Beyond Ceremony? Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives on Welcome to & Acknowledgement of Country

African Studies Group
2 min readMay 12, 2022


The African Studies Group (ASG) at the University of Melbourne has the distinct pleasure of hosting Dr Mishel McMahon of La Trobe University, to present and lead a discussion on Aboriginal Worldviews and fostering relations with Africans and other migrants in Australia. The seminar is part of the ASG Building Bridges seminar series.

What do we know about Indigenous Australians?

As uninvited guests on stolen Indigenous lands, how do we relate to their generosity?

This seminar is a timely opportunity for us as Africans and other migrants to listen, ask questions, learn and contribute to the ongoing discussions about Indigenous-Settler relations and our place in it as migrant-settlers.

Join the ASG on Wednesday, 25 May at the Linkway, 4th Floor John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.

More details on the seminar are on the attached poster. Find below some selected readings that will help us prepare for this all-important seminar.

  • Rigney, L (2001). A First Perspective of Indigenous Australian participation in Science: Framing Indigenous Research Towards Indigenous Australian Intellectual Sovereignty. Kaurna Higher Education Journal, 7, 1–13.
  • Cardinal, Lewis. (2001). What is an Indigenous perspective? Canadian Journal of Native Education.
  • Meyer (2001). Our Own Liberation: Reflections on Hawaiian Epistemology. The Contemporary Pacific, Volume 13, Number 1, Spring 2001, pp. 124–148
  • Little Bear, Leroy. (2000). Jagged Worldviews Colliding. In M. Battiste (Ed.). Reclaiming indigenous voice and vision. 77–85.



African Studies Group

ASG is an association of researchers with interests in African studies hosted by the University of Melbourne.