• May

    Time: 11:30am

    Location: The Lowitja Institute Melbourne - 100 Drummond Street, Suite 1 Level 2 Carlton Victoria

    NIRAKN Symposium:       Indigenising the Teaching and Learning Environment

    The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, and Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow Dr Chelsea Bond are pleased to co-present  a public symposium on Indigenous teaching and learning within the Australian higher education sector.

    At present there has been a sustained push to Indigenise the curricula across a wide range of disciplines, requiring staff and students to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives often for the first time.  Indigenous academics play a crucial role in supporting this task, however the requirement to engage with Indigenous knowledges and perspectives is often met with individual, institutional and disciplinary resistance.

    In 2016, the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies is publishing a special issue which will critically examine some of the key challenges in the current Indigenising agenda within the Australian higher education sector. The forthcoming special issue brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators to explore a diverse range of issues including; the positioning of Indigenous educators within the classroom, culturally safe pedagogies and navigating student resistance, Indigenising curricula within the disciplines, and the incorporation of critical race theory in institutional cultural competency training.

    The IJCIS is a fully peer reviewed journal which brings together emergent and ground-breaking research in the field of Indigenous studies within the global community offering scope for critical international engagement and debate.

    This symposium includes a series of short presentation from the contributors, presented by Dr Chelsea Bond who is undertaking an Office of Learning and Teaching Fellowship examining the cultural safety of Indigenous academics teaching Indigenous studies, knowledges and/or perspectives within Australian Universities.

    Symposium Presenters include; Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Professor Dennis McDermott, David Sjoberg, Faye Blanch, and Deb Bargallie. 

    Support for this symposium has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this symposium do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

    To register for this event, please follow the links to the registration page.

    Attendance is FREE and open to NIRAKN members, NIRAKN Research Affiliates, Indigenous postgraduate students, community members and academic staff.

    Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the event and tickets are limited, closing Friday 29th April, 2016.  To register please click here.

    For any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at nirakn@qut.edu.au.