The APRU Indigenous Knowledges Working Group invites you to join the Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series.
This seminar series provide a forum for sharing works-in-progress and networking researchers committed to working with, by, and for Indigenous Peoples and communities from the Asia-Pacific region. In this seminar series, there will be discussions on accepted proposals from Indigenous scholars working in a broad range of academic fields and community contexts, and projects that highlight Indigenous-led methodologies, Indigenous language revitalization, place-based research, teaching, and learning, and related topics.
The seminar series are open to graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars, whether campus- or community-based. All seminar meetings will be held on zoom (webinar format); all seminar participants will need to register in advance to receive materials and links.
Seminars will be held bi-monthly on Fridays from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (Thursday from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST) from mid-April through Mid-June:
|April 29 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (April 28 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)||
Indigenous Design and Property Regimes
Moderator: Ms. Lena Henry, Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland
|May 13 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (May 12 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)||
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence – Indigenous Researchers forging flourishing Indigenous futures
Moderator: Prof. Adrian Little, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), The University of Melbourne
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|May 27 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (May 26 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)||
Moderator: Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya
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|June 10 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (June 9 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)||
Moderator: Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis
|June 24 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (June 23 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)||
Inclusive Education Practice
Moderator: Ms. Celina Solís, Ph.D. candidate, The University of British Columbia
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Please see the Program Schedule and Speaker sections below for more information on each seminar.
Revisit the seminar recordings on YouTube:
- April 29: Indigenous Design and Property Regimes
- May 13: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence – Indigenous Researchers forging flourishing Indigenous futures
- May 27: Reclaiming Indigeneity
- June 10: Unsettling Indigeneity
- June 24: Inclusive Education Practice
APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the seminar series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees. APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the conference.
Speaker biography is listed in the order of seminar meetings order. More speaker biography is coming soon. Stay tuned.
Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), School of Social Sciences and Humanities. I am an indigenous first-generation geographer (Napo Runa) trained in political ecology. I use Amazonian socioenvironmental values such as Sumak Kawsay, The Living Forest, Muntun, Sacha Runa, among others to understand how Amazonian peoples make sense of living in rainforest environments. My research interest includes: indigenous epistemologies, the practice of indigenous knowledge marketization, through the case of market-based instruments for conservation, such as Payments for Ecosystem Services. I also explore the policy of hope; I see the work of indigenous peoples, not as a resistance, but in terms of resurgence and for this, I seek to create pedagogies to gather different worlds and reflect on how to connect between them.
Luke Hespanhol is a Senior Lecturer in Design and Director of the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts at The University of Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on the relationships between people, technology, culture and the environment, addressing fields ranging from digital art, artificial intelligence and robotics, to smart cities, urban interfaces, media architecture, digital placemaking, community engagement and digital inclusion.
Lena Henry’s research interests are concerned with Māori self-determination, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to Aotearoa New Zealand’s planning system. Lena has been working within the planning profession since 1999, primarily working with local government, iwi authorities and community organisations. Her specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests also includes:
- Mātauranga Māori and planning,
- The application of dual urban planning methods
- Planning for diversity, difference and equality
Lena took a lead role in framing and initiating the inaugural session “Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom” in 2020. The general theme of our discussions can be guided by ancestral saying:
Naku te rourou, nau te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket, we shall thrive.
This proverb refers to the benefits of co-operation and collaboration which is central to what we seek to achieve in responding to sustainability issues.
Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora FRSNZ (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Tuhoe, Rongowhakaata) is a Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her specialty interests are in the development of indigenous psychologies to serve the interests and aspirations of indigenous peoples. She has been involved in research about Maori flourishing; Tangi : Māori ways of mourning; traditional body modification; ethnic status as a stressor; Māori identity development; cultural safety and competence; Māori mental health and recovery; social and economic determinants of health; homelessness; relational health; social connectedness; and human flourishing.
Professor Tahu Kukutai FRSNZ (Ngāti Tiipā, Ngāti Kinohaku, Te Aupouri) is a Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence, and Professor of Demography based at Te Ngira – Institute for Population Research. Her research focuses on Māori demography and Indigenous data sovereignty. She has several decades of experience working with hapū and iwi (tribes), doing demographic research that meets their needs, and is working on a whole-of-government response to Māori data govenance.
Prof Jenny Lee-Morgan (Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta, Te Ahiwaru) is the Director of Ngā Wai a te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, Unitec. She is an expert in Māori Education, and kaupapa Māori community-based research. formerly a Māori language teacher, and former Head of Te Puna Wānanga at The University of Auckland. Jenny’s teaching and research has been dedicated to improving Māori educational outcomes. Her co-edited book ‘Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, Research and Practice’ (Hutchings and Lee-Morgan, 2016) presents a kaupapa Māori and decolonized agenda for Māori education.
Dr Mohi Rua (Ngai Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue) is the Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato. He has research interests that include Māori health and inequities; Social determinants of health; Māori culture, heritage and identity; Poverty, the precariat and homelessness; Kaupapa Māori research, theory and methodologies; indigenous psychological perspectives of the interconnected self.
Dr Shaun Awatere (Ngāti Porou) is the Kaihaūtu Māori Research Impact Leader for Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute. His work involves improving the incorporation of Māori values into economic decision-making for collective assets that will enable Māori organisations to make more kaupapa Māori attuned decisions.Shaun and a team of Nga Pae o Te Māramatanga researchers have recently summarised the latest research and guidance surrounding observed and projected climate change impacts on whānau/hapū/iwi and Māori business in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
Ja Yung Kim is from Kanagawa, Japan. After graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo, she did her master’s degree in Ethnic Relations at the University of Bristol. She spent seven years in Okinawa studying and teaching at Meio University. Currently, she is doing her PhD at the University of Auckland and her research topic is on language revitalization movement in Okinawa.
Huiyu Lin is a doctoral student of the Learning Sciences and Human Development program at University of Washington. Huiyu is a first-generation college student born and raised in Cou (Tsou) Tribal Nation’s homeland in Formosa (Taiwan). She is currently living, studying, and learning as a guest in the ancestral homelands of the Duwamish and other Coast Salish Peoples in Seattle, WA. During her time working with schools and communities in Taiwan, Alaska, and Seattle, she has practiced culturally responsive teaching and asset-based approaches that forge connections between schools and students’ homes and communities. Huiyu’s research interest focuses on Indigenous language reclamation and revitalization (ILR2) and its association with Indigenous culture and epistemology, and Indigenous perspectives of wellbeing. She perceives ILR2 as part of the process of reclaiming Taiwan Indigeneity. Huiyu’s inquiry process centers Indigenous points of view and follows decolonizing methodologies that are grounded in Indigenous peoples’ intellectual sovereignty.
Brian Klopotek is associate professor and department head for the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon in the United States. His previous work examines indigeneity and race among nonfederal and federal tribes in Louisiana in the United States, work animated by his own nonfederal Choctaw heritage from there. His current project examines constructions of indigeneity and race relationally in the US and Mexico, drawing on his work with the Choctaw-Apache Tribe in Louisiana and his time as a Fulbright US Studies Chair at Universidad de las Americas-Puebla in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
Karminn C.D. Daytec Yañgot, a Kankana-ey Igorot, is an anthropologist by passion and a development worker by profession. She teaches anthropology at the University of the Philippines Baguio, where she is concurrently earning her PhD in Indigenous Studies.
Her research and development work focus on human rights and structural violence, Indigenous peoples and indigeneity, sustainable communities, political representation, and policy development. On the side, she tends her plants, collects ceramics, and tries her hand at vulnerable writing.
Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea (Dena’ina) is an interdisciplinary musician-scholar whose Indigenous-led and Indigeneity-centered work advances radical and relational ways of being, knowing, and doing to generate more just futures for Indigenous communities. She is a double bassist and vocalist and earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education, a Masters degree in Music History, and a Ph.D. in Musicology. Her book Sound Relations: Native Ways of Doing Music History in Alaska (Oxford University Press, 2021) delves into Inuit musical life across a range of genres—from hip hop to hymnody and drumsongs to funk and R&B—to amplify the significance of sound as integral to Indigenous self-determination and resurgence movements. She currently works as an Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor for the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis.
Elga Andriana is a researcher at the Center for Life Span Development and lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada. She had experiences as a teacher, a school principal and is now working with students and teachers from various schools to implement inclusive education in Indonesia. Her research interest is in inclusive education, children’s voice, children as researchers, and Universal Design for Learning.
Indra Yohanes Kiling is a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Universitas Nusa Cendana. His PhD thesis developed a model to support young children with disabilities in Indonesia. His research interests focus on vulnerable communities living in developing areas, including young children, children with disabilities, and left-behind children.
Dr. Jodie Hunter is a Kuki Airani (Cook Island) New Zealander. She began her career as a primary school teacher before becoming a research fellow in mathematics and statistics at University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. Dr Hunter completed her Ph.D in mathematics education from University of Plymouth. She is currently an Associate Professor at Massey University and a Rutherford Discovery Fellow who co-leads a large-scale professional development project focused on mathematics in schools in New Zealand, Niue, and the Cook Islands. Dr. Hunter’s research interests include culturally sustaining mathematics pedagogy, funds of knowledge in mathematics for Pacific people and social justice and equity in mathematics education.
Celina Solís is an expert on Indigenous Knowledge and Biocultural Diversity conservation. Her research work is focused on expanding Indigenous food sovereignty through traditional cuisine as a way to revitalize responsible people-biodiversity relationships. Originally from Mexico, Celina served as a professor at the Intercultural University of Chiapas (UNICH), sharing teachings and learnings with Indigenous and mestizo students, mainly from Mayan heritages. Celina is a recipient of the Latin American and Caribbean Social Leadership Scholarship awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia in Canada, where she has gained four years of experience supporting the learning process of undergraduate students from all over the globe. Simultaneously, Celina has been working for and with small farmers and Indigenous communities for more than 12 years and looking to continue making these relationships grow.