Indigenous Studies Group

The Indigenous Studies Group (ISG) is a broad network of Swinburne academic and general staff and higher degree research students that are engaging with Indigenous Studies.

It was established in May 2016 to develop and support Indigenous Studies at Swinburne. It aims to foster Indigenous Studies teaching, research, engagement and community collaborations.

Seminar Series


11 April: Researching and Working with Indigenous Communities, presented by Dr Andrew Peters, Dr Emma Lee, Dr Justin Trounson and Professor Andrew Gunstone

28 May: Indigenous Online Learners Experience, presented by Ash Francisco

19 November: Caring for Country inside the Illegal Clearing, presented by Mat Jakobi


24 April:  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Initiatives, presented by Dr Justin Trounson

1 June: The rapidly growing world of Indigenous Astronomy, presented by Dr Duane Hamacher and Krystal De Napoli

4 December: Reconciliation Action Plans – Origins, Trends and Innovations, presented by Charlotte Lloyd


9 March: Indigenous Studies Projects Showcase, presented by Professor Josie Arnold, Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek, Dr Karen Hughes, Dr Andrew Peters and Dr Justin Trounson

2 June: How do Indigenous Australians read the stars, presented by Dr Duane Hamacher

31 August: Indigenous staff and students at Swinburne, presented by Professor Andrew Gunstone and Dr Justin Trounson

14 September: Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period, presented by Professor Javier Mujeto


2 June: Indigenous Research, presented by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

26 July: Indigenous Knowledge Hub, presented by Professor Josie Arnold

23 September: The Dark Side of Indigenous Enterprise, presented by Professor Dennis Foley

1 December: Indigenous Research Ethics, presented by Andrew Peters and Professor Andrew Gunstone 


To join the Indigenous Studies Group or for further information, please contact:

Dr Sadie Heckenberg
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow
Moondani Toombadool Centre