Issue 4
Monday, 28 May 2018
Charles Darwin University
Symposium co-convenors Dr Lisa Papatraianou and Dr Al Strangeways
Symposium co-convenors Dr Lisa Papatraianou and Dr Al Strangeways

Symposium showcases Red Centre research

By Patrick Nelson

More than 20 researchers working in Central Australian contexts have presented synopses of their projects at the second annual Knowledge Intersections symposium held at Alice Springs campus this month.

Co-convenors Dr Al Strangeways and Dr Lisa Papatraianou said the one-day event provided mostly early-career researchers from CDU and beyond with an opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary and intercultural aspects of their work against themes of sustainability and arts-based research.

“The program contained four sessions, three of which followed the Pecha Kucha format of visually oriented and fast-paced presentations,” Dr Strangeways said.

“We showcased a wealth of thought-provoking projects across a broad range of disciplines that gave insight into new ways that local researchers are thinking about local issues.”

CDU PhD candidate Jeanette Millier provided the keynote address in which she explained why it became necessary to adopt a mixed-methods approach to gathering information for her study into how families in remote Papunya “grow up their children”.

In welcoming more than 70 delegates from a range of universities, Northern Institute Director Ruth Wallace said it was important to gather together and think about knowledge and how researchers work together.

“Alice Springs has shown great leadership in interdisciplinary and innovative thinking and is a real powerhouse for our future,” Professor Wallace said.

“Thinking about knowledge partnerships, how we engage and negotiate different sorts of knowledge and how we co-create and govern the sorts of knowledges that are developed will take the research community forward.”

The symposium began with the Alice Springs launch of a book that traces more than 40 years of bilingual education in the Northern Territory.

Co-edited by Central Australian linguist Dr Samantha Disbray, the book titled “History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory” draws together the stories and case studies from more than 20 contributors who reflect on the policy settings that either helped or hindered bilingual education since its introduction in 1973.