Past Projects

Indigenous Knowledges in Latin America and Australia: Locating Epistemologies, Difference and Dissent

The University of Sydney,
December 8 - 10 2011

This symposium, held at the University of Sydney, relates to the place of Indigenous Knowledges in Higher Education, and approaches to the same across different cultural contexts. The symposium and planned workshop bring together Indigenous educators and intellectuals from Latin America to Sydney to meet with interested Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators, scholars and activists, as well as non-Indigenous practitioners and allies, to discuss different models and approaches of Indigenous Knowledge and Education in the tertiary sector and beyond.

This project aims at helping educators and researchers in the Higher Education sector of Australia and Latin America to identify opportunities for integrating in their research and teaching and learning relevant aspects of Indigenous Knowledges in the areas of culture, education and sustainability.

Latin American Migrants Research Project

SURCLA members Dr Vek Lewis, Fernanda Peñaloza and Dr Verónica Quinteros have been working on a project entitled 'Latin American Migration in Sydney: The Chilean Case'. By combining ethnographic interviewing, document collection, and discourse analysis, this FARSS (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme) funded research project project seeks to uncover the wide range of meanings and uses that processes of identity formation, differentiation, recognition and negotiation play among members of Sydney’s Chilean community.

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Estudio sobre sexualidad, identidad de género y migrantes latinoamericanos en Sydney

Study on sexuality, gender identity and Latin American migrants in Sydney

The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies of the University of Sydney invites Latin American origin people to participate in a study concerning sexuality, gender identity and migration in Sydney. This research – involving individual questionnaires and surveys, as well as group conversations – aims to explore the connections between the migration process and the formation of sexuality and gender identity.

See Dr Vek Lewis's blog for more information and the online survey.