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UW Event: "Decolonising Theory: Centering Traditional Knowledge within Indigenous Theorising"

Submitted by Elissa Washuta on April 26, 2011 - 3:19am
Flyer about Leonie Pihama's talk

All are welcome to attend a presentation by Dr. Leonie Pihama, Indigenous Fulbright Scholar visiting from Aotearoa (New Zealand)!

The Presentation will take place at 6:00pm in Room 225 in Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle Campus.

Presentation Title: Decolonising Theory: Centering Traditional Knowledge within Indigenous Theorising

Within the academy theory has been historically constructed in ways that have maintained the centrality of Western thinking. This has been actively challenged by a range of Indigenous Academics who have worked to create decolonising spaces within University settings. The struggle for the affirmation of Indigenous theories has grown significantly in the past 20 years. In Aotearoa (New Zealand) Kaupapa Maori theory has been presented as an Indigenous theoretical framework that is grounded upon Maori language and culture. This presentation provides a discussion and critique of the notion of 'theorising on' Indigenous Peoples and argues for the ongoing development and articulation of Indigenous theories by and for Indigenous communities.

For more information on Dr. Leonie Pihama see