Indigenous 
Science 
Network 
Bulletin

December 2008
(Volume 11, Number 6)
ISSN  1449-2091

Editor:
Michael Michie

Tiwi designs by Jennifer Coombs
Munupi Arts & Crafts Association,
Pirlangimpi, Melville Island, NT

Indigenous Science Links


NEWS and VIEWS

RESOURCES

CONFERENCES

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NEWS and VIEWS

Education for Sustainability in the Northern Territory (Australia)

In this paper, Birut Zemits also looks at how indigenous knowledge needs to be a component of education for sustainability. I have reprinted the Background, the rest of the paper can be downloaded as a pdf.


Background

The purpose of this paper is to discuss and clarify understanding of what “Educating for Sustainability”, means in the Northern Territory context. This discussion paper was proposed by stake-holders at the February 2008 Australian Research Institute for Education for Sustainability (ARIES) Workshop: Mainstreaming Sustainability into Pre-service Teacher Education across Australia workshop at Charles Darwin University. This research program was federally funded to explore how Education for Sustainability (EfS) can be systematically implemented in pre-service teacher education across Australia.

The project in the NT parallels a pilot project in Queensland. This project seeks to identify how to develop systemic EfS using action research networking processes. It also gives participants an opportunity to explore and define how the concept of EfS articulates in the NT pre-service teacher education system. This paper is the result of consultation with stakeholders from DEET, CDU, BIITE and other government and non-government organisations in the NT.

To download the rest of the paper, click here.


A Comparison between Industrial and Indigenous Culture

Janet Hawtin wrote saying, "I thought I would send you a comparison I did between industrial and indigenous culture. It is just an informal presentation but thought the idea might be of interest."
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dfdk6g63_134gmcvmqdv 

Click on writing under the image of Australia. It takes a while for images to upload.

 



RESOURCES

Sciences from below: Feminisms, postcolonialities, and modernities
Sandra Harding. (2008). Durham, NC : Duke University Press

"In Sciences from Below, the esteemed feminist scholar Sandra Harding synthesizes modernity studies with progressive tendencies in science and technology studies to suggest how scientific and technological pursuits might be more productively linked to social justice projects around the world. Harding illuminates the idea of multiple modernities as well as the major contributions of post-Kuhnian, feminist, and postcolonial science studies. She explains how these schools of thought can help those seeking ro implement progressive social projects refine their thinking to overcome limiting ideas about what modernity and modernization are, the objectivity of scientific knowledge, patriarchy, and Eurocentricity. She also reveals how ideas about gender and colonialism frome the conventional contrast between modernity and tradition. As she has done before, Harding points the way forward in Sciences from Below." (Back cover)

Bureaucrats and bleeding hearts
Tess Lea. (2008). Sydney: University of NSW Press

"Tess Lea takes a fresh look at longstanding issues surrounding Indigenous Australia. She puts the spotlight on planners, policy experts and professionals operating inside the health bureaucracy, who are armed with the task of ending Australian Aboriginal disadvantage." (Back cover)

Follow this link for a report from The Australian newspaper: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24427502-27703,00.html

Due inheritance: Reviving the cultural and economic wellbeing of First Australians
Ted Egan. (2008). Nightcliff, NT: Niblock Publishing

"Desperately, desperately, the Australian community needs to investigate innovative solutions to chronic, systematic problems. We need to strip away the predudice and platitudes and well-meaning ignorance of the past and go exploring fresh ideas--with sincerity and honesty."

"This is exactly what Ted Egan has done, with a set of radical proposals to re-invigorate the Aboriginal community through the attainment strength and a restored cultural integrity. This courageous and clear-headed volume deserves a hearing from all engaged citizens across the continent, who have the power to change things." (David Headon, back cover)

We are Aboriginal - Our 100 years: from Arnhem Land's first mission to Ngukurr today
Ngukurr Community through St Matthew's Church. (2008).



CONFERENCES

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACTS AND RESPONSES
Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune, India
9-11 January 2009
http://www.Climate-Conference.com

This Conference will examine evidence of climate change, its natural and human causes, its ecosystemic impacts and its human impacts. The Conference will also concern itself with technological, social, ethical and political responses to climate change.

Plenary speakers include:
* Viraal Balsari, ABN Amro Bank, Mumbai, India
* Tapan Chakrabarti, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, India
* Prakash Rao, World Wide Fund for Nature - India
* Alan Rodgers, Consultant in Natural Resourse Managementi, Nairobi, Kenya and Cambridge, UK

In addition, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 14 November 2008. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website -
http://www.Climate-Conference.com.


SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE HUMANITIES

Beijing, China
2-5 June 2009
http://www.HumanitiesConference.com/

The Humanities Conference and its companion Journal provide a space for dialogue and for the publication of new knowledge which builds on the past traditions of the humanities whilst setting a renewed agenda for their future.

As well as impressive line-up of international main speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of New Directions in the Humanities. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 13 November 2008. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website -
http://www.HumanitiesConference.com/.

CONASTA58
Launceston, Tasmania
4-7 July 2009

CONASTA58, the annual conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association. The 2009 conference is being hosted by the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania (STAT) from 4 to 7 July in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.   The theme of the conference is Science Education – A Bridge to the Future and it will cater to the interests of teachers from all levels of education and include a full program each day for primary (K-6), secondary (7-10), secondary college (11-12) and tertiary. CONASTA 58 is Australia’s most significant professional learning experience for science education.

Details of the program and keynote speakers can be found on the conference website: www.cdesign.com.au/conasta58. Registration is now available online. The full program, including workshops, seminars and field trips will be available in March 2009 and will be posted on the website.

We are currently seeking Authors to submit abstracts for:

• Seminars (30-60 minutes, including questions)
• Poster displays (1metre wide x 2-metres high)
• Workshops (75 minutes or 160 minutes)


The conference presents a great opportunity for interaction and collaboration between science teachers at an international level. Please come and join us for the conference, we are looking forward to meeting you all here next year.

Barks, Birds & Billabongs: The American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land 1948 Remembered
6–10 July 2009
National Museum of Australia, Canberra

AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM TO CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS HISTORIC EXPEDITION
http://www.nma.gov.au/research/centre_for_historical_research/conferences_and_seminars/barks_birds_billabongs_expedition_arnhem_land/

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL SCIENCES

University of Athens, Athens, Greece
8-11 July 2009
http://www.SocialSciencesConference.com/

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences examines the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of 'real world' applications. It also interrogates what constitutes 'science' in a social context, and the connections between the social and other sciences.

As well as impressive line-up of international main speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 14 November 2008. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website -
http://www.SocialSciencesConference.com/.


FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS IN SOCIETY

28-31 July 2009
Venice, Italy
http://www.Arts-Conference.com/

The International Conference on the Arts in Society and the International Journal of the Arts in Society provide an intellectual platform for the arts and art practices, and enable an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. They are intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world - in studios and classrooms, in galleries and museums, on stage, on the streets and in communities.

The 2009 Arts Conference will coincide with the Venice Biennale, and will be held in conjunction with featured exhibitions and programs. The occasion of the Venice Biennale provides an opportunity for the Conference to serve as a node in the larger phenomenon of fairs, festivals, and their networks. As such, the Arts Conference aims to discover what values, instincts and common ground may exist within the arts and their practices and sites of reception around the world. Your participation shapes the Conference itself.

The theme of this year's Conference is Art and Transnationalism. It focuses dialogue on the arts and art practices that may be situated within the context of international art expositions, festivals and biennials which are engaged with the transnational production of art and its global distribution networks. The scope is deliberately broad and ambitious. Our times demand nothing less than interdisciplinary and holistic approaches. The breadth of the Conference and the Journal, however, are without prejudice to finely grained discussion of specific, local and grounded practices.

In addition to a roster of international main speakers, the Arts Conference will also include numerous individual paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by artists/practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the Conference Call for Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Arts in Society. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registration options are also available which allow you to submit a paper for possible publication in the Journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 14 November 2008. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website - http://www.Arts-Conference.com/.


2009 East Asian Assocation For Science Education Conference
Taiwan
21-23 October 2009 

Conference Theme - Science Education for Tomorrow (SET): Voices of East Asia

  1. Preparing for new generations’ potential in science education researchh
  2. Creating opportunity for East Asian collaboration: such as exchange program for PhD students, etc.
  3. Developing East Asia science education perspectives and uniqueness

http://esciedu.nctu.edu.tw/ease/index.php




CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This is mostly a summary of upcoming conferences. More details may have been given above or in previous bulletins as shown. A web-based contact is usually included. Inclusion of conferences in this list is not to be read as an endorsement of the conference.

2008

December 2008

7-11 December: World Indigenous People's Conference on Education (WIPCE 2008), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. http://www.wipce2008.com/

11-13 December: First International Conference on Popular Culture and Education in Asia, Hong Kong Institute of Education http://home.ied.edu.hk/~hkpop/conference.html. (Aug08)

2009

January 2009

5-9 January: epiSTEME-3: Third international conference to review research on Science, TEchnology and Mathematics Education. Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai, India.  http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/episteme (Feb08)

5-7 January: Fifth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Technology, Mauritius, 
http://www.SustainabilityConference.com (Feb08)

9-11 January: International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses. Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune, India http://www.Climate-Conference.com (Dec08)

16-18 January: Second World Universities Forum, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India 
http://universitiesforum.com (Oct08)

19-22 January: SAARMSITE Conference - Reclaiming knowledge in mathematics, science and technology education, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. http://www.ru.ac.za/conferences/saarmste/

March 2009

22-27 March: GEOGRAPHY AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada http://www.pacificworlds.com/ipsg/meetings.html: (Oct08)

April 2009

17-21 April: National Association for Research in Science Teaching annual conference, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA 92840, USA http://www.narst.org/annualconference/2009conference.cfm

21 April: Kingitangi Day, University of Waikato, New Zealand (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/)

May 2009

3-6 May: DreamCatching 2009: Hands-on Workshops in Math and Science for Teachers of Aboriginal Students, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.http://www.dream-catching.com (Aug08)

22-24 May: Frontiers in Science Education Research 2009 (FISER’09) , May 22-24 2009, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus http://fiser.emu.edu.tr (Jun08)

30 May - 1 June: Second Global Studies Conference, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com (Oct09)

June 2009

2-5 June: Seventh International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Beijing, China http://www.HumanitiesConference.com/ (Dec08)

15-18 June: Ninth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Riga, Latvia http://www.Diversity-Conference.com  (Aug08)

July 2009

1-4 July: 40th Australasian Science Education Reseach Association conference (ASERA), Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria. http://asera.org.au/
  (Aug08)

4-7 July: CONASTA58, Science Education – A Bridge to the Future, Launceston, Tasmania (www.cdesign.com.au/conasta58) (Dec08)

8-11 July: Fourth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Athens, Athens, Greece http://www.SocialSciencesConference.com/ (Dec08)

28-31 July: Fourth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy
http://www.Arts-Conference.com/  (Dec08)

August 2009

31 August - 4 September: European Science Education Research Association Conference, Istanbul, Turkey  http://www.esera2009.org (Oct08)

October 2009

21-23 October: 1st East Asian Association for Science Education, "Science Education for Tomorrow: Voices of East Asia", Taiwan. http://esciedu.nctu.edu.tw/ease/index.php (Dec09)

2010

March 2010


20-24 March: National Association for Research in Science Teaching annual conference, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

June 2010

28 June – 2 July: ICASE World Conference 2010  Tartu, Estonia http://www.worldste2010.ut.ee/ (Oct08)

July 2010

ASERA, University of Newcastle (NSW). Dates and venue to be decided.



Best wishes for Christmas 2008 and New Year 2009,

Michael


Last updated: 1 December 2008

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