comparative study of legal protection of Indigenous traditional cultural expression in Australia and China. Yan Li's scholarly interests are in the field of culture, heritage, history and repatriation.

Yan Li completed a Bachelor of Law at Law School of Yunnan University in 2001, after which she completed a Master of Economic Law also at Law School of Yunnan University with a dissertation: 'Protection of Indigenous People's Genetic Resources from the Point of Patent Law'. After graduation, she undertook a series of tasks, the most recent and important of which was teaching Human Rights Law at Chinese University. This role was organised by China University of Political Science and Law and was funded by Oslo University, Norway.

Since 2004, Yan Li has been teaching at the Law Faculty of Yunnan Normal University, where she is in charge of the International Law and Human Rights Law course. Yan Li has also been a part-time practising lawyer since 2001.

Ms Dana Rawls

February – March 2013

Dana Rawls is Research Editor and Publications Manager in the Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program (RMAP) within the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. She participated in the NCIS visitor program for two weeks as a Visiting Scholar in early 2013, to work on a research project examining the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP) and its implementation in Australia.

Ms Megan Davis

11 August 2008 – 11 September 2008

Megan Davis is Director, Indigenous Law Centre and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law at the University of NSW. Megan's scholarship at NCIS involves critical analysis of Indigenous public law issues, in particular, constitutional reform and democratic theory and governance. Her research also includes Indigenous peoples' rights in international law, in particular, UN treaty body jurisprudence and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is also an Australian member of the International Law Association's Indigenous Rights Committee. Megan's previous positions include Director (Bill of Rights project), G&T Centre of Public Law; Senior Research Fellow, Jumbunna, University of Technology Sydney (UTS); and Legal Counsel (Administrative, Legislation and Corporate Law Section, Legal Branch), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). She held a UN Indigenous Fellowship, UNOHCHR, Geneva and participated for a decade in UN expert seminars and working groups. Megan is an admitted Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the A.C.T., and has completed her PhD at the Regulatory Institutions Network (ANU) examining Aboriginal women and democracy.

2012: Megan Davis is now a Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of NSW; a UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (ECOSOC states elected); and holds portfolios including Administration of Justice, Gender and Women and Intellectual property and indigenous knowledge.

Professor Paul Chartrand

15 October – 7 December 2007 and March – June 2008

Professor Chartrand, Indigenous Peoples' Counsel (IPC), of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, is Professor of Law at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and a graduate of Manitoba Teachers' College, the University of Winnipeg, Queensland University of Technology Law School, and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. His main research and teaching activities, as well as numerous publications, are in the fields of law and policy pertaining to indigenous peoples. He has held teaching or other academic appointments at universities in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the United States of America. He has served on a number of high-profile public bodies in Canada, including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

Professor Chartrand will return to NCIS in March 2008 as a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Travel Grant Award.

» read Professor Chartrand's report on his 2007 visit (PDF 24.8KB)

Ms Jeannie Egan Nungarrayi and Mr Thomas Rice Jangala

May 2007

Thomas Jangala and Jeannie Nungarrayi visiting a site near Yuendumu, Northern Territory.

In May 2007, NCIS supported a visit to the ANU School of Anthropology and Archaeology of Ms Jeannie Egan Nungarrayi and Mr Thomas Rice Jangala from Yuendumu, to work with staff and postgraduate students in translating Warlpiri song cycles.

The project combined anthropologists, linguists, musicologists, Indigenous knowledge holders and Indigenous bi-cultural linguists to record, transcribe and translate song cycles, some of which are no longer frequently performed and are therefore not being passed on to the younger generations. Warlpiri songs link ancestral power with the landscape, emotions and aesthetics, and are central to Warlpiri spiritual life. The project is creating a cultural archive at Yuendumu that is informed by indigenous exegesis that is also integrating appropriate aspects into the world of scholarship, and eventually will provide materials for Warlpiri school curricula.

Dr Anita Heiss

25 September – 20 October 2006

Dr Anita Heiss is a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally, performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous studies. Anita's visit to ANU was hosted by NCIS, the Faculty of Arts, and the School of Humanities. She used her time at ANU to finish her novel 'Not Meeting Mr Right' (published by Random House Books, Australia) for which she received the 2007 Deadly Award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Literature.

» read Dr Heiss' report on her visit (PDF 19.6KB)

Dr Kaye Price

June – July 2006

Dr Kaye Price, of the University of Canberra, has worked extensively in the area of education and curriculum development. She has worked on the 'What Works: Explorations in improving outcomes for Indigenous students' report (PDF 1.2MB) published in 2000 by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association and the National Curriculum Services for the Commonwealth of Australia. In 2007, Kaye will be working with a team of Aboriginal educators taking the 'What Works' program to the Higher Education sector.

» read Dr Price's report on her visit (PDF 87.2KB)

Dr Dennis Foley

November 2005

Dr Dennis Foley's field of expertise is Indigenous Australian entrepreneurship. He is based at the University of Sydney and his research interests include Indigenous small business, Indigenous micro-economic reform, and Indigenous self-determination that is connected to financial independence. His work on Indigenous entrepreneurship has been described by Professor of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University, Kevin Hindle, as 'seminal'. Whilst in Canberra, Dr Foley looked at potential research partnerships for NCIS and ANU with the ACT Government, ACT business and other interested parties.

Dr Foley is a Fulbright Scholar, having undertaken research on Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs whilst based at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He received his PhD from the University of Queensland this year. He has published widely across several disciplines and recently gave evidence at the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Employment. Dr Foley is Gai-mariagal (matrilineal) and his father is a descendant of the Capetree/Turon River people, Wiradjuri.

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