Issue 7
Monday, 07 September 2020
Charles Darwin University
From left: Leonie Norrington, Cathy Bow, Stephen Dhamarrandji and Michaela Spencer
From left: Leonie Norrington, Cathy Bow, Stephen Dhamarrandji and Michaela Spencer

High praise for Northern Institute researchers

A team of researchers at Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute has won international recognition for excellence in the field of science and technology studies (STS) at a virtual conference hosted in Prague.

The team, comprising Michaela Spencer, Cathy Bow, Yasunori Hayashi, Leonie Norrington, Simon West and Jennifer MacDonald, won the international Society for Social Studies of Science “Making and Doing Award” for a digital presentation of their Ground Up research work. 

Their inquiry showcased research on re-presentation, evaluation, identity, languageness, credentials and evidence, from their ongoing work with Indigenous co-researchers and collaborators. 

The biennial award celebrates scholarly practices that express science, technology and scientific knowledge that extend beyond the academic paper or book.

Project Leader Dr Michaela Spencer said it was wonderful to receive recognition from the premier international conference for social studies of science, particularly for work that was so distinctively embedded in Northern Australia.

“We are a collective of six Northern Australia researchers whose work was curated into a display that showed how we work with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges to produce new understandings and impacts in the places we work,” Dr Spencer said.

She thanked the following collaborators: Waymamba Gaykama?u, Mali Djarrbal, Rosemary Gundjarranbuy, Stephen Dhamarrandji, Ian Mongunu Gumbula, Mercy Djungmali Gumbula, Gwen Rami, Jill Nganjmirra and others from the Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre; Katie Degnian and Emma Ignjic from Bush Heritage Australia.

The presentation can be viewed here: W: