The 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference will look at how far we have come in the area of Indigenous studies in Australia in the past 50 years. It will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) as well as 50 years of leadership and excellence in Indigenous studies by AIATSIS.

The conference will be held from Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 March 2014 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, with a welcome reception on 25 March on the grounds outside the AIATSIS building.

The conference will bring together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organisations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Whether your interest in the conference topic is from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives, IT or other equally relevant sectors, the conference presents a unique opportunity to communicate information about your research, projects and programs with a wide audience and to benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest.

Conference Program

The conference will be a celebration of 50 years of AIATSIS. The program will consist of papers and discussions looking at the conference title – 50 years on: Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking. It will include:

Three days of a public program which will involve keynote speeches, Indigenous Talking Circles, Workshops, Panel Discussion and Debates as well as the delivery of Conference papers.

The conference trade fair and cultural program run concurrently with the conference sessions, highlighting the cultural and artistic expressions of the local Indigenous community as well as showcasing the variety of stakeholders working with Indigenous peoples.

The conference dinner which will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of AIATSIS.

Who is the conference for?The Conference has built a reputation for quality and continues to attract around 500 and up to 700 delegates from Australia and beyond. It provides a unique opportunity for a diverse range of researchers and locals to come together to review current

The AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference prides itself on ensuring that Indigenous people are strongly represented in the Conference program. This makes the event attractive to other stakeholders who gain insight and access to Indigenous networks through their participation in the Conference.

Registration Registrations for the 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference will be opening soon. More information will be provided here soon.

Please note the early bird registration closes on 18th December 2013. No more registrations will be taken after 5th March 2014.