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This TASA Critical Indigenous Studies Symposium on Indigenous Sociology will showcase the diversity Indigenous sociologists/scholarship.

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The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Critical Indigenous Studies Symposium


Monday 9th August 2021

9.00am to 4.30pm

Refreshments provided


Online Option: via Zoom Webinar (link TBA)

The ‘Critical Indigenous Studies Symposium’ is made possible with the support of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), The Department of Indigenous Studies and The Centre for Global Indigenous Futures. The symposium will showcase Indigenous sociology.

Sociology needs Indigenous scholars. Reflections in recent years have highlighted the paucity of Indigenous Australian perspectives in sociology scholarship. Despite this shortfall, Indigenous sociologists and allies are highly research productive in areas of the sociology of sport, health and wellbeing, politics and policy, intimacy, identity, digital technology, and popular culture.

This Symposium will showcase the breadth and diversity of Indigenous sociologists' scholarship, the scholarship of our allies, and future contributions that will be made by Indigenous sociologists.

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For any queries about this event, please contact:

Tetei Bakic, Departmental Administrator


P: 02 9850 8036


10 am – 11.30am - Panel One:

Sociology as a Discipline and why Indigenous sociology is important:

  • Professor Raewyn Connell - Foundational chair of sociology at Macquarie University in 1976
  • Professor Bronwyn Carlson – Head of Department of Indigenous Studies MQ
  • Professor Sandy O’Sullivan – Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies Q
  • A/Professor Evan Poata-Smith- A/Professor, Indigenous Studies UOW

This panel will be discussing the history and future of sociology and Indigenous participation in the discipline. Each presentation is 15 minutes with 15 mins Q & A

Q & A

11.30am – 12.30pm - Panel Two

The Queer Urban Indigenous City: Understanding the Impacts of the Settler-Colonial State on Urban Indigenous and Two-Spirit Identity

Presented by Souksavanh T Keovorabouth (via Zoom)

The use of technologies in language revitalisation projects and their potential for

Indigenous identity boosting

Presented by Marcela I. Huilcán Herrera (via zoom)

Archaeology and Indigenous Sovereignty in Australia

Presented by Zac Roberts

Q & A


1.30pm – 2.30pm - Panel Three:

Sociology and Heterosexuality: the Coloniality of Sex and Gender

Presented by Madi Day

(Re)Claiming Community: Exploring the experiences of young LGBTIQ+ Indigenous Australians belonging and connectedness with Community

Presented by Corrinne Sullivan, Karen Soldatic, Kim Spurway, Linda Briskman, John Leha, Will Trewlynn

Q & A

3.30pm: Afternoon tea: Tea/coffee cakes in the room

2.30pm- 4pm - Panel Four:

Double-Consciousness and Identity Politics in Australia

Presented by Kath Butler

Transnational Blackness, Indigeneity, and Solidarity in Sydney

Presented by Sarah Graham

Restoring Black/Indigenous relations: An Indigenist sociological analysis on theory for Bla(c)k Indigeneity in the global south

Presented by Kaiya Aboagye

Q & A

4pm-4.30pm Dr Tristan Kennedy - wrap up

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Macquarie University

Balaclava Road

Macquarie Park, NSW 2109


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Organiser Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University

Organiser of Critical Indigenous Sociology

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