Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Curriculum Development

Teaching and Learning Seminar

Room G16, ground floor
Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne Parkville Campus

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Myron Yovannidis

myron.yovannidis@unimelb.edu.au

T: 83442116

Academic research, particularly in the sciences, focuses almost exclusively on Western perspectives regarding our understanding of the world around us. Indigenous Knowledge contains a layer of scientific knowledge that is deep, rich, and complex - and there is much we can learn from this. In this talk, I will discuss the cultural interface of Indigenous Knowledge and Western science, showing the myriad ways these two systems of understanding the world can benefit from each other and help us solve pressing problems we face today. We will examine how many of the so-called discoveries attributed to Western scientists were made long-before by Indigenous people. The onus is on Western science acknowledging and respecting Indigenous ways of knowing, which have been tried and tested for tens of millennia. I will discuss how we have integrated this into the National Curriculum for the benefit of future generations and how we can accomplish this at the university level.

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Duane Hamacher is an Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the ARC Centre for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions, centred in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on Indigenous astronomy, intangible heritage, dark sky studies, and the history and philosophy of science.

Duane Hamacher