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RMIT University Building 10, Level 6 - Garden Building

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Join us for a lively and wide-ranging conversation, from Country to the academy, about what makes 'Indigenous knowledge' and where to next.

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This live and streamed panel discusses a range of projects across community, collaborative and multidisciplinary contexts. Our discussion will consider community-led research and reciprocal outcomes. It will shine a light on the learning journey for non‑Indigenous collaborators and some of the constraints for Indigenous scholars working in colonial knowledge institutions.

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  • 2-3:30pm: In-person Panel Discussion — join the stream if you can't be there
  • 3:30-7pm: Food, drinks & discussion on the Rooftop

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Introducing our panel participants:

Daniel Featherstone recently began at RMIT researching digital inclusion in remote Indigenous communities. He was previously General Manager of First Nations Media Australia from 2012-19 and Archiving Projects Manager to April 2021. He managed Ngaanyatjarra Media from 2001-2010, supporting media and communications programs in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of WA. Daniel has a PhD on evaluation and policy in Indigenous media and communications.

Cathy Greenfield is a teacher–researcher and brings an interdisciplinary, ecologically, politically and economically informed Communication Studies to those dual roles. Her research situates communication artefacts, practices and relations within the politics of how populations are governed and seek to self-govern. As part of a cross-disciplinary team she is researching the use of media technologies to assist cross-cultural engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Olivia Guntarik is a descendent of the Dusun-Murut hilltribes of East Malaysian Borneo. Her research examines cultural models of storytelling through the digital, performative and deep ecology. She is a practice-based researcher and member of RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre.

Megan Kelleher is a Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Predoctoral Fellow in the School of Media and Communication. She is a core member of DERC and a PhD member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society (ADM+S). Her thesis is investigating whether the affordances of blockchain technology are culturally appropriate for Indigenous governance and decision making. Grounded in her Barada/Baradha and Gabalbara/Kapalbara heritage, the research will be approached from an Indigenous standpoint, contributing to the field from an important Australian research perspective.

Neil Morris is a Yorta Yorta musician and PhD Candidate at RMIT. His research centres on heavily-impacted colonial regions in south-eastern Australia and First Nations globally with similar experiences. He is interested in how creativity shapes culture, identity and belonging in the ongoing work of archival remembrance and song keeping.

Lyndon Ormond-Parker of Alyawarra descent from the Barkly tablelands region of the Northern Territory. A cultural heritage expert with significant experience in repatriation, archives, information technologies, materials conservation, heritage, and policy. Ormond-Parker has held numerous positions across universities, organisations, government committees and boards. He is a Principal Research Fellow with the Mapping Digital Inclusion and Media Use in Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, RMIT University.

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Organiser RMIT University Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC)

Organiser of Making Space for Indigenous Research

The Digital Ethnography Research Centre DERC focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out. DERC excels in both academic scholarship and in our applied work with external partners from industry and other sectors.


DERC approaches this world and how we experience it, through innovative, reflexive and ethical ethnographic approaches, developed through anthropology, media and cultural studies, design, arts and documentary practice and games research.


Our research is incisive, interventional and internationally leading. Going beyond the call of pure academia we combine academic scholarship with applied practice to produce research, analysis and dissemination projects that are innovative, and based on ethnographic insights.


DERC partners and collaborates with a range of institutions in Australia and globally, including other universities, companies and other organisations. This includes collaborative research projects, conferences symposia and workshops, and international visits, fellowships and publications.

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