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Klu Klux UQ or how the University of Queensland is making universities and schools less “white”: 


The School of Political Science and International Studies

Annual Forum

How white is your university?

The challenges and opportunities of embedding indigenous knowledge in the curriculum: the early stages 

The School of Political Science and International Studies Knowledge institutions are increasingly responding to calls to recognise, embed, and advance Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in higher education teaching and research. Australian universities have begun to adopt policies on IK, in some cases alongside Reconciliation Action Plans and other engagement initiatives. These developments are in turn connected with broader questions about diversity, globalisation and responsiveness to difference in higher education in the early 21st Century.

Marketeers will exploit the advertising opportunities presented by IK, but this belies a series of challenging questions that will be with us for the foreseeable future. How should we go about the difficult work of unpicking the deeply colonial relationships that permeate our universities and ways of knowing? Is embedding IK necessarily bound with social justice issues? What are the most fruitful lines of endeavour? What are the pitfalls? 

The annual forum hosted by the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies aims to discuss and address these questions. A panel of invited guests will deliver short presentations, followed by an open forum and then discussions over sandwiches, tea and coffee. 

Date: October 20, 2010, 12pm – 2pm 

Source: University of Queensland (pdf) conference flyer

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