Resisting the violence of the settler colonial university: Complicating “success” through generative teaching practices

In this conversation, Fi and Lilly reflected on their experience as co-educators who have actively sought to create generative learning experiences for Indigenous young people while resisting the neoliberal demands of the settler colonial university. They responded to the question: what is our responsibility and obligation as educators to unsettle or complicate the ways that Indigenous young people have been conceptualised by harmful educational systems in which we are also implicated? How do we move from a theoretical cognisance of the violent educational context to generative pedagogical practice that enables students to both make meaning of their diverse experiences in relation to these systems while also determining success for themselves beyond those circumscribed by the institution?

In honouring a politics of citation, they discussed the key concepts and theories that enable them to develop and model practices that respond to the above. They reflected on the process and pleasure of working together and in relation to the brilliant, critical and strategic young people who have travelled through the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) program since 2016.


Lilly Brown, Lecturer, Indigenous Studies

Fi Belcher, Acting Deputy Principal, Medley Hall


Associate Professor Sana Nakata, Associate Dean, Indigenous, Faculty of Arts and co-director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration, the University of Melbourne.

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