Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

ACIKE presents first research seminar series and master class


By Patrick Nelson

Adam Bourke

Terry Dunbar …"a bounty of robust thought and discussion"

The Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) will host its first Research Seminar Series at Casuarina campus from 9 May.

The three-day seminar will provide higher degree research students with an opportunity to showcase their works and discuss their research.

Interim Director of ACIKE Associate Professor Terry Dunbar said the seminar would contribute to the research culture of ACIKE.

"It is incumbent on us to challenge and nurture our research students to grow their capabilities to critically analyse the literature and field data, to express complex ideas with clarity and add new knowledge to their field of study," she said.

"We are also determined to cultivate a team environment among research students to counter what can sometimes be a lonely journey. We encourage our researchers to talk among themselves, to share and compare their methodologies and cross-fertilise ideas and interpretations of theories."

Ms Dunbar said eight ACIKE doctoral candidates would give presentations on an array of fascinating research projects including Aboriginal governance, colonial residues in academia and the under-representation of Indigenous people in professional accounting. Four BIITE doctoral candidates will also participate with some delivering formal presentations.

ACIKE Lecturer Jaimee Hamilton will speak about her experience as an Indigenous PhD student while the Chair of ACIKE's governance committee, Tom Calma, will speak about the health impacts of smoking on Indigenous Australians.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership Professor Steven Larkin and The Northern Institute's Professor Rolf Gerritsen will also make presentations.

Professor Larkin's paper "Race and Organisation" examines white racial hegemony in hierarchical organisations and suggests ideas for achieving equitable race relations within government.

Professor Gerritsen will deliver a "Research Master Class" where he will cite evidence in support of an argument that reflects on the intersection between Indigenous people and the State.

"We look forward to what promises to be an interesting and insightful forum characterised by a bounty of robust thought and discussion," Ms Dunbar said.