The annual David Unaipon Lecture forms a part of the Contemporary Australian Studies Fellowship programme between KCL & UniSA. Professor Irene Watson will be the speaker for this year’s Unaipon Lecture
The recognition of Indigenous peoples has been a subject of vigorous debate in international law and relations for more than five centuries. In contemporary times, it remains unresolved. This irresolution persists even though the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) sets out minimum standards for Indigenous rights.
In this insightful lecture, Professor Watson explores the historic and contemporary relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous and examines how those relations continue to be shaped by the dynamics of colonial power – dynamics that centre western knowledge and understandings.
How might the resulting power imbalances be redressed? Might an approach which re-centres Aboriginal knowledge and ways of being, become a way forward?