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Return of the Native Conference at ANU

Source: ANU

Return of the Native: Contestation, Collaboration and Co-authorship in Museum Spaces

A two-day international symposium on Indigenising museum spaces – focusing on the historical and contemporary impact of Indigenous agents, collections and ideas on museum practice today.

Date & time
9.30am 18 June – 5pm 19 June 2015

Sir Roland Wilson Building #120
McCoy Circuit, ANU Campus


Thursday 18 June – Sir Roland Wilson Building – Conference Room (1.02)

9.30-9.45 Welcome to Country Paul House
9.45-10.30 Alec Coles, CEO, Western Australian Museum Key note address: Aboriginal Agency and the New Museum Project
10.30-11.00 Margo Neale
Executive Indigenous Advisor &
Senior Indigenous Curator
National Museum of Australia
Blak to the future: Songlining Museum Spaces
11.00-11.15 Morning Tea


NOTE: The following session will be held upstairs in Seminar Room (3.02)

11.15-11.45 John Carty
Research Fellow
Research School of Humanities & the Arts
Australian National University
Curating the Curators: some reflections on the politics and poetics of ‘consultations’
11.45-12.15 Cressida Fforde, Steve Hemming, Daryle Rigney, Lyndon Ormond-Parker and Major Sumner
National Centre for Indigenous Studies
Australian National University
Understanding Indigenous Agency in the Context of Repatriation
12.15-12.45 Catherine Massola
PhD Candidate
School of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Australian National University
The Warmun Community Collection: Dissonance and Silence
12.45-1.45 Lunch
1.45-2.15 Una Rey
Independent Curator & Lecturer,
The School of Creative Arts,
University of Newcastle
The Brindle Baby: intercultural collaboration and influence in visual arts practice
2.15-2.45 Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Artist, Research Fellow, University of Oxford &
Julie Gough, Artist, Writer, Curator

The Importance of Being Anachronistic


2.45-3.15 Kim Mahood
Artist, Writer
Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Minefield or Fertile Ground?
3.15-3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30-4.00 Djon Mundine OAM
Art Activist, Independent Curator, Scholar
Looking Black in Anger – 30 years on the front line of Aboriginal Art
4.00-4.30 Terry Smith
Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and TheoryHenry Clay Frick
Dept. of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Exhibiting Indigeneity
4.30-5.00 Special Event: Launch of Artlink’s annual Indigenous issue – guest edited by Daniel Browning and Djon Mundine Artlink: Indigenous Global
5.00-6.00 Drinks


Friday 19 June Sir Roland Wilson Building – Conference Room (1.02), and the National Museum of Australia

9.30-10.15 Dawn Casey
Former Director of the National Museum of Australia, Western Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum
Key note: A personal reflection – 30 years in the service of Indigenous agency and ideas
10.15-10.45 David Garneau
Head, Visual Arts
University of Regina, Canada
Indigenous Aesthetic Sovereignty and Compromise in Non-Indigenous Display Spaces
10.45-11.00 Morning Tea
11.00-11.30 Chanel Clarke
Curator, Māori
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, New Zealand

Indigenous Agency at Auckland Museum- Within and Outside the Walls



11.30-12.00 Hikitia Harawira
Collection Manager, Taonga Maori
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, New Zealand
 Giving them back their Mana
12.00-1.00 Lunch @National Museum of Australia (NMA) cafe
1.00-2.00 National Museum of Australia Tour of Gallery of First Australians  and Open Collections
2.00-2.30 Crispin Howarth
Curator Pacific Arts
National Gallery of Australia
Indigenous Protocols in Practice: a curator’s perspective
2.30-3.00 Anna Edmundson
Research Fellow
Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies
Sir Roland Wilson Building
Australian National University
What if museums weren’t western? A case study from PNG
3.00-3.15 Afternoon Tea
3.15-3.45 Diana James
Senior Research Associate & Coordinator; Songlines of the Western Desert ARC
College of Arts and Social Sciences
Australian National University
Songlines Dust Storm – community controversy engulfs museum
3.45-4.15 Ian McLean
Research Professor of Contemporary Art
University of Wollongong
Inter-relational agency: a new theory of Aboriginal art
4.15-5.00 Laurajane Smith
Head, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies
School of Archaeology and Anthropology
Australian National University
Return of the Native: Key points and future issues
5.00 – 6.00 Drinks