Dean's Keynote Series: October 2020. Enacting Indigenous perspectives in Schools of Education, with Professor Tracy Bunda

Professor Tracey Bunda, 'Enacting Indigenous perspectives; Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Knowledges in Schools of Education-Nagaribawa Gnaneeba Jugu' - click here to view recording


The university as a site of white knowledge production and dissemination is well understood and experienced by Indigenous peoples, whether as students, as staff and as members of community. In Faculty of Education, where policy imperatives are situated alongside national professional standards for teachers and the Indigenous Education Strategic directions of Universities Australia, enactment of Indigenous curriculum perspectives, Indigenous Studies: Knowledges is varied. The Address considers these variations and causation, doing so through a critical theoretical lens that unpacks white/Indigenous positionalities and relationalities. Acknowledging that hard conversations are to be had, the Address extends to a dialogic for participants to engage further.


Professor Tracey Bunda is a Ngugi and Wakka Wakka woman and Head of Academic Programs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. Her career in universities expands over 3 decades during which time she has held senior Indigenous leadership roles which have focused on the building the profile of Indigenous education. Tracey’s research interests are informed by critical theoretical approaches for understanding how the intersection of race and power manifest in white institutions, storying as methodology and the agentic role of Indigenous women in Indigenous community uplift.

Her recent publications address Indigenising the Higher Degree Doctoral Space, with colleagues Catherine Manathunga, Michael Sing and Jing Qi, and How to Make a School Less White, with colleague Melitta Hogarth.

Tracey proudly mentors the next generation of young Indigenous people to embody excellence as an Ancestral tradition of Indigenous cultural continuity. She has recently provided the Keynote Address, On Reflection and Two Questions Will Remain for the Australian Association for Research in Education 2019 Conference. She is also a Board member of the Hymba Yumba Independent School, Springfield.

Time for Q and A will follow Tracy's keynote presentation.

Date: Tuesday 27th October

Time: 3.30 - 5.00pm (QLD), 4.30 - 6:00pm (NSW)

Date and time

From: 03:30 PM Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 3:30 PM - QLD time To: 05:00 PM Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:00 PM - QLD time