Symposium 1: Discovering the Power of Two Worlds

Thursday, 7 April 2016 • 8.30am - 4.00pm • Hotel Novotel • Preconference

Separate registration required

Subject to change without notice

This pre-conference symposium will explore Exchanging Ways of Being between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people through the following three areas of focus:

Representing: Giving due recognition to other ways of conceptualisation.

The first step towards exchanging ways of being is to acknowledge that life can be conceptualised in more ways than those one has inherited from one's experience and language within one culture. Ways of being are culturally distinctive because members of a cultural group are accustomed to viewing life in much the same way. This involves sharing time-honoured ways of representing life, preserved in a common mental imagery which finds expression both in ways of structuring of experience, and in language. When two cultures come together, members are faced with acknowledging and then negotiating these alternative representations of experience, expressed in different practice and different linguistic expression.

Negotiating: Employing two-way approaches to learning and equipping

In a multicultural society, people accustomed to different cultural and linguistic representations of life need to learn to listen with empathy and to negotiate ways of working together towards common goals. This entails developing ways of listening and of expression which are not bound to the cultural expectations they have been accustomed to. Working from different starting-points they need to find means of working together to access knowledge and skills which will enable them all, whatever their cultural and linguistic starting-point, to have a fair and reasonable opportunity of achieving their objectives. To some extent, this involves developing systems of interaction which entail exchanging ways of being.

Advancing: Setting up two-way-friendly social and institutional structures

It is a reasonable expectation that a society will provide for all its members the means of advancing together to create a better life. This means that, on the basis of exchanging ways of being, all members of the society will have the opportunity to work towards progress for all and, where inequalities exist in knowledge, life skills, life circumstances and opportunities, for change. Social institutions need to be established or enhanced which will maximise the capacity of the society to reach this goal.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous speakers will discuss the ways of achieving:

  1. valid mutual expression and understanding of both Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal cultural and linguistic representations;

  2. effective ways of negotiation of learning and experience which enable common goals to be achieved from culturally and linguistically diverse starting points, and

  3. progress and change towards effective social institutions and practices which are acceptable and fair to all.

Program outline

Please note: Due to the "two-way' nature of the symposium, this program serves as a rough guide only.

7.45am

Coffee and Registration

8.30am – 10:00am

  • Welcome to country
  • Introductions
  • Warm up
  • Representing: Giving due recognition to other ways of conceptualization: Dr Samantha Disbray, Erica Ross Nappururla, Professor Ian Malcolm, Glenys Collard

10:00am – 10:30am

Morning Tea

1.30am – 12.00pm

  • Workshop: Representing: Giving due recognition to other ways of conceptualization
  • Negotiating: Employing two-way approaches to learning and equipping: Dr Androula Yiakoumetti, Glenys Collard, Patsy Konigsberg
  • Workshop: Negotiating: Employing two-way approaches to learning and equipping

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm

  • Advancing: Setting up two-way-friendly social and institutional structures: Professor Beth Armstrong, Dr Judith Rochecouste, Coral Brockman
  • Workshop: Setting up two-way-friendly social and institutional structures:

2:30pm – 2:50pm

Afternoon Tea

2.50pm – 3.55pm

  • Preparation of panel discussion
  • Panel discussion

3.55pm - 4.00pm

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