Dr Catherine Koerner

Ph.D (Sociology/International Development), B.A. Hons (Sociology)

Research Fellow

Catherine is deeply committed to social justice. She uses a critical analysis of colonialism and race and religion to understand the effect of power relations in inter-cultural dialogue and successful peaceful negotiations. 

Her book titled “Beyond a White Australia? Understanding race, multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignty and Australian Identities" is soon to be published with Springer Publications. She has over 20 years experience in youth and community development work and has lectured in 17 social science topics across three institutions in rural, regional and urban Australia. Topics include Culture and society, Indigenous knowledges and Social policy making.  

Catherine lived in Lombok, Indonesia from 2013-2014 where she studied Indonesian language and culture and did research with minority muslim groups experiencing protracted persecution.

Catherine is currently working on her second book titled “The patience to win freedom. Protracted experiences of Chinese genocide and Tibetan aspiration for peaceful strategies: An in-depth ethnography with Tibetans exiled in Nepal and India".

Research Interests

  • Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations
  • Inter-cultural dialogue
  • Peace studies research: especially on non-violent strategies to deal with racism, religious persecution and 
  • Contemporary colonialisms

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Publications & Resources

Books

Koerner, C. (submitted 2016) Beyond a white Australia? Race, multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignty and Australian identities. Springer.

Book Chapters

Koerner, C., Tur, S.U., & Wilson, C. (2009). Bringing Indigenous Sovereignties into Community Partnerships: Unpacking Racialisation to Re-engage Indigenous Australian Students in Education. In B. Baird & D.W. Riggs (eds.), The Racial Politics of Bodies, Nations and Knowledges (pp. 188-210). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

Koerner, C. (2015). White Australians & Indigenous Sovereignty. Social Identities, 21(2), 87-101. 

Koerner, C., & Putro, W.D. (2015, under review). Ahmadiyah in NTB, Indonesia: Refugees in their own country. Pacific Rim Law & Policy International Journal.

Koerner, C. & Haggis, J. (2014, under review). The white limits of multiculturalism: an empirical study in regional Australia. ACRAWSA e-journal.

Koerner, C. (2013). Learning the past to participate in the future: Regional discourses of Australian colonial history. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 6(2), 29-40. 

Koerner, C. (2012). The Northern Territory Emergency Response and the signs that divide us. The Conversation, 25 May 2012. 

Koerner, C. (2010). Whose security? How white possession is reinforced in everyday speech about asylum seekers. ACRAWSA e- journal, 6(1). 

Koerner, C., Connellon, K., & Imtoual, A. (eds.) (2008). Transforming Bodies, nations and knowledges. Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association e-journal (ACRAWSA), 4(1). 

Koerner, C., & Harris, J. (2007). Inspired Learning: Creating engaged teaching and learning environments for university and school students through university to school mentor programsInternational Education Journal, 8(2), 354-364.

Conference Proceedings & Papers

Haggis, J., & Koerner, C. (2012). Entering the moment of impossibility: Indigenous sovereignty and the white subject in critical race theory, Crossroads, International Cultural Studies Conference, 3-6 July, Paris.

Koerner, C. (2012). Learning colonial history, NAISA (Native American and Indigenous Studies Association) annual conference, 3-6 June, Conneticut, USA.

Koerner, C. (2011). A critical analysis of white Australian identities and Indigenous land rights: an empirical study, NAISA (Native American and Indigenous Studies Association) annual conference 19-21 May, 2011, Sacramento USA.

Koerner, C., & Haggis, J. (2011). In relationship with Indigenous sovereignty, Directions and intersections, conference proceedings Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA) and Indigenous Studies Research Network 7-9 December, 2011, Surfers Paradise Qld, pp. 122-132.

Thompson, L., Koerner, C., & Olofia, A. (2011). Child protection consultation in the Solomon Islands: Capacity building or welfare colonialism?, Directions and intersections conference proceedings Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA) and Indigenous Studies Research Network 7-9 December, 2011, Surfers Paradise Qld, pp. 195- 207.

Koerner, C., & Haggis, J. (2010). “We’re multicultural mate!”: regional Australian discourses of multiculturalism and the reproduction of ‘white Australia’ as a national identity, Social causes, private lives, TASA annual conference published proceedings 6-9 December, Sydney: Macquarie University.

Koerner, C., Tur, S.U., & Wilson, C. (2007). ‘Bringing Indigenous Sovereignties into university partnerships: Teaching about racialisation’ Transforming Bodies, Nations and Knowledges, Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association annual conference, 9-11 December, Adelaide: University of South Australia

Koerner, C. (2007). ‘Mentoring to enhance community partnerships and graduate attributes’, Partnerships for World Graduates, AIC Conference, Melbourne: RMIT

Koerner, C. (2007). ‘Researching the inspiration: An Action Research project on the experiences of university students as mentors’, The Scholarship of Engagement, Australian University Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA), annual conference, Alice Springs: Charles Sturt University

Koerner, C. (2006). ‘Whose Security? Indigenous Sovereignty, refugees and border security in Australia’, The Border Politics of Whiteness, 11-13 December, Sydney: Monash  University

Koerner, C., & Harris, J. (2006). ‘Inspired Learning: Creating engaged teaching and learning environments in a University to school mentor program’, Australian University Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA), annual conference, Curtin University, Perth.

Invited Keynotes

Koerner, C. (2006). Keynote: ‘University community engagement as a work integrated learning model’. ACEN, Adelaide: University of South Australia.

Koerner, C. (2006). Keynote: ‘The Inspire Mentor Program: Mentoring school students at risk of disengaging from education as a model for student practicum’, National University Practicum Conference, Adelaide: Flinders University.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Awards

2012Abstract selected from 3500 submissions to present at the Crossroads International Cultural Studies Conference, Paris, 2-6 July 2012.
2009 - 2010Flinders University PhD Thesis Write-Up Stipend
2009Recipient of an Australian Teaching and Learning Council Program award for programs that enhance student learning, Flinders University ($50,000)
2007Winner of the National University Indigenous Partnership Award, (with Ms Simone Ulalka Tur and Mr Christopher Wilson), DEST, and Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council ($10,000).
Catherine Koerner

Contacts

T: +61 8 8946 7468
E: catherinem.koerner@gmail.com

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