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 2003 Research Seminars and Colloquia


Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on 26 February, 2003
Research Colloquium 1

Speakers:
Guest speaker: Emeritus Prof Bruce Rigsby, School of Social Sciences, UQ.“Linguistic Methods in Fieldwork.”
Tim O’Rourke “Building mija: a report on fieldwork with Dyirbalngan.” (MPhil research, upgrading to PhD)
Lester Thompson “Aboriginal Housing Need – Who needs it?” (Ongoing PhD research on housing need policy construction)
Allen Grant “Cultural Landscape, Indigenous Knowledge and The Purga Cultural Centre Master Plan.” (M.Arch.St. thesis)
Kevin O’Brien “Towards an Indigenous Architecture Part 3: Project Review 1 – Church on Mer.” (MPhil by Design research) Design critique by Adjunct Professors Rex Addison and John Simpson, and other staff.


Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on 19 March, 2003
Research Colloquium 2

Speakers:
Guest Speaker Mark Moran on "Governance Matters."
In remote Indigenous settlements, economic opportunities found on the coast are almost non-existent. People utilise social capital and subsistence economy to meet many of their needs, but financial resources are limited. Indigenous citizens must also access the allocations of government: from transport to Cairns to managing their land, from community justice to maintaining their home. So, what control then are Indigenous citizens able to exert over government and the resources it allocates? Such matters of governance will be examined with particular reference to Kowanyama and Mapoon. (PhD student, Research Consultant).

Tim O’Rourke “Building mija 2: a further report on fieldwork with Dyirbalngan, North Queensland.” (MPhil research, upgrading to PhD)
Kevin O’Brien “Towards an Indigenous Architecture Part 3: Project Review 1 – Church on Mer.” (MPhil by design research) Design critique by Adjunct Professors Rex Addison and John Simpson, and other staff.


Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on 20 August, 2003
Theme: Current Indigenous Research.

Speakers:
Tim O’Rourke “Dyirbal campsites and Tourism in the Wet Tropics” (MPhil research, upgrading to PhD)
Craig Jones "The Western Yalanji and the Pedersens: A case study in native title agreement-making. Can mediation succeed in a rights-based system?"
Emmanuel Pezres “Another vision of Geoarchitecture (Environmental design) through the example of (visiting French scholar) Australian Aboriginal perception of space.” (PhD research description)
Steve Long “It takes me back down the Carbine: Lineal place complexes of north-west Queensland.” (Chapter of draft PhD Thesis on Aboriginal geography of place)
Kevin O’Brien “Towards an Indigenous Architecture, Projects on Mer (Church, Keeping Place, Elders Meeting Place).” (MPhil by Design research)

Confirmed Guests:
Paul Haar: Melbourne architect, specialist on self-help Aboriginal housing.
Shaneen Fantin: Lecturer at University of S.A.; recent doctorate submitted on Yolngu cultural imperatives (inc. avoidance behaviour) and housing design.
Simon Scally: Build Up Design, Darwin


Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on 1 October, 2003
Research Colloquium 3

Speakers:
Guest presenter, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland Norm Sheehan "Instigating Indigenous Knowledge in Higher Education." [part of the presenter’s PhD findings].

Mark Moran "Participation in Planning and Governance at Kowanyama." [PhD research].
James Davidson "Conversations in Architectural Anthropology." [PhD research on Mayan building practice].


Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on 28 November, 2003
Theme: Current & Recent Doctoral Research.

Speakers:
Guest presenter, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland Norm Sheehan "Instigating Indigenous Knowledge in Higher Education." [part of the presenter’s PhD findings].

Guest presenter Dr Isolde Macatol “The role of housing in the recovery of indigenous groups: a case study of post-disaster resettlement arrangements of disaster-affected groups in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea." (PhD dissertation, with added cases from experiences in Papua New Guinea).

Elizabeth Grant “Moving from the ‘Muirhead Cell’ – Safe, suitable appropriate accommodation for incarcerated Aboriginal peoples in South Australian prisons.” [PhD Research, University of Adelaide].
James Davidson “Conversations in Architectural Anthropology.” [PhD research on Mayan building practice].
Hung Tan Khuat "Traditional Houses in change." [PhD research on Traditional Houses in the Red River Delta, Hanoi University of Architecture]