Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2018 Archive

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Engaged research: working collaboratively with First Nations peoples

15 February 2018Register online

A masterclass for staff and HDR students presented by Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC).

This masterclass is designed to provoke self-reflection and will feature staff and students who have conducted research in Indigenous contexts. Experienced as well as early-career researchers are encouraged to contribute questions and comments. Although the focus will be on anthropological research, students of other disciplines are welcome to join.

Collaborative research among First Nations peoples is a constant process of learning, exchange and decolonisation for the anthropologist as well as indigenous peoples, which can only benefit from prior condieration of questions such as those listed below.

  • What does it mean for anthropologists to do research work with Indigenous peoples in countries like Canada and Australia today?

  • What forms of engagement and commitment are expected from anthropologists?

  • What do we mean by the decolonisation of the methodologies of anthropology?

  • How do we consider and articulate Indigenous epistemological and ontological principles within the decolonising project in research, which seeks to reimagine and rearticulate power and knowledge through a multiplicity of epistemologies and ontologies?

  • What are the implications of ‘decolonising’ for us as persons as well as for the discipline?

Event details

  • When: 2.30–4.30pm

  • Where: Seminar Room 148, RC Mills Building F10, Eastern Avenue
    RC Mills A26
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Bookings are essential.
    Register online

  • Contact: Claire Stevens
    T: +61 9351 5359

  • More info: An optional dinner will follow at 6pm (at Otto Noorba Restaurant, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe). Please indicate when registering whether you will attend this dinner.

  • Chair: Gaynor MacDonald is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

  • Guest speaker: Sylvie Poirier is professor in the Department of Anthropology, Université Laval, Canada. She has been conducting research with Aboriginal people in the Australian Western Desert since 1980 and with the Atikamekw, a First Nation in north-central Quebec, since 1990. She is the author of A world of relationships. Itineraries, Dreams and Events in the Australian Western Desert (2005); co-editor (with John Clammer and Eric Schwimmer) of Figured Worlds. Ontological Obstacles in Intercultural Relations (2004); and co-editor (with Françoise Dussart) of Entangled Territorialities. Negotiating Indigenous Lands in Australia and Canada (2017).

SSSHARC HDR Student Master Class - Engaged Research: Working collaboratively with First Nations peoples


Seminar Room 148

RC Mills Building

The University of Sydney 


15 February 2018

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