First Call for Abstracts: International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012, deadline 1st December 2011

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Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

The 6th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers will address all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:
• Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in Māori and indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
• Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to health, successful and thriving indigenous families.
• Enhancing Indigenous Distinctiveness – understanding the distinctive contributions that indigenous communities – people, knowledge, assets, resources – do and may yet make to the world at large. Yielding opportunities for development that may not be sourced from any other community or population.

All presentations will be 20 mins, plus 5 mins for questions, and are expected to address one or more of the following outcomes:

• Indigenous Knowledge Creation – the development of indigenous approaches to and methodologies of knowledge creation, exploring indigenous worldviews and understanding the contribution of these approaches to world knowledge. Exploring indigenous worldviews and epistemologies and the relationship between indigenous knowledge and other knowledge (such as science).
• Building Excellent Indigenous Research Capability – what is the nature of the indigenous research capability'? How is this achieved? How can we harness new technologies? What do we mean by excellence in indigenous research capability? Do any current models exist? What models exist in the histories of indigenous communities?
• Research and Indigenous Transformation – what is the 'bridge' between indigenous development research and positive change in our communities? How can we ensure that the outcomes and benefits of our research do get into the hands who can make change in our communities? How is positive change achieved through our research?
More information on the themes and outcomes can be found on our website:

Important Dates
Abstract Submission open: 1st August 2011
Abstracts Submission close: 1st December 2011
Registrations Open: January 2012 (tbc)
Notification and Draft Programme Released: 10th March 2012 (tbc)
Earlybird registration deadline: April 2012 (tbc)

Please submit your Abstract (max 200 words) by completing the Abstract Submission Form. All information and documents can be found on the conference website:

All Abstracts will be assessed by the Conference Abstract Committee, guided by the Conference Advisory Panel. There is potential for a limited number of panel presentations, please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in convening a panel. There will be a published, reviewed conference proceedings and all accepted authors will be invited to submit their full paper to the conference proceedings.

Conference Advisory Panel

Chair: Professor Charles Royal
Professor Mason Durie
Professor Harald Gaski
Dr Rawinia Higgins
Dr Daniel Hikuroa
Professor Margaret Maaka
Professor Margaret Mutu
Professor Martin Nakata
Distinguished Professor Graham Smith
Convener: Dr Helen Ross

Keynote Speakers and special events are currently being finalised. The latest information can be found on our conference website:

Contact for abstract, panel and paper queries:
Contact for general conference enquires: