An ethnography of changes in child rearing over time in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands: Implications for policy development on health in early childhood
This study was inspired by the ethnographic classic Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes (1992). The methodology used for the study in the Ngaanyatjarra context is participant observation and in-depth interviews with 16 women who bore their children from the 1960’s to 2007. The themes explored are how successive generations have nurtured and fed their children, and their aspirations for their children’s future.
Assisting and supporting Aboriginal Australians following critical incidents and trauma: Can Psychological First Aid be suitably adapted to meet the needs of Aboriginal communities?
Psychological First Aid (PFA) has emerged internationally as the crisis intervention of choice in the wake of critical incidents, trauma and mass disaster. The literature abounds with PFA definitions, its applicability and usefulness. However, a systematic review of PFA conducted on behalf of the World Health Organisation (Bisson & Lewis, 2009) identified considerable debate regarding how best to respond to the psychosocial needs of people affected by traumatic events and critical incidents.
There have been a number of well-intentioned media and communications programs rolled out by the Australian Government in recent years that have imposed one-size-fits-all solutions onto remote Indigenous Australia. I will look at a number of these programs - including NBN, digital switchover, Indigenous television and the National Jobs Package - and describe the impact of the delivery model for remote Indigenous people.
Language as emblem and language as means of communication: The significance for language and educational policies
This paper discusses the differences between languages as emblems and as means of communication. It considers the importance of these differences for policy, for interpreting census figures on which policies are based, and for implementations of policy, including distribution of funds.
The Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) is a regional substance misuse prevention project based at Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs. Now in its eleventh year, CAYLUS has been involved in the development and rollout of Opal fuel as a supply reduction measure to counter petrol sniffing, and in the implementation of community based youth development programs to improve quality of life for young people in Central Australia. In this seminar, Tristan Ray will discuss the influence of qualitative research in the work and direction of the service.
With the current policy focus on disability, it is important to know as much as possible about the distribution of disability within the Indigenous population and how this compares to the non-Indigenous population. This presentation is based on a CAEPR Census Series paper on Disability co-authored with Professor Matthew Gray and Mandy Yap.
Observing CDEP as a program and in various remote localities over thirty years, I have come to think of its greatest strength as the creation of a sociology of work. The sheds and crafty classrooms of my title are the most usual public places where I have observed Aboriginal men and women CDEP participants respectively undertaking this and its replacement by the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP), will these sheds of activity and routine live on in some form of after-life, or will they and their sociology of work become another instance of loss for Aboriginal people and commun
Assessing the quality of proposed Indigenous economic and social policies: A checklist methodology for evaluation
My aim in this seminar and in the research upon which it is based is to stimulate discussion that will help people interested in social policy to develop a more transparent, structured and sophisticated approach to ex ante policy evaluation. (Ex ante policy evaluation is assessing the likely merit and/or worth of a policy before it is implemented.) This might be done as part of the policy development process (e.g. when we are invited to review and comment upon a consultation draft of a new policy), or in assessing newly-promulgated policies.
School of History Seminar Series 2013 - Sites of Segratation/Sites of Memory: Remembrance and 'Race'in Australia
This paper considers the interplay between Aboriginal people’s remembrances about race relations in rural mid-twentieth century Australia and the 'frames of memory' provided by the US civil rights movement.
As the France-led counter-insurgency campaign unfolds, this talk will detail Mali’s urgent political challenges ahead. Transcending the poisonous form of governance established in the last decade between Mali’s central authorities and its northern region will be the most arduous task. Many years of governance by proxy militias culminating in violent direct confrontation and nine months of
This seminar includes a brief overview of the economic pre-history of Australia and the experiences of first contact between Aboriginal society and the outside world. While such contact did involve some positive aspects, including cultural and economic exchange, the spread of disease and frontier conflict and the contestation of the possession of land had catastrophic consequences for the initial inhabitants of the continent in the early colonial period.
The newly established ANU History Learning Community is holding its first ever event, a Meet and Greet Night.
What role does the bio-physical environment have on human emotional wellbeing and, conversely, what role does human emotion have on the environmental management?
The Middle East is in a state of flux. Popular movements are confronting establishments leading to domestic strife and violence in some countries. The political landscape of the region is in profound transition. Ideological clashes within and between States are driven by nationalism, religion, quest for reforms and democracy, and social unrest. These developments are representing challenges and new opportunities, not only for the countries and peoples involved, but also – given the centrality of the Middle East in global politics – for the international community at large.
James Hevia, Visitor, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
School of History Seminar Series 2013 - Slow Catastrophes: how did farmers and agricultural communities survive drought in Australia?
School of History Seminar Series 2013 - J.C Byrne, Entrepreneurial Imperialism and the Question of Indigenous Rights
The Gallipoli Peninsula stands as one of the earliest theatres of joint military operations in the modern era. At Gallipoli, both the Allies and the Ottomans employed their naval, land and air power assets in pursuit of a decisive victory. The campaign, which opened with a naval assault to force a quick capitulation of the Ottoman Empire, turned into a massive land campaign as a result of the allied amphibious landing. However, the naval assault failed, and degenerated into a war of attrition waged increasingly by submarines and aircraft to the end of World War I.