AARE Seminar Series - Number three - Professor Peter Anderson

Wed, Aug. 5, 2020 16:00:00 — 17:00:00


Higher education and the  colonial project: Rights­based leadership and change

Professor Peter Anderson

The growth of Indigenous academic participation in Australian universities is irrefutably important. A sense of urgency to maximise participation in the sector is shared by the federal government through policy drivers linked to Indigenous student support program (ISSP) funding (Scullion, 2017) and Universities Australia's (UA) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy 2017-2020 (Universities Australia, 2017). More recently, it is also shared by commissioning the Department of Education and Training (DET) of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) Aboriginal Corporation to review the higher education sector its final report, Accelerating Indigenous Higher Education (NATSIHEC, 2018).
In this AARE seminar, I will discuss that while this sense of urgency is commendable, the challenge lies in moving towards a proactive and meaningful engagement with Indigenous Australia and to move beyond the current situation, which would indicate from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoint, that the colonial project of education in Australia is alive and well.

About the Presenter

Professor Peter J Anderson is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Terrrtory His research theorises the understandings of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities and also more broadly in the polar south He researches in the areas of organisational leadership, Indigenous peoples' education and teacher and academic professional development
Professor Anderson is the Executive Director of QUT's Carumba Institute, which aims to transform both Indigenous research and Indigenous education Central to his role are training and employment­enhancing initiatives and fostering engagement and partnerships that matter to Indigenous people and communities through the Institute

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