NIRAKN Critical Reading Group


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Presenter:  National indigenous Research and Knowledge Network

Date: Nov 12, 2015

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Contact person:  NIRAKN Team
T: (07) 3138 3802
E: nirakn@qut.edu.au

Location:  Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove Campus

NIRAKN Critical Reading Group

This year's Critical Reading Group (CRG) offers NIRAKN members and Indigenous postgraduates an opportunity to gather and discuss the latest publication from the NIRAKN Director Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, The White Possessive : Property, Power and Indigenous Sovereignty. The White Possessive explores the links between race, sovereignty and possession through themes of property: owning property, being property and becoming property less.  The chapters we will discuss show how Moreton-Robinson reveals the ways in which the core values of Australian national identity continue to have roots in Britishness and colonization, built on the disavowal of Indigenous sovereignty.  The collection as a whole puts forward a bold new agenda for critical Indigenous Studies, one that entails a deeper analysis of the prerogatives of white possession within the role of disciplines. What do we understand by ‘critical’ in Indigenous studies and do we consider this appellation to properly mark a distinction between ways of framing Indigenous and non-Indigenous research problematics so that sovereignty is foregrounded? How should we also respond to Moreton-Robinson’s call for a renewed critical Indigenous Studies in which whiteness is recognised to be inextricably bound with possession and dispossession? Can a uniquely Indigenous critical race theory emerge from our engagement with Moreton-Robinson’s scholarship and what will be its main features?

Facilitators include:

  • Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Director National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, QUT
  • Dr David Singh, Research Fellow, Indigenous Studies Research Network, QUT
  • Dr Chelsea Bond, Research Fellow, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, QUT

RSVP: Click here to register your application. Numbers strictly limited to 15 closing 5pm Monday 2nd November 2015

**SPECIAL CONDITIONS** Registration for both events are free and open to NIRAKN Members and Australian Indigenous Post Graduates. Registration for these events is subject to review by the NIRAKN Academic Team and successful applications will be contacted with a confirmation of registration and mandatory book of readings.