A series of conversations amplifying the rich Indigenous systems of knowledge that persist in Country. This series will move beyond the homogenising binary of Indigenous / Western, and instead highlight the plurality of Indigenous epistemologies in Australia, as well as the points of commonality between them.

Series convened by Stephen Gilchrist, Deputy Director of the Power Institute, and lecturer in Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney


Events

 

NYUNGAR WAYS OF BEING
with Roma Yibiyung Winmar, Ken Hayward, Clint Bracknell, and Jarni McGuire

6 April 2022
6:30pm-8:00pm (Syd) / 4:30pm-6:00pm (Perth)

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GURINDJI WAYS OF BEING
with Brenda Croft and others

9 June 2022
3:00-4:30pm

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BARKINDJI WAYS OF BEING
with Zena Cumpston, Nici Cumpston, Kent Morris and David Doyle

25 August 2022
6:00-7:30pm 

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BIDJARA WAYS OF BEING
with D Harding and others

6 October 2022
6:00-7:30pm

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About the Series

The way we perceive and understand the world is constructed by historical and political forces. The study of these forces, however, has long been dominated by Eurocentric methodologies that centre rationality and enlightenment, and the ever watchful eye of the colonial gaze.

The continent of Australia, however, has long been home to a multiplicity of alternative knowledge systems – ways of being in the world that belong to specific places, people and languages.

This series of conversations seeks to amplify the rich Indigenous systems of knowledge that persist in Country, surviving and resisting the incursions of Empire.  It will move beyond the homogenising binary of Indigenous / Western, and instead highlight the plurality of Indigenous epistemologies in Australia, as well as the points of commonality between them.

Each event in this series will focus on a different cultural community, and the knowledge systems carried by them.  The events will be structured conversations between a number of speakers, drawing together knowledge-keepers of all kinds – artists, scholars, curators and senior community members.

The organisation of each event will start with one or two key contacts, and we will then follow their advice about the best interlocutors to accompany them.


Images

Images: Clint Bracknell, Noongar Country on the south coast of WA. Courtesy the artist. / Mr R Wavehill Jangala with karu (children), Malyalyimalyalyi/Lipanangku (1st Wave Hill Station), Wave Hill, NT, July 2015. Photograph © Brenda L Croft, with permission from Mr Wavehill’s family / Nici Cumpston, Great-grandmother Barka, 2020, Adelaide, Kaurna Country pigment inkjet print, hand coloured with Stabilo crayons and pencils, 80.0 x 80.0cm unframe, 100.0 x 100.0cm framed. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery. / Kate Harding, Carnarvon 2020 (detail), textile and appliqué, attached thread bags, 188 x 157 cm. Photography: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.