Japanaka errol West Annual Lecture

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.

2017 Japanangka errol West Lecture

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
  • Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith CNZM
  • Professor Huia Tomlins-Jahnke

Hobart - 4 July, 3.00-5.00pm
Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

Burnie - 4 July, 3.00-5.00pm
Livestreaming to Seminar Room D203, Cradle Coast campus

Launceston - 6 July, 1.00-3.00pm
Lecture Theatre 9, Faculty of Arts Building, Newnham campus

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