Indigenous 
Science 
Network 
Bulletin

October 2008
(Volume 11, Number 5)
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

Arnhem Land gathering hears vision for Indigenous success

 

15 August 2008

Indigenous Australians must develop and fund their own self-identity if they are to see real progress, a gathering at this week’s Garma Festival of Traditional Culture in east Arnhem Land was told. 
 
Eminent Maori Treaty negotiator Sir Tipene O'Regan spoke at the Opening Plenary at the Key Forum of Australia’s most significant Indigenous festival, giving a wide ranging insight into the challenges facing Maori people. 
 
His core discussion revolved around a notion he called a burden of disregard where indigenous culture was not relevant to wider social views of society. 
 
And he said this disregard was fed, in part, by a lack of vision by indigenous peoples who themselves struggled to forge a long-term vision. 
 
“One of the most precious things we have is our grievance and one of the greatest challenges we have had is ridding ourselves of the sense of grievance and to conceive ourselves in forward terms of what we want to be,” he said. 
 
“Until we take control and own our own dreams, we will always be dependent on others to tell us what our dreams should be.” 
 
Sir Tipene reflected on the struggles of Maori people that continued even after their momentous recognition within the New Zealand legal system. 
 
“We were a bit like the dog racing down the road and barking,” he said. “The dog's great problem is what does he do with the car when he gets it?” 
 
He spoke frankly about the challenge of Maori people to live up to their vision “for us and our myriad of descendents coming after us”, and to take better care of their wealth and future. 
 
“From day to day, the debate almost always involves what I call the groceries and not the long-term future,” he said. “We were not conceiving ourselves as people with a future,” he said. 
 
Sir Tipene also spoke of the huge disjunction between highly educated Maori people leaving their lands because they were excluded from the political process. 
 
“They were dissatisfied with this and left for other career options so were left with ordinary Kiwis running political governance.” 
 
He said common indigenous hostility against political elitism worked against future leadership of indigenous peoples and this had to change. 
 
A merger of economic and traditional cultures would pave the way for true indigenous empowerment. 
 
“If we are going to own our own culture, we have to pay for it ourselves otherwise we will be walking museums funded by well-meaning art councils and bureaucrats,” he said. 
 
The Key Forum, coordinated by Charles Darwin University, is a central feature of the annual Garma Festival. 

(http://owl.cdu.edu.au/newsup/news/2008/Aug/DD4014F751/)

 

RESOURCES

Teaching and learning in indigenous education

"Practical and easy to read, Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Education prepares student teachers for teaching Indigenous students in urban, rural and remote primary and secondary schools, and in other community learning environments."

The author, Neil Harrison, is senior lecturer, Australian Centre for Educational Studies, Macquarie University. He has worked in Indigenous education since 1978 as a primary, secondary and tertiary teacher. (Back cover)

Harrison, Neil. (2008). Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Education. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. www.oup.com.au.

Twelve canoes

This website looks at the cultural background of the Yolngu people from Ramingining west of Darwin (Australia) who were in the movie "10 Canoes". There are numerous video clips about different aspects of their culture.

The website is at http://www.12canoes.com.au/.

Special issue of L1; Educational Studies in Language and Literature


Drill down 2 links [L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature; PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL (open)], then scroll down this page to Vol. 8, Issue 1, dated  2008-03-23 (http://l1.publication-archive.com/public?fn=enter&repository=1) where the articles are listed.




CONFERENCES

UBIQUITOUS LEARNING CONFERENCE    

Illini Center, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA    

17-19 November 2008

http://www.ULConference.com

The Ubiquitous Learning Conference investigates the uses of technologies in learning, including devices with sophisticated computing and networking capacities which are now pervasively part of our everyday lives - from laptops to mobile phones, games, digital music players, personal digital assistants and cameras. The Conference explores the possibilities of new forms of learning using these devices not only in the classroom, but in a wider range of places and times than was conventionally the case for education. Ubiquitous learning is made possible in part by the affordances of the new, digital media. What's new about it? What's not-so-new? What are the main challenges of access to these new learning opportunities?

As well as an impressive line-up of 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 Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal. 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.

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.ULConference.com


Australian Association for Research in Education International Research Conference
CHANGING CLIMATES: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES
Queensland University of Technology Kelvin Grove Campus
30 November to 4 December.

We encourage presenters to engage with the conference theme of 'changing climates' and how this current social concern applies equally well to education and the various policy, funding, institutional and social domains that shape the work of teachers and educational researchers.

So, what's changing and what can be changed?

What can and should be sustained?

  • Natural and social environments
  • The place of social justice, human rights and ethics in educational markets
  • Global educational trends, debates, philosophies and policies
  • Our communities and the relations between and within them
  • Research climates and the ways in which re

Such changes are not confined to an Australian context. We welcome overseas researchers to join us and share in collaborative dialogue.

Building on the strong heritage of AARE conferences, CHANGING CLIMATES: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES will be more environmentally friendly, provoke more rigorous debate and sustainable discussions, and raise the bar on quality. The conference will open with a Welcome to Country by local Indigenous people. We warmly invite all education researchers and educators from across all sectors to join us for what promises to be a refreshing, innovative and stimulating conference. http://www.aare.edu.au/conf2008/index.htm

SECOND WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM     

Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India     

16-18 January 2009     

http://universitiesforum.com    

The World Universities Forum was created in the belief that academe must better engage today's most crucial questions, and that higher education itself must be included as part of the wider discussion of global change.  The Forum encourages the participation of university executives, administrators, scholars and research students, as well as journalists, policy makers, business and political leaders, and others who understand that the importance of the university extends well beyond campus.

Keynote speakers include:     

    * Professor Brenda Gourley (Vice Chancellor, Open University, UK)    

    * Professor Richard Larkins (Vice Chancellor, Monash University, Australia)    

    * Professor Ashok Misra (Director, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, India)    

    * Professor Mahmood Mumdani (Columbia University, USA)    

    * Lord Bikku Parekh (University of Westminster, UK)    

    * Professor Deepak Pental (Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, India)    

    * Professor Mark Wrighton (President, Washington University, USA)    

In addition, the Forum will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Forum Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed Journal of the World Universities Forum. If you are unable to attend the Forum in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for review and possible publication in the Journal, and provide access to the online edition of the Journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call-for-papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 September 2008.  Future deadlines will be announced on the Forum website after this date.  Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Forum, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Forum website - http://universitiesforum.com.

GEOGRAPHY AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

22-27 March 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (IPSG) of the Association of American Geographers welcomes scholars working on issues that involve Indigenous peoples, across all regions and specializations within Geography, to contribute to IPSG-sponsored sessions. Indigenous Geography issues operate on the forefront of Postcolonial Theory, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory, as well as addressing issues of Human Rights, Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Protected Areas, Environmental Management, Borders and Mobility, and much, much more.

IPSG sponsored sessions are listed on the IPSG website and will be updated as new CFPs arrive: 

http://www.pacificworlds.com/ipsg/meetings.html:

Current CFPs include:

  -- Places Postcolonialism Forgot: New Examinations of Center & Periphery

  -- Is Saying Sorry Enough? Confronting the Enduring Legacies of Settler-state Colonialisms' Atrocities against Indigenous Populations.

  -- Modest Witnesses: Fieldwork, Indigenous Knowledges, and Truth-Making

  -- The Impacts of Ruralness to Indigenous Peoples

  -- Native Lands, Climate Change and Environmental Issues

  -- Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas: Conservation Through Self-Determination

  -- Spatial Strategies of Indigenous Resistance

  -- Lost in Translation: Collaborating with Community Partners

  -- Native Peoples and the Water Nations: issues, problems and solutions

  -- The Changing Geographies of the Arctic Region

If you are interested in participating in a particular session, you can contact the session organizer directly. Otherwise, interested persons, including session organizers and discussants, should contact Doug Herman at The National Museum of the American Indian: hermand@si.edu.

DreamCatching 2009: Hands-on Workshops in Math and Science for Teachers of Aboriginal Students

Theme: Connecting the Dots: Building a Pathway to Career Awareness through Excellence in Math and Science

May 3-6, 2009

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

http://www.dream-catching.com

DreamCatching 2009 is the sixth in a series of biannual workshops where teachers of Indigenous students explore hands-on methods and strategies for engaging K-12 students in math, science and IT in a culturally relevant manner.

Workshops are extended length to allow participants to really engage with subject matter, and determine how it fits within their own contexts.

For the first time, DreamCatching 2009 will include concurrent Knowledge Sharing Sessions led by academics, graduate students, Elders, classroom teachers, informal science educators etc. who are actively engaged in considering how science and math can support the growth of Native students. If you have something to share please consider submitting a Knowledge Sharing Session proposal by October 15, 2008.

 


SECOND GLOBAL STUDIES CONFERENCE
     

Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates     

30 May to 1 June 2009     

http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com

The Global Studies Conference and Global Studies Journal are devoted to mapping and interpreting new trends and patterns in globalization - from many points of view, many locations in the world, and in a wide-angle kaleidoscopic fashion.

As well as an 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 Global Studies Journal. 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.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 September 2009.  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, may be found at the Conference website - http://www.GlobalStudiesConference.com/.

European Science Education Research Association Conference 2009
31 August - 4 September 2009
Istanbul, Turkey

We are pleased to announce the invitation to participate in the ESERA 2009 Conference which will be held in Istanbul. Istanbul is a very exciting city, so we hope the conference will be too! As the local organizing committee we are making sure that all the preparations are in place so that we can host you at this wonderful event.

Three Turkish universities are hosting the conference this time: Gazi University, Hacettepe University, and Yeditepe University. Science education in Turkey is enjoying a rapid growth. Every year dozens of doctorates are being awarded in several Turkish Universities and many PhD are joining the group in Turkey by earning their degrees abroad. Nowadays you may see more articles in international science education journals originating from Turkey. We strongly believe that this conference will bring more excitement to all of us.

The conference web site is now open and we will post information in due time about the developments. Please do not forget to check the web site at http://www.esera2009.org (flyer) from time to time and also inform your colleagues in your institutions and countries.

We wish you a refreshing and rewarding conference and looking forward to meeting you all in Istanbul!

ICASE World Conference
28 June – 2 July, 2010  Tartu, Estonia
3rd World Science and Technology Education Conference on Innovations in Science and Technology Education: Research, Policy Practice. The venue will be the University of Tartu, the oldest University in Estonia dating back to 1632.

The 3rd World Conference will follow on from the previous World Conferences held in Malaysia, 2003 and Australia, 2007 by bringing together policy makers, curriculum developers, scientists, science teacher educators, science teacher association personnel and of course science teachers to consider research developments, policy implications and innovative practices in the field of science and technology education.  Estonia has a strong tradition in science, stemming from its former USSR days and today is a widely recognised centre for gene technology.   http://www.worldste2010.ut.ee/





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

October 2008

27 – 29 October: International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, UP NISMED, Quezon City, The Philippines (Jun08)

November 2008

9-12 November: Second International Conference on Religion and Media, Tehran and Qom, Iran, http://www.religion-media.ir/ (Aug08)

17-19 November: Ubiquitous Learning Conference, Illini Center, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, http://www.ULConference.com (Oct08)

24-27 November: Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) conference, Curtin University, Perth WA: http://www.anzcies.org (Jun08)

30 November - 4 December: AARE International Research Conference, Queensland University of Technology Kelvin Grove Campus http://www.aare.edu.au/conf2008/index.htm (Oct08)

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)

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

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

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)

August 2009

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

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.



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