National Reconciliation Week 2020 Webinar: Challenges and opportunities for Indigenous researchers within a western knowledge system

Join three Indigenous scholars across Arts, Education and MDHS for a National Reconciliation Week panel discussion on the experience of working across a western academy.

Linking to the 2020 Reconciliation Week theme: “In this together”, the discussion will explore issues the panellists experience as Indigenous academics within a traditionally western institution such as the University of Melbourne. With the establishment of the Indigenous Knowledges Institute at the University earlier this year, it is now timely for the whole university community to consider how Indigenous knowledge, scholars and curriculum can enrich the University’s research and teaching agenda.

Webinar details

Date: Friday 29 May
Time: 2:00pm
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Facilitated by Ms Aurora Milroy, Manager, Indigenous Knowledges Institute, The University of Melbourne


Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker

Research Fellow Indigenous Studies Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School Population and Global Health.

Dr Ormond-Parker was born in Darwin and of Alyawarr decent from the Barkly tablelands region of the Northern Territory. Lyndon has been involved in advocacy, policy development, research and negotiations at the local, national and international level focused on Indigenous communities in the area of information technology, cultural heritage, materials conservation and repatriation. He is currently a member of the Australian Heritage Council, a principal adviser to the Australian Government on heritage matters.

Dr Melitta Hogarth

Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne

Melitta is a Kamilaroi woman. Melitta’s interests are in education, equity and social justice.  Her PhD titled “Addressing the rights of Indigenous peoples in education: A critical analysis of Indigenous education policy” was recently awarded the Ray Debus Doctoral Award for Research.

Ms Lilly Brown

Interdisciplinary Educator and Researcher, Australian Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts

As a former Charlie Perkins Scholar, in 2013 Lily completed a Masters in Education at the University of Cambridge and currently lecturers into the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Melbourne. Lilly belongs to the Gumbaynggirr people of the mid-north coast of New South Wales. With a background in critical Indigenous studies, education and youth sociology, Lilly’s research and teaching focuses on the possibilities education presents as both a site of positive transformation and social reproduction; the ongoing colonial state violence resisted by First Peoples; and, the way anti-Indigenous racism, as foundational to Australian nationhood, continues to function.