Aboriginal Methodologies: Ways of Seeing, Knowing and Doing

Presented in partnership with UTS

Join this inspiring panel of Aboriginal researchers, authors and thinkers to consider the use of Aboriginal methodologies, or Aboriginal ways of seeing, knowing and doing, and their impact on the cultural landscape. The panel draws on the leading research at University of Technology, Sydney, and includes Professor Larissa Behrendt (Eualeyai/ Kamillaroi), Jason De Santolo (Garrwa/Barunggam) and Alison Whittaker (Gomeroi).

Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney and a lawyer. She has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws and a Senior Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT and NSW. Larissa has been actively involved with arts organisations and with the creative industries. She is a board member of the Sydney Festival and a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council. Larissa has created a number of film works and is an award-winning author. Her most recent publication is Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling.

Jason De Santolo is a Garrwa and Barunggam man. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Research Masters.Over the past 15 years he has been exploring collaborative research/media practices for communicating sustainable autonomy with a focus on video and new media. He shoots and edits video as part of his evolving research practice and as a creative producer he has directed, produced & collaborated on various cutting edge projects in Australia & Aotearoa/NZ. Jason is currently heading Jumbunna Research New Media and the orientating of integrative research and strategic litigation approaches within holistic communication practices.

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi author from Gunnedah, New South Wales. Her work focusses on Indigenous peoples and the law, Indigenous epistemologies and gender and sexuality under colonialism. Alison works as a Research Assistant for the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges and for the UTS Faculty of Law. Alison is also an emerging essayist and poet – her debut book, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, was released by Magabala Press in 2016 and received the State Library of Queensland’s 2015 kuril dhagun writer’s fellowship. Prior to this, Alison worked with Gendered Violence Research Network, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and Aboriginal Legal Service.