Acknowledging Indigenous Diplomacy


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Presenter:  Greg Fry, Honorary Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University

Date: Feb 21, 2019

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 6854
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room), Casuarina Campus, CDU

Target audience:  Open to the public - All Welcome - Please share

Abstract
The Uluru Statement from the Heart recommended makarrata as a diplomatic concept that could take reconciliation forward. The failure of the Australian Government to acknowledge this recommendation is emblematic of a more general lack of acknowledgement, on the part of dominant western knowledge systems, of the existence of ancient diplomatic systems and principles governing inter-group relations in indigenous Australia.

In this seminar Greg asks, firstly, why is there this is lack of acknowledgement of such an important social institution; secondly, why is it important to acknowledge its existence and effectiveness; and thirdly, what pathways could lead to greater acknowledgement of these ancient and effective diplomatic systems, and of their potential contemporary relevance to governance, conflict resolution, and reconciliation? 

The seminar will conclude with an outline of a proposed partnership between the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the ANU, and CDU’s College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society Yolŋu Studies area, aimed at contributing to such acknowledgment.

About Associate Professor Greg Fry
Greg Fry is Honorary Associate Professor in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy in the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, at the Australian National University. He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific (USP). He was formerly Academic Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies in Diplomacy and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, he was for 23 years the Director of Graduate Studies in International Affairs at the Australian National University.

Greg Fry’s research focuses on the international politics of the South Pacific region, conflict and conflict resolution in the Pacific island states, and the politics of regional diplomacy. He is editor of Australia’s Regional Security, Contending Images of World Politics (with Jacinta O’Hagan), Intervention and State-Building in the Pacific (with Tarcisius Kabutaulaka) and The New Pacific Diplomacy, (with Sandra Tarte). His current research focuses on indigenous diplomacy in Oceania (Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia).

When : Thursday, 21 February 2019 @ 10.30am – 11.30am
Where : Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room - MAP)
RSVP by Wednesday, 20 February 2019 via Outlook or thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

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