Collaboration not Exploitation: Challenges in Indigenous-Settler Relations

Free Public Lecture

Collaboration not Exploitation: Challenges in Indigenous-Settler Relations

What does it mean for universities to collaborate well in Indigenous-settler relations? How can collaboration be supported and nurtured in ways that advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander goals and aspirations?

Across our institutions of higher education there are many hundreds of important collaborations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. This work is not always done well. Some academic work is extractive and exploitative, instead of being genuinely collaborative. This panel discussion will hear from Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration at the University of Melbourne, all of whom are collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in diverse ways. Together the panel will explore the complexities of collaboration across time, space, peoples and communities; the need for time and privacy to allow good collaborative relationships to develop; the challenges of navigating shared or divergent purposes in collaboration; and the many unseen risks involves for all partners in these relationships.

Hosted by Professor Sarah Maddison and Dr Sana Nakata, co-Directors of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration (ISRC). Panellists include: Dr Elise Klein (ISRC), Dr Nikki Moodie (ISRC), Julia Hurst (ISRC), Dale Wandin (Wurundjeri Artist) and Associate Professor Lisa Waller (Deakin University).

Presenters

  • Mr Dale Wandin
    Mr Dale Wandin, Wurundjeri
  • Associate Professor Lisa Waller
    Associate Professor Lisa Waller, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Nikki Moodie
    Dr Nikki Moodie, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Elise Klein
    Dr Elise Klein, The University of Melbourne
  • Ms Julia Hurst
    Ms Julia Hurst, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Sarah Maddison
    Professor Sarah Maddison, Co-Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration and Professor of Politics
  • Dr Sana Nakata
    Dr Sana Nakata, The University of Melbourne