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Visiting Scholars Program

The University of Tasmania acknowledges the importance of Indigenous academics and allies engaging students, staff and the Tasmanian community in robust intellectual conversation through the Visiting Scholars Program. The program attracts Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and allies, as well and International Indigenous academics to share their research, expertise and knowledge. To date, a number of influential Indigenous academics have undertaken public lectures, yarning sessions with Aboriginal students, staff and community members and workshops. These include:

  • Professor John Maynard - Yuraki: An Aboriginal Reflection on History and its Practice
  • Professor Siv Kvernmo, MD & Siv Eirin Nilsen, MD - Sami Health and Sociodemographics
  • Uncle Jimmy Everett - Learning to Understand
  • Dr Michele Suina - Indigenous Health and Tribal Epidemiology
  • Dr Michael Stevens, Dr Emma Hyeth & Dougie Mansell - Maori and Tasmanian Aboriginal Mutton Birding Yarning Circle
  • Associate Professor Gregory Phillips - From White Supremacy to Treaty, Self-determination and Sovereignty - Essential Steps on the Way to Freedom
  • Professor Bob Morgan - Aboriginal Self-determination in the Decision-Making Process in the Higher Education Sector and the Wider Community
  • Professor Mark Rose - The Rise of the Black Academy
  • Harlen Pruden - Two-Spirit Activism and Social Justice
  • Professor Michelle Trudgett - Higher Degree by Research Workshop
  • Professor Lyndall Ryan (non-Indigenous) - Mapping the Massacres: exposing Australia's colonial frontier
    Please find the recording of Lyndall Ryan's lecture here

To find out more information please contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership

Japanangka errol West Lecture Series

The Japanangka errol West Lecture Series is held annually during NAIDOC week. The lecture series celebrates and honours the life and work of the late Japanangka errol West, an internationally recognised poet and scholar. Japanangka errol was a leading Tasmanian Aboriginal academic, the initiator of Aboriginal Studies within higher education in Tasmania and is known for his scholarship in the field of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies. His PhD thesis (2000) articulated the Japanangka, Australian Aboriginal teaching and research paradigm, a paradigm which was based on knowledge entrusted to him by Walpiri Elder, Japanangka Rex Granites. Drawing on eight life dimensions, this model incorporates an understanding of the learning journey paths critical to the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Western education activities.

Previous lectures have been given by:

  • 2021 TBA
  • 2020 - 'The tragedy of the inarticulate': exploring resistance and desire  for Indigenous knowledge as a source of theory' by Dr. Sana Nakata
  • 2019 - 'Coyote Made the Rivers' by Dr. Chad Hamill
  • 2018 - 'The Scholar as the Educator: The Educator as the Disruptor' by Professor Marcia Langton
  • 2017 - 'Indigenous Research Methodologies' by Distinguished Professor Linda Tuhani Smith, Distinguished Professor Graham Smith and Professor Huia Tomlins-Jahnke
  • 2016 - 'Pedagogy of Aloha - Trusting in our Native Traditions' by Dr. Kū Kahakalau
  • 2015 - 'Memory and Presence in Native America Today' by Associate Professor Scott Manning Stevens

Indigenous Cultural and Education Exchange

*Due to Covid19 travel  restrictions  this program is currently on hold*

Each year 5 high achieving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students are selected to undertake a student exchange program to Northern Arizona University (NAU), the University of Arizona (UA) and Thompson Rivers University. Students will spend approximately 3 weeks undertaking classes, lectures, and tutorials as well as cultural exchange activities within the Universities and 'on-country'. The first Northern Arizona University student visit to the University of Tasmania was in July 2015. The aims of the program are to:

  • challenge & inspire UTAS Indigenous students through international exchange opportunities;
  • facilitate links into international Indigenous scholarly communities & networks;
  • expose students to the wider global field of Indigenous studies & scholarship;
  • provide opportunities for high level, educationally linked, cultural exchange.

Calls for expressions of Interest for the Indigenous Cultural and Education Exchange Program go out in semester 2 of each year.

Latest exchange Video:

Arizona & Canada 2020 - Cultural Exchange

Indigenous Cultural & Educational Exchange Program Videos