Workshop contents

Indigenous Advocacy in Australian and Canadian Anthropology

21 – 22 July 2014


Dr Gaynor Macdonald (Unversity of Sydney),

Prof Naomi Adelson (York University)

This workshop will build on a session held at the Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Conference in May 2013 at the University of Victoria, Canada, where themes ranging from working on cultural/historical websites, to Aboriginal activism, to the politics of publishing in unorthodox contexts have been discussed.

This follow-on workshop will pick up on themes and papers from the CASCA session, as well as hear and critique new work. It aims to attract anthropologists and others interested in anthropology, advocacy and activism, both studies of activism as well as anthropologists’ own engagement with activism and advocacy. Our focus is on activism and advocacy with and on behalf of Aboriginal peoples in Australia and Canada.


Issues of interest to explore or challenge:

  • Collaborative/applied research increases in ‘social’ but not in ‘academic’ value.
  • What is ‘the community’ in the context of conflicting or competing Aboriginal groupings?
  • Co-authorship and its challenges
  • Studies of Aboriginal activism: methodologies and framework
  • How Aboriginal activism shapes our own practice
  • How collaborative research affects the relationship between the researches, the university and the collaborators as ‘the society’
  • Politicising the anthropologist: does engagement and commitment constitute bias?
  • Is all anthropology ‘advocacy’?
  • Should justice and equity inform anthropological methodologies?

We invite abstract submissions of no more than 300 words until 4 July 2014. If you wish to submit an abstract, please open the tab “abstract submissions” on the top of the page. Places are limited, so early expressions of interest are vital! The best papers will be chosen for a peer reviewed special journal edition.

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