In late 2019 a group of Indigenous scholars, artists and activists from Australia and Oceania gathered on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land at The Australian National University, to discuss the challenges faced in decolonising our academic institutions.
Universities have historically functioned as imperial observatories to study and construct knowledge about Indigenous peoples, rather than fostering knowledge and leadership by and for Indigenous peoples. This series of workshops and a public forum sought to generate new perspectives and dialogues on the ways in which decolonial work is undertaken at universities and beyond.
We had four main goals:
* Foster trans-Indigenous conversations across ANU and more broadly to share decolonial ways of thinking and doing Indigenous teaching, research and outreach.
* Strengthen the potential of transdisciplinary Indigenous studies which promotes creative and just education, research and dissemination of knowledge.
* Emphasise the central importance of Indigenous wellbeing within the academy and devise strategies of collective care.
* Make a short film on trans-Indigenous approaches to decolonising the academy comprised of interviews, performances, and observational footage.
The project is ongoing within the School of Culture, History and Language and to support further dialogue and provide a platform for creative outputs, we have created a resource website.
We invite you to the launch of this space as well as our film “Decolonising the Academy: Trans-Indigenous Possibilities”.