IndiGEN 2019: Indigenous Global Exchange Network conference

02 December 2019

A group of UC academic staff and doctoral students recently returned from the highly successful IndiGEN 2019 conference, hosted at the University of Melbourne. The aim of this conference was to develop an Indigenous network and to showcase new and emerging research, particularly from doctoral scholars.

  • IndiGEN conference 2019

    The UC team, with colleagues, at the 2019 IndiGEN conference held at the University of Melbourne.

The conference was developed through a collaboration between Professor Marie Connolly (University of Melbourne) and Professor Angus Macfarlane (University of Canterbury). In 2018, Te Rū Rangahau Māori Research Laboratory, with support from the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development, hosted a group of Indigenous and allied researchers from the University of Melbourne for a three-day Cultural Interchange, and the event marked the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the two institutions in the area of Indigenous research. The 2019 IndiGEN conference sought to continue to advance the collaboration, widen the network and community, and provide opportunities for academics and doctoral students to highlight their research. 

UC had a strong presence at the conference. Professor Angus Macfarlane presented a background summary of the collaboration. Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane featured on a panel discussion of the question: ‘Intergenerational investment in knowledge – how do we balance Indigenous knowledges and western thought?’ Other contributions to the symposium included Te Rū Rangahau scholars presenting a 3-minute thesis (Dr Maria Nieto, Toni Torepe, Jen Smith, Marie Gibson, and Rachel Maitland). The University of Canterbury also facilitated a workshop, and presenters in this bracket included Dr Tia Neha and Te Hurinui Clarke, Kay-Lee Jones and Jody Hohaia, along with Associate Professor Grace Sarra and Dr Bronwyn Ewing (Queensland University of Technology and Te Rū Rangahau associates), and Hayley Welch (AUT University and a Te Rū Rangahau associate). Dr Melissa Derby also gave a 10-minute presentation on her doctoral research.

UC delegates had the opportunity to participate in a Welcome to Country ceremony, as well as visit a local Indigenous community to learn about ways in which the community is reviving a range of Indigenous practices.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Smith
School of Teacher Education | Te Kura Whakangungu Kaiako
Email: jennifer.smith@canterbury.ac.nz

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