Call for Papers: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research Symposium

Call for Papers, full details PDF

Our inaugural Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research Symposium will provide a forumnfor presentations on current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research by staff and graduate students of The University of Melbourne across all schools, centres and departments. Such research will include presentations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars in any field, as well as work by researchers of all backgrounds who are working on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics.

The Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, including graduate students, to present their research proposals or findings, and to establish networks with other researchers within The University of Melbourne. Leaders of research projects may wish to co-­‐present with their students. Submissions on interdisciplinary research across all faculties and disciplines are encouraged. The inaugural one-­‐day Symposium will highlight research that may bring (or is already bringing) benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Murrup Barak (the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development), Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, The Lowitja Institute (National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research) and the Centre for Excellence in Tobacco Control, in association with the Indigenous Graduate Student Association and Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, are pleased to announce this inaugural Research Symposium.

All intending presenters must submit a 150-­‐word abstract by
Friday 16th September 2011. Presentation options are: A full 10-­‐minute paper (plus 5 minutes of discussion) OR A 3-­‐minute presentation. The Symposium Committee will review all abstracts. It may not be possible to meet all requests for full papers, in which case a 3-­‐minute presentation or possibly a poster presentation may be suggested.

The Symposium will start at 9.30am (with registration opening at 9am) and conclude by 4pm, to enable people to attend the annual Narrm Oration the same evening 3rd November. The Narrm Oration is an annual event profiling Indigenous thinkers from across the globe. All Symposium participants are encouraged to attend the Oration).


1. Fill in the Presenter Details and Presentation Proposal Forms (including presentation
title, abstract and primary presenter bio).
2. Save the file using the primary presenter’s surname, eg “Smith_Symposium Proposal.dco”.
3. Send an email to Elijah Louttit attaching the proposal
4. The email subject heading should include the primary presenter’s surname, eg “Smith Symposium Proposal”.

After reviewing all submissions, the Symposium Committee will advise those selected, including the type of session allocated. More information regarding guidelines for presenters and technology issues will be provided at that time.

For more information please contact the Symposium Event Manager, Elijah Loutitt:

Phone: 0431 327 133 Email:

Or alternatively Penelope Smith, Symposium Event Support:
Phone: 0447-­‐414-­‐469


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