Refusal, Resurgence, Renewal: Indigenous Independence in the 21st Century

Free Public Lecture

Refusal, Resurgence, Renewal: Indigenous Independence in the 21st Century

Forum Theatre, Level 1
Arts West


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T: 8344 0472

Please note: This event has now booked out. If you would like access to the online recording when it becomes available please contact Lauren Sanders at the details below

On International Women’s Day come along to hear a panel of female Indigenous scholars – a first for the University of Melbourne. Convened by the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration, the speakers will be discussing cutting edge social and political theory emerging from Indigenous scholars’ critical engagement with contemporary settler colonial politics.

In settler colonial states, such as Australia, Canada and the United States, Indigenous peoples continue to suffer the effects of dispossession and a lack of self-determination. Yet within these colonised spaces, Indigenous peoples also find and create spaces of independence in which they exercise sovereignty through a range of political practices. This panel will explore the rich political dynamics of Indigenous ‘refusal’, ‘resurgence’ and ‘renewal’, moving debate away from the deficit discourse that frames contemporary debate towards a focus on Indigenous defiance, resilience, and independence.


  • Dr Sana Nakata
    Dr Sana Nakata, The University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Sheryl Lightfoot
    Associate Professor Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Professor Audra Simpson
    Professor Audra Simpson, Columbia University