University of Western Sydney Institute for Culture and Society HDR event

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The ICS HDR event presents the opportunity to take part in a discussion on cross-cultural research
practices. My contribution will outline the need to engage with First Nation communities and their
aspirations with an emphasis on a “nothing about us, without us” approach that stresses cultural
respect and reciprocity. Reclaiming both traditional and contemporary knowledge and ways of doing
affords both First Nations and non-Indigenous researchers with opportunities to conduct research in
an agreed third space. This domain is theorised as a meeting place in which First nations and nonIndigenous participants produce new, blended understandings of knowledge. It is a shared space
containing legitimate perspectives, informed awareness of alternative cultures, and a vessel that
provides the necessary knowledge that is relevant to communities. I will be using anecdotes from my
Ph.D. and a more recent research projects. Standpoint theory will be broadly introduced as a
method to develop a researcher’s ability to be reflexive about cultural norms (what is usually done)
and assumptions in cross-cultural research (why we practice in this way), in order to be culturally
responsive to First Nations worldviews. A framework to monitor how researchers can competently
exchange and respect knowledge and perspectives will be outline followed by a panel/ Q&A
Period11 Aug 2022
Event typeConference
LocationSydney, Australia, New South WalesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional