Milingimbi's Knowledge World: A Cultural Study


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Presenter:  Yasunori Hayashi

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Contact person:  Alisha Roditis
T: 08 8946 6728
E: Alisha.Roditis@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina Campus, Yellow 1.2.48

Abstract

The Closing the Gap Prime Minister Report 2018 celebrates the considerable progress achieved over the past ten years, and addresses the fact that the Commonwealth, State, and Territory governments should 'work together' with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to improve outcomes for First Australians. The concept of 'working together' signals a need for sensitive care; in particular when and where Aboriginal traditional knowledge and Western scientific knowledge practitioners work together on Aboriginal lands, which is not straight forward in any sense. 'Working together' will be a vulnerable journey to find a situational and temporal (dis)agreement rather than a general and stable meeting point. The theoretical assumption that the binaries could be firmly interlocked and productively yield an interdisciplinary collaborative knowledge actually undermines, underestimates, and marginalises (in worst cases, ignorantly ignores) Aboriginal knowledges and practices on Country. Therefore, there is an acute need in northern Australia and across Aboriginal Australia to slow down and ponder the potential meaning of 'working together' and how it could be alternatively discussed and performed.

 

Candidate biography

Yasunori Hayashi is a coordinator of the Yolŋu Studies program at Charles Darwin University. His background is in community education, development, and empowerment. His research interest often involves collaborative work with Yolŋu elders and looks into the ways in which remote community engagement and local decision-making practice is well understood and respected according to Yolŋu world making and doing.

Yasunori is a Northern Institute Doctor of Philosophy Candidate and this is a Confirmation of Candidature Presentation.

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