ITIC 2017 Symposium

Information Technologies Indigenous Communities
2017 Symposium

Information Technologies Indigenous Communities (ITIC) will be a two-day Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, 27–28 September 2017, at the University of Melbourne held with the support of and in conjunction with ASA National Conference. It will incorporate, as one of its streams, the 16th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia.

The ITIC Symposium will be held in memory of the late Dr JN Gumbula from northeast Arnhem Land, who was a major contributor to establishing the National Recording Project and to enhancing knowledge of Indigenous archives and collections in Australia and internationally. Dr Gumbula was a researcher, Yolngu leader and ARC Indigenous Fellowship recipient who passed away in 2015. He worked extensively with Australian archives, museums and universities including the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney Archives, the Macleay Museum, Museum Victoria, and the Australian National University amongst many others.

Background

The 2010 ITIC Symposium was held on 13–15 July in Canberra and included more than 70 papers on the use of information technologies by Indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally. Illustrating the strength and vibrancy of this sector, presentations were delivered on programs, projects and research being implemented and undertaken by a range of community organisations, institutions and researchers across Australia. The 2010 Symposium generated a book published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and recordings of selected presentations are available on Vimeo. The 2010 Symposium incorporated the 9th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance. This annual meeting of the National Recording Project fosters exchange among community, academic and industry partners with the aim of ensuring that endangered Australian Indigenous performance repertoires are recorded and held for future generations, and that digital archives are established and maintained to support local access to these resources.

Call for Papers

The 2017 ITIC Symposium seeks to explore how recent advancements in information technologies enhance linkages among archives, images, collections and Indigenous knowledges in new ways. Presentations exploring Indigenous engagements with information technologies in education, health, heritage, languages, mapping, creative arts, broadcasting and beyond are welcome. There will be a stream dedicated to examining the application of information technologies in the maintenance and understanding of Indigenous music and dance repertoires. Another stream will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of the late Dr JN Gumbula to expanding knowledge and Indigenous research agency through his work with the National Recording Project and a broad array of Indigenous archives and collections.

We are keen to hear directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and communities, and presently seeking sponsorship to assist with travel and accommodation requirements. Please contact the ITIC Coordinator if you would like to find out more about possible program elements. You are also encouraged to send your proposals through via the Call for Papers online form.

ITIC 2017 Committee

  • Convenor: Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker (University of Melbourne, Historical and Philosophical Studies) 
  • Convenor: 16th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance: Professor Aaron Corn (University of Adelaide, National Centre for Aboriginal Languages and Music Studies; Co-Director, National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia)

  • Julia Mant (ASA President)
  • Kirsten Thorpe (State Library of NSW; ASA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SIG Convenor)
  • Annelie de Villiers (University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre)
  • Mike Jones (University of Melbourne, eScholarship Research Centre)
  • Dr Nick Thieberger (PARADISEC Project Manager, University of Melbourne)
  • Kari James (Yamatji Archives)
  • Kim Burrell (Victoria University Archives)

Annelie de Villiers is the ITIC Coordinator. Please address any communications for the ITIC Committee directly to her.