Global indigenous studies in the first world: some reflections and epistemological matters

Moreton-Robinson, Aileen M. (2013) Global indigenous studies in the first world: some reflections and epistemological matters. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Indigenous studies in First World nation states such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America and Hawaii, appear to have acquired the status of a discipline, although the accounts of its formation vary. Indigenous studies is formally recognised as part of university curricula in these countries and is included in inter‐disciplinary contexts and degree programs or is offered as a program and a degree in its own right. Indigenous scholarship is being published in unprecedented numbers with publishing houses competing for manuscripts. Indigenous studies journals have proliferated having emerged in the 1970s though most were, and continue to be, edited by non‐Indigenous people. In addition, Indigenous studies professional associations have been established organising research related activities as well as convening conferences to enable intellectual engagement and the formation of national and international networks. The nature and extent of this institutionalisation and the conditions of existence, though often marginalised and under resourced, may allude to the coherence of Indigenous Studies as a discipline with global reach but what remains unclear are its epistemological boundaries and the degree to which it perpetuates cultural entrapment . This paper will reflect on some of these epistemological matters.

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ID Code: 66253
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Additional Information: seminar presented at Global Studies Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne, 22 May, 2013
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 22:41
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2014 22:42

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