2014 NIRAKN Critical Reading Group October 2014!!

ATT: NIRAKN Members and Indigenous Post Grads!


2014 NIRAKN Critical Reading Group


Friday, October 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NIRAKN Critical Reading Group 2014

This year's Critical Reading Group (CRG) offers NIRAKN members and all Indigenous postgraduates an opportunity to gather and discuss works by leading Native American theorists in Indigenous Studies. Following on from last year's very successful discussion of the work of foundational Native Studies scholar and Sioux intellectual Vine Deloria Jr, this year's CRG will discuss selected essays from Audra Simpson and Andrea Smith's important new edited collection 'Theorizing Native Studies'.

The essays we will discuss aim to demonstrate the importance of theory in Indigenous Studies. Many in Indigenous Studies prefer to focus on immediate political issues, whilst others are suspicious of theory as reflecting 'an inherently Western, imperialist epistemology'. The essays in Theorizing Native Studies acknowledge these concerns but insist on the utility of theory in identifying ‘the larger institutional and political structures that enable racism, inequities, and the displacement of indigenous peoples'. The collection as a whole seeks to demonstrate that theory can serve as a decolonizing practice, and in doing so compels us to recognise that Indigenous people are legitimate theorists and that important theoretical work often takes place outside the academy within activist groups and communities.

Is there anything we can we learn from these debates among leading and emerging Indigenous scholars from the US and Canada? Is there a need for theory that draws on Australian Indigenous knowledges to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research? Can theory usefully serve in deciding the strategic choices we make as activists?

Discuss these and other issues in a supportive environment, where we will work together to consider the essays and their claims for the importance of theory in the struggle against the settler state.  Everyone who comes gets a free copy of the book... And lunch...

Facilitors are:
Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Director National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, QUT

Dr David Singh, Research Fellow, Indigenous Studies Research Network, QUT

Dr Alissa Macoun, Research Fellow, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, QUT

When: Friday 10th October 2014, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Queensland University of Technology, KG-Q321 (IHBI Building)
Contact: Lisa Binge or (07) 3138 3802
RSVP: Friday 30th September 2014

Enrolled Indigenous Postgraduate Students:  Students who require assistance with travel and accommodation, please contact Lisa Binge directly either via email or phone (07) 3138 3802.

Registration is limited, free and open to NIRAKN Members and Indigenous Post Graduates.  A mandatory book of readings will accompany confirmation of registration.

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
60 Musk Ave
Room KG-Q321
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059
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