Mahi Tahi is organising an interactive presentation entitled Stirring Up Silence at this year’s ASAA/NZ conference.
We will consider how we might collectively remake our discipline to be one that is inclusive, meaningfully bicultural, cognisant of its colonial history and present, and informed by the Treaty. In other words, how might we answer Dr Lily George’s call to ‘stir up the silence’?
This interactive presentation is open to all who which to engage with Māori student perspectives and experiences of anthropology. It will centre Māori student voices and hopes to generate a broad conversation within anthropology in Aotearoa. Dr Lily George will be our discussant for the session.
Stirring Up Silence is chaired by Tarapuhi Vaeau, who has coordinated the event so far in collaboration with Māori undergraduate students at Victoria University of Wellington. We can expect some thoughtful feedback on how it feels for these students to participate in our anthropology courses, our discipline, and our universities.
Mahi Tahi is looking forward to facilitating a generative and honest conversation about the ways we might better support Māori students and staff within anthropology.
Contact Tarapuhi if you are a Māori student who will be attending the conference and want to be part of this. You are very welcome to join the organising team.