Director, Centre for Indigenous Education, University of
Dr. Zane Ma Rhea
National Centre for Gender & Cultural Diversity, Swinburne
University of Technology
Interrogating Whiteness in the Process of Reconciliation
This topic is about the need for non-Indigenous people to interrogate
their own oppression rather than always studying and "helping"
Whiteness, for non-Indigenous Australians, is about looking
within rather than without. For too long the problem,, i.e. Aborigines,
has remained an external one. The time has come for Physician,
Heal Thyself", that is to look at Whiteness, rather than
perpetuating the study of Blackness and Otherness.
The presenters will draw on both academic and lived experience,
to make a Two Voices, presentation. One of the presenters, Lillian
Holt, is Indigenous whilst the other, Zane Ma Rhea, is non-Indigenous.
It will be a participatory forum in which people will be asked
to identify themselves, explore their cultural locations and
identities, think about notions of white superiority that might
be embedded in a concept of self, as a precursor to the development
of the conference themes.
60 min Workshop