Public Seminar: First Nations knowledge and wisdom; opportunities for recognition and sharing through academia.

Join us online for a special conversation with leading scholars to discuss First Nations knowledge and wisdom in research, as well as key opportunities for recognition and sharing through academia.

In this conversation, leading First Nations academics and graduates will discuss the role of universities in recognising, celebrating and connecting with Indigenous knowledge and wisdom in all its forms. While the challenges are significant, the opportunities are great. How might we navigate these complex relationships together? In this session we invite panellists to present their vision for how the future of First Nations and universities together may become shared and mutually enriching. Speakers will be in conversation with our moderator, Professor Quentin Grafton, and will take questions from our online audience. 

Event details

1 December, 12:30-1:30


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Moderator: Professor Quentin Grafton

Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics and Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance. He is an Australian Laureate Fellow (2020-25), convenes the Water Justice Hub and is the Executive Editor of the Global Water Forum. His collaborative research, as part of the IWF, is focused on water valuation and water planning in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin.

Panellist: Dr Virginia Marshall

Virginia is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the Australian National University's School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society. She is a practising lawyer and duty solicitor, a former associate & researcher with the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney and professional member of the NSW Law Society and Women Lawyers Association of NSW. Former Senior Legal Officer of the Australian Law Reform Commission and inquiry into 'Family Violence & Commonwealth Laws: Improving Legal Frameworks' (ALRC 117), Executive Officer of the NSW Government's 'Aboriginal Water Trust' and criminal defence lawyer with NSW Legal Aid.

Panellist: Miss Hmalan Hunter-Xénié

Hmalan is of Iwaidja/Tiwi and Kaytej/Warlpiri descent (Northern Territory, Australia) and Drehu descent (Lifou, New Caledonia). She is the coordinator of the Aboriginal Research Practitioners’ Network (ARPNet) hosted by Charles Darwin University. Her recent Honours research was a collaborative project between ARPNet and ANUs Fenner School. She will present findings from her thesis relating to the ‘USMOB’ research action plan and, its role in strengthening Aboriginal-led land and water research on-Country.

Panellist: Dr Willian Fogarty

Dr Bill Fogarty has lived and worked in remote communities for over 15 years and has extensive experience in research on Indigenous education, employment policy and service provision. He has qualifications in anthropology, communications, social research methods, education and applied development. He has worked on projects with a diverse range of organisations concerned with Indigenous Australia such as the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, the Northern Land Council and the Northern Territory Government. He has been a recipient of an Australian Research Council scholarship and has conducted research on Indigenous policy development, employment, education, land and sea management and equitable service provision. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the ANU and is currently a Research Associate at the National Centre for Indigneous Studies.

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