Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series

Seminars will be held bi-weekly on Fridays from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (Thursday from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST) from mid-April through Mid-June.

Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series

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.

Seminar Format

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.

Seminar Dates/Times/Themes

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

Presenters:

  • Dr. Fredy Grefa, Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
  • Dr. Luke Hespanhol, Senior Lecturer in Design, The University of Sydney

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

Presenter:

  • Prof. Linda Waimarie Nikora FRSNZ, Professor Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence, The University of Auckland
  • Prof. Tahu Kukutai FRSNZ, 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
  • Prof. Jenny Lee-Morgan, Director of Ngā Wai a te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, UNITEC Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Mohi Rua, Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, The University of Waikato
  • Dr. Shaun Awatere, Kaihaūtu Māori Research Impact Leader for Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute

Moderator: Prof. Adrian Little, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), The University of Melbourne

Presentation Slides from:

May 27 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (May 26 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST) Reclaiming Indigeneity

Presenters:

  • Ms. Ja Yung Kim, PhD student, University of Auckland
  • Ms. Huiyu Lin, PhD Candidate, University of Washington

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) Unsettling Indigeneity

Presenters:

  • Prof. Brian Klopotek, Associate Professor, University of Oregon
  • Ms. Karminn Cheryl Dinney Daytec Yañgot, Teaching Fellow / PhD student, University of the Philippines

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

Presenters:

  • Dr. Elga Andriana, Researcher, Lecturer/Dr, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr. Indra Yohanes Kiling, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Universitas Nusa Cendana
  • Prof. David Evans, Professor of Special and Inclusive Education, The University of Sydney
  • Prof. Jodie Hunter, Associate Professor, Massey University

Moderator: Ms. Celina Solís, Ph.D. candidate, The University of British Columbia

Presentation Slides from:

Please see the Program Schedule and Speaker sections below for more information on each seminar.

Recordings

Revisit the seminar recordings on YouTube:

 

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.

Speakers

Speaker biography is listed in the order of seminar meetings order. More speaker biography is coming soon. Stay tuned.

Dr. Fredy Grefa
Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

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.

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Dr. Luke Hespanhol
Senior Lecturer in Design, The University of Sydney

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.

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Ms. Lena Henry (Moderator)
Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland

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.

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Prof. Linda Waimarie Nikora FRSNZ
Professor Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence, The University of Auckland

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.

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Prof. Tahu Kukutai FRSNZ
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

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.

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Prof. Jenny Lee-Morgan
Director of Ngā Wai a te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, UNITEC Institute of Technology

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.

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Dr. Mohi Rua
Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, The University of Waikato

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.

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Dr. Shaun Awatere
Kaihaūtu Māori Research Impact Leader for Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute

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.

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Ms. Ja Yung Kim
PhD student, University of Auckland

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.

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Ms. Huiyu Lin
PhD Candidate, University of Washington

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.

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Prof. Brian Klopotek
Associate Professor, University of Oregon

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.

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Ms. Karminn Cheryl Dinney Daytec Yañgot
Teaching Fellow / PhD student, University of the Philippines

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.

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Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea (Moderator)
Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis

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.

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Dr. Elga Andriana
Researcher, Lecturer/Dr, Universitas Gadjah Mada

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.

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Dr. Indra Yohanes Kiling
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Universitas Nusa Cendana

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.

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Prof. David Evans
Professor of Special and Inclusive Education, The University of Sydney

David Evans is Professor of Special and Inclusive Education at the University of Sydney. He teaches in pre-service teacher education and postgraduate in-service programs in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. His research interests address attitudes and self-efficacy towards educational practises that support learning by all students in a range of schooling contexts. He has a specific interest in the application of the Universal Design for Learning framework.

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Prof. Jodie Hunter
Associate Professor, Massey University

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.

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Ms. Celina Solís (Moderator)
Ph.D. candidate, The University of British Columbia

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.

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Program Schedule

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, 2022
May 13, 2022
May 27, 2022
June 10, 2022
June 24, 2022

Indigenous Design and Property Regimes

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Fredy Grefa, Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Title: “Indigenous Property Regimes:”
Planes de Vida, Napo Runa Ontologies, and the Unsettling of Property-as-Dispossession

 

Dr. Luke Hespanhol, Senior Lecturer in Design, The University of Sydney
Title: Towards a Framework for Designing Technology with Country

 

Moderator: Ms. Lena Henry, Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland

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Title: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence – Indigenous Researchers forging flourishing Indigenous futures

 

Presenter:

  • Prof. Linda Waimarie NikoraFRSNZ, Professor Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence, The University of Auckland
  • Prof. Tahu Kukutai FRSNZ, 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
  • Prof. Jenny Lee-Morgan Morgan, Director of Ngā Wai a te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre, UNITEC Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Mohi Rua, Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, The University of Waikato
  • Dr. Shaun Awatere, Kaihaūtu Māori Research Impact Leader for Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute

 

Moderator: The University of Melbourne

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Reclaiming Indigeneity

 

Presenters:

 

Ms. Ja Yung Kim, PhD student, University of Auckland
Title: What it means to be “indigenous people” in today’s Okinawa

 

Ms. Huiyu Lin, Graduate Student, University of Washington
Title: Taiwan Indigeneity and Indigenous Language Reclamation

 

Moderator: Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya

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Unsettling Indigeneity

 

Presenters:

 

Prof. Brian Klopotek, Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Title: The Gulf Between Us: Representing Indigeneity and Race in National Cultures

 

Ms. Karminn Cheryl Dinney Daytec Yañgot, Teaching Fellow / PhD student, University of the Philippines
Title: Of incommensurabilities and unsettling contexts: Indigeneity in the Philippines

 

Moderator: Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis

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Inclusive Education Practice

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Elga Andriana, Researcher, Lecturer/Dr, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Dr. Indra Yohanes Kiling, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Universitas Nusa Cendana

Prof. David Evans, Professor of Special and Inclusive Education, The University of Sydney

 

Prof. Jodie Hunter, Associate Professor, Massey University
Title: Exploring the mathematical funds of knowledge of young Pacific people using Tivaevae research methodology

 

Moderator: Ms. Celina Solís, Ph.D. candidate, The University of British Columbia

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