Upcoming Workshops & Events

The IRSN’s 2024 Seminar Series: “Determining Futures at the Interface”

The focus of this seminar series is on Cultural Interface Scholarship and Self-Determination Agendas. You can click on specific topics below to open for more information of each session.

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Presenter Prof Martin Nakata
Location Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301-007, Bebegu Yumba Campus (TSV) & The Cairns Institute, D003-003, Nguma-bada Campus (CNS) or join us via Zoom
Time 12:00pm-1:00pm
Recording Towards Indigenous Self Determination

In this session, Prof Nakata outlines JCU’s effort to turn us toward Indigenous self-determination agendas. There are traditions and customs that have long projected Indigenous people as principal agents in their development as a people. These traditions served as foundations for the development of an individual’s self-worth, dignity, and self-respect. Central to this process was being able to do things and make decisions without the help of others, being self-reliant, and making their own way in life. These traditions, however, have been eroded over time by well-meaning people but ultimately disempowering acts of benevolence from governments and other entities. The restoration of these fundamental aspects of Indigenous motivation to advance self-determination agendas is key if there is to be any significant change to the ways we address the inequities that exist in this country.

Prof Nakata presents from Bebegu Yumba Campus (TSV).

Presenter A/Prof Sana Nakata
Location Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301-007, Bebegu Yumba Campus (TSV) & The Cairns Institute, D003-003, Nguma-bada Campus (CNS) or join us via Zoom
Time 12:00pm-1:00pm

A/Prof Sana Nakata will present an early work-in-progress, examining how complexity and temporality can re-energize longstanding efforts to realise Indigenous self-determination. Engaging with Indigenous and non-Indigenous theorists (Rikfin, Táíwò, Connelly, Little), the paper argues for a de-centring of colonisation as a key referent point for understanding Indigenous self-determination. Instead, complexity and temporality are drawn upon to develop a novel way of understanding Indigenous futures: not as a post-colonial or de-colonial move, but rather as the recovery of a complex locale in which Indigenous pasts, presents and futures operate to generate new political possibilities for analysis and action.

Presenter A/Prof Marlene Longbottom
Location Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301-007, Bebegu Yumba Campus (TSV) & The Cairns Institute, D003-003, Nguma-bada Campus (CNS) or join us via Zoom
Time 12:00pm-1:00pm

Indigenous women are the guardians and custodians of the lands for which Australia is now known. They have a sovereignty that differs to those whom are migrant settlers. This includes those who may have a historical association with the land through the invasion, those who have recently migrated or have come to this country as a refugee.  This timeless connection to country separates Indigenous women’s experiences of violence also. Given the push to diversify and equality, there is a risk with multiculturalization where Indigenous women are usurped into categories that often overlooks the sovereignty and self-determining processes of Indigenous womanhood. In this seminar, Associate Professor Marlene Longbottom will share her current research on the Indigenous woman and the infrastructure of violence as a peek into her upcoming book – Silent No More.

PresenterProf Yvonne Cadet-James and Dr Janine Gertz
LocationIndigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301-007, Bebegu Yumba Campus (TSV) & The Cairns Institute, D003-003, Nguma-bada Campus (CNS) or join us via Zoom
Time12:00pm-1:00pm
PresenterProfessor Peter Yu
LocationIndigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301-007, Bebegu Yumba Campus (TSV) & The Cairns Institute, D003-003, Nguma-bada Campus (CNS) or join us via Zoom
Time12:00pm-1:00pm
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For further information about any of the workshops or events listed above, please email ierc.hdr@jcu.edu.au

2023 Workshops

PresenterAdjunct Professor Yvonne Cadet-James
Location301-007 / Zoom
Time12:00-1:00pm

* Further details will be emailed to IRSN members closer to each event

PresenterDr Mark Wenitong
Location301-007 / Zoom
Time12:00-1:00pm

The contemporary situation of Indigenous people today is much more complex than we imagine, and where Western approaches to these situations have been ineffective.

The purpose of the Interface Masterclass Series is to provide guidance on frameworks that can enable innovative and impactful research with Indigenous people and topics. The Masterclass series is not intended to replace your arrangements with your supervisor or the generalist workshops provided by the GRS.

This guidance includes how to frame projects with Indigenous topics, how to generate data in these contexts, and analytical approaches appropriate to these situations. Our objective is to support HDR students and researchers new to Indigenous topics, and to socialise approaches that may be more suitable to contemporary Indigenous situations.

Coordinator Professor Martin Nakata, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education & Strategy, James Cook University
Location Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301 Room 007, Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville. Zoom link details will be provided for those who cannot attend in person
Time Please arrive at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. 9:00am – 12:00pm AEST
RegistrationTo register for this series, please complete this survey

Module 1 Topics

  • Why an interface project may be useful for Indigenous people today
  • Foundational theories, including the cultural interface and Indigenous standpoint theory
  • How these theories are applied in research projects in a range of contexts

Participants will gain a better understanding of contemporary Indigenous positions, and how to approach these from a researcher’s perspective, and develop the capabilities to confidently apply this knowledge to their Indigenous research projects.

Download the Schedule, or if you require additional information, please contact us: ierc.hdr@jcu.edu.au

Traditional Owners of the Lake Eyre Basin are working hard to protect Country and culture from the threats posed by inappropriate gas developments. Join us in Townsville to celebrate the rich and living connections between First Nations cultural heritage and nature conservation - and why both are so important. Join us to learn what makes the Channel Country so special to its Traditional Owners and the local community, and why we need to protect the great free-flowing rivers that sustain this living landscape.

After last year’s historic discovery of centuries-old rainforest swords, a stunning wet season, and the publication of groundbreaking research into the impacts of gas developments, we’ve got a lot to share!

Visit the  Western Rivers Alliance site to register and find out more

Presenter Associate Prof Sana Nakata
Location 301-007 / Zoom
Time 12:00-1:00pm

* Further details will be emailed to IRSN members closer to each event

The contemporary situation of Indigenous people today is much more complex than we imagine, and where Western approaches to these situations have been ineffective.

The purpose of the Interface Masterclass Series is to provide guidance on frameworks that can enable innovative and impactful research with Indigenous people and topics. The Masterclass series is not intended to replace your arrangements with your supervisor or the generalist workshops provided by the GRS.

This guidance includes how to frame projects with Indigenous topics, how to generate data in these contexts, and analytical approaches appropriate to these situations. Our objective is to support HDR students and researchers new to Indigenous topics, and to socialise approaches that may be more suitable to contemporary Indigenous situations.

Coordinator Professor Martin Nakata, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education & Strategy, James Cook University
Location Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301 Room 007, Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville. Zoom link details will be provided for those who cannot attend in person
Time Please arrive at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. 9:00am – 12:00pm AEST
RegistrationTo register for this series, please complete this survey

Module 2 Topics

  • How to frame an interface project
  • How to write interface research questions
  • How to generate data to answer interface research questions

Participants will gain a better understanding of contemporary Indigenous positions, and how to approach these from a researcher’s perspective, and develop the capabilities to confidently apply this knowledge to their Indigenous research projects.

Download the Schedule, or if you require additional information, please contact us: ierc.hdr@jcu.edu.au

Presenter Dr Andras Laszlo Pap
Location 301-007 / Zoom
Time 12:00-1:00pm

* Further details will be emailed to IRSN members closer to each event

Presenter Assistant Prof Carlos Rivera-Santana
Location 301-007 / Zoom
Time 12:00-1:00pm

* Further details will be emailed to IRSN members closer to each event

The contemporary situation of Indigenous people today is much more complex than we imagine, and where Western approaches to these situations have been ineffective.

The purpose of the Interface Masterclass Series is to provide guidance on frameworks that can enable innovative and impactful research with Indigenous people and topics. The Masterclass series is not intended to replace your arrangements with your supervisor or the generalist workshops provided by the
GRS.

This guidance includes how to frame projects with Indigenous topics, how to generate data in these contexts, and analytical approaches appropriate to these situations. Our objective is to support HDR students and researchers new to Indigenous topics, and to socialise approaches that may be more suitable
to contemporary Indigenous situations.

Coordinator Professor Martin Nakata, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education & Strategy, James Cook University
Location Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301 Room 007, Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville. Zoom link details will be provided for those who cannot attend in person
Time Please arrive at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. 9:00am – 12:00pm AEST
RegistrationTo register for this series, please complete this survey

Module 3 Topics

  • How to analyse data using interface theories
  • How to first structure your defense of the proposition in your data chapter(s) and how then to utilise your data to support this defense.

Participants will gain a better understanding of contemporary Indigenous positions, and how to approach these from a researcher’s perspective, and develop the capabilities to confidently apply this knowledge to their Indigenous research projects.

Download the Schedule, or if you require additional information, please contact us: ierc.hdr@jcu.edu.au

Past Events and Workshops

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The 2023 theme ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives.

During the week, James Cook University will host several events to welcome our Chancellor Professor Ngiare Brown, celebrate our connection to Eddie Koiki Mabo and provide a forum for discussion on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

As a thought leader and civic university, we seek to enable community discussion on issues relevant to our region. We welcome your participation in the events of National Reconciliation Week as we work together to build a future that is based on truth-telling, mutual understanding, hope, empowerment, and self-determination.

Presenter: Dr Alice Cairns

We are very excited to have Dr Alice Cairns, Senior Research Fellow for the Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health, presenting her research on the feasibility and acceptability of a co-designed community rehabilitation service with Cape York communities.

Presenter:  Associate Professor Felecia Watkin-Lui

Associate Professor Felecia Watkin-Lui, Head of the Indigenous Teaching Program, will be presenting a seminar on her experiences working together with Indigenous communities and non-governmental organisations to co-design and develop research projects.

Presenter: Professor Martin Nakata

Professor Nakata, DVC of Indigenous Education and Strategy, will lead an open conversation on any issues, fears and/or anxieties relating to research in the Indigenous space.