Japanaka errol West Annual Lecture - Burnie


Three distinguished Maori scholars speak on the topic of Indigenous research methodologies.

Start Date

4th Jul 2017 3:00pm

End Date

4th Jul 2017 5:00pm


Livestreaming to Seminar Room D203, Cradle Coast campus

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E:, or T: 6226 2521

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Please join us in NAIDOC week for a Livestream screening of the annual Japanangka errol West Lecture, named to honour the life and scholarship of noted palawa scholar, Japanangka errol West.

This year’s lecture we are privileged to welcome three distinguished Maori scholars who will host a panel discussion on the topic of Indigenous research methodologies.


  • Distinguished Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM
  • Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Pro Vice Chancellor Māori and Professor of Education and Māori Development at the University of Waikato. She was also the Foundational Co-Director of the Māori Centre of Research Excellence NgāPae o Te Māramatanga. Professor Smith is author of the international acclaimed Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples (1999) and her leadership/scholarship has been honoured in the awarding of the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).

  • Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith CNZM
  • Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith is an internationally renowned Māori educationalist who has been at the forefront of Māori initiatives in the education field and beyond. His recent academic work has centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies for intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. He is a regular contributor to national forums on indigenous education issues. Professor Hingangaroa Smith’s work has been honoured in the awarding of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

  • Professor Huia Tomlins-Jahnke
  • Professor Huia Tomlins Jahnke is Professor of Māori Education, and Head of School, College of Education at Massey University. Professor Tomlins-Jahnke’s research includes the D Company Māori Battalion Oral History Project (since 1997) and she is Principal Investigator on the NPM project Au e ihu! Nga Morehu Taua. Professor Tomlins-Jahnke’s recent publications include Mana Tangata: Politics of Empowerment and Indigenous innovations in qualitative research method: Investigating the private world of family life.

Photo of Japanangka errol WestThe Japanangka errol West Annual Lecture

This annual event honours the life and work of the late Japanangka errol West, an internationally recognised poet and scholar. Japanangka errol was a leading Tasmanian Aboriginal academic, known for his scholarship in the field of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies. He articulated the Japanangka teaching and research paradigm, based on knowledge entrusted to him by Walpiri elder Japanangka Rex Granites and incorporating an understanding of the learning paths critical to the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Western education.

Japanangka errol West was a leader in what has become a global body of scholarship unashamedly framed from Indigenous perspectives. It is this legacy of alternative narratives and scholarship that this annual lecture seeks to represent. It also seeks to embody another characteristic of Japanangka errol: his unstinting intellectual generosity to all within his orbit.

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