I heard my first Australia Day ad for 2010 on the radio on Christmas Day (the australiaday.org mob are at it again!). Just as we start gearing up for the Back to School sales, we’re also going to be bombarded with Australia Day advertising – telling us how to be better Aussies & to be … Continue reading Time to celebrate what’s great?
You may have noticed that we’re using the terms “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander” rather than “Indigenous”. Well some people prefer the term Indigenous, while others prefer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. And in the end, I think there is probably as many reasons for one as for the other. Despite this, we have chosen … Continue reading Why not Indigenous?
These are just some cliches or truisms that perhaps we can keep in our mind when thinking about Aboriginal policy. I was at a business breakfast this morning, where Dr Dawn Casey was a keynote speaker. She urged us to re-visit the Royal Commission of the 1980s, as there is much that we can learn and understand. … Continue reading Let’s go back to the classics again! RCIADIC and Bringing Them Home
Here is the first of the Deadly Ways presentations. It currently sits at 5 Deadly Ways to Explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives of democracy, politics and civics in your classroom, but will definitely grow in the coming months. I did want to note that Annabel Crabb, political commentator and journalist, made an important … Continue reading Deadly Ways – Democracy and Politics
Today’s lecture I’m delivering at QUT for EDB007 pre-service teachers is about being able to identify the ‘invisible frames’ that we live within. Like my lecture for Indigenous Art Protocols & Practices, the lecture will explore what we know and how we know it. I’m inspired by the recent election to focus this year’s lecture … Continue reading Seeing the invisible frames
I was contacted by the Powerhouse Museum about a project for Indigenous Literacy Day this year, where students from Glebe Public School visited the Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey Exhibition. Students looked at the important role that women play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life. Further they were instructed to write and illustrate a personal narrative about a … Continue reading Learning about the Other in Indigenous Studies
I really want to explore this more. I know I do a bit of this now, but I know that there is so much more out there. I love the work of Gadj & Jodi from Sharing Culture Online.
In two of three of my 1213QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices lecture last week I showed this video, and I wanted to provide all the students with an opportunity to engage with this powerful and confronting (and very effective) work again. Warning: Course Language bell hooks in her essay Eating the Other: Desire and … Continue reading Learning from Yellow Rage
Last week I explored the idea of research for students in 1213QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. In the context of the student’s work, I focused on the idea of research as not being about the stereotypical idea of research (thinking here – lab coats, clip boards, pen … Continue reading Research: Seeing, Knowing & Doing
For years now, when I lecture, I rarely stand still. I wander up and down the corridors of the lecture theatre. Sometimes I get students up to interact, I ask them questions. I have been known even to move them around physically to illustrate a point. I don’t use paper notes. I’ll have a few … Continue reading How my able-ism stuffed me up: A reflection on my practice