First Nations Activism and Media – Roundtable at UNSW 28 August

4S Affiliated Event

Hosted by the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Convened by Tanja Dreher


First Nations Activism and Media

International Roundtable

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

6 – 8pm (drinks and nibbles from 5pm)

Robert Webster Building, Room 327, UNSW

NB: The roundtable is preceded by a SAM Seminar ‘Being-entrepreneurial: a desirable narrative’ presented by Dr Collin Chua (3.30 – 5pm). Further details below

This international roundtable brings together scholars and producers of First Nations media to discuss the relationship between media and activism in a range of contexts including Australia, North America and Central America. Speakers will share examples of media production and research focused on First Nations activism on topics including environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignties, community resilience and diverse communications strategies.

Topics for discussion include:

– media and communication practices in the struggle against extractivist projects (mining, hydroelectric plants, wind energy, and the like)

– the role of media in Indigenous environmental justice, including how the media relates to Indigenous efforts to achieve climate and environmental justice, especially how the media portrays the deeper sources of injustice in our societies, such as histories of biased laws and land-use practices that degrade the environment.

– gendered violence and gender politics online, including Indigenous women’s activism online, the politics of identity and the policing of Indigenous women online, toxic masculinity and gender violence, and the silencing of Indigenous women through colonial politics of ‘protection’

Further speakers will be announced shortly

Speaker bios:


Professor Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW Australia. She is a scholar with both a national and international reputation in the field of Indigenous Studies. She has vast teaching and curriculum development experience and has published in scholarly journals, nationally and internationally. Professor Carlson maintains a strong connection between Indigenous Studies pedagogy and research. She is the author of the book, The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today? (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016) and a co-editor of The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (University of Technology Sydney E-Press, Sydney, 2013). She is the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity. Professor Carlson established the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) which is an international interdisciplinary research network of scholars interested in Indigenous related research. She hosted two recent international symposiums: ‘Cultured Queer/Queering Cultures: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness’ and ‘Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up’.


Lola Forester is a Yuibera (Mackay) / Australian South Sea Islander woman. She is the Producer/Host of Blackchat, the flagship program of Koori Radio. Blackchat informs its national audience on a range of current issues and celebrates the excellence of First Nations people across Australia. Koori Radio presents three hours of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news and views from the studios of 93.7FM 2LND in Redfern, Sydney, on the home of the Gadigal people. The free Koori Radio app makes means listeners can tune in 24/7 across the globe. Lola is the co-host on the World Music program ‘Roots Music’ on NITV, was the founding chair for the first six years of Show Me The Way, for 6 years was the inaugural Chair of Bangarra Dance Theatre and for 18 years was the Executive Producer / Presenter of the ‘Aboriginal Program’ at SBS Radio. She is one of Australia’s most experienced Aboriginal broadcasters. Lola believes that knowledge is strength and will continue to help in the struggle for Aboriginal self-determination.


Claudia Magallanes-Blanco is Chair of the Masters in Communication and Social Change, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, México. Dr Magallanes-Blanco is an academic/activist in the field of indigenous communication, communication for social change and social movements. She is currently a Co-Vice Chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section of the International Association for Mass Communication Research and an active member of the international OURMedia network.


A Gomeroi man from Moree NSW, Danny has been studying and working in film for nearly 15 years, and is currently the Output Producer for NITV’s News and Current Affairs program. He worked with Indigenous youth to write and direct “Songline to Happiness”, receiving Best Short Documentary at the 2012 Imagine NATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. His production company, Gondwana Productions has produced over 200 hours of content for NITV. Danny has also produced broadcast works for ABC, SBS, BBC 4 and the Foxtel Network and was the NITV Northern Territory Correspondent for 5 years.


Kyle Whyte is the Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Associate Professor of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. His research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

RSVP: Please register your attendance by email to

Venue: The Roundtable will be held on the Kensington Campus of UNSW, a short bus ride from Central Station or the Sydney CBD.

Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway.
Map Reference G14. Cinema 327 is located on the third floor.
More information on getting to UNSW.

SAM Seminar 3.30 – 5pm, Tuesday 28 August

‘Being-entrepreneurial: a desirable narrative.’

Be entrepreneurial—this is increasingly an imperative addressed to all of us. To be entrepreneurial is a mindset, an attitude, a way of thinking; it is to inculcate a passionate spirit, which you are to develop within yourself, and then to exhibit. Being entrepreneurial offers a sense of agency, and extends the possibility of wealth-creation in an age of precarity. It is a discourse which rationalizes modern subjects—you, too, can be entrepreneurial, and thus be creative, liberated, and successful. This seminar discusses being-entrepreneurial—as a contemporary subject position within communicative capitalism, operating as a coping mechanism for the fragmentation and disruption of traditional work arrangements and structures.

Collin Chua lectures in media and PR & advertising at the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Sydney. His current research addresses cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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