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‘Universities are not the safe places we would like to think they are, but they are getting safer’: Indigenous women academics in higher education

By Bronwyn L. Fredericks


This paper outlines some of the experiences of Indigenous women academics in higher education. The author offers these experiences, not to position Indigenous women academics as victims, but to expose the problematic nature of racism, systemic marginalisation, white race privilege and radicalised subjectivity played out within Australian higher education institutions. By utilising the experiences and examples she seeks to bring the theoretical into the everyday world of being Indigenous within academe. In analysing these examples, the author reveals the relationships between oppression, white race privilege, institutional privilege and the epistemology that maintains them. She argues that, in moving from a position of being silent to speaking about what she has witnessed and experienced, she is able to move from the position of object to subject and gain a form of liberated voice (hooks 1989: 9) for herself and other Indigenous women. She seeks to challenge the practices within universities that continue to subjugate Indigenous women academics

Topics: 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 130103 Higher Education, 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies, Australia, Publication, Indigenous, Research, Teaching, Universities, Higher Education, Torres Strait Islander, Racism, Women, Whiteness, Culturally Safe, White, Scholarship, HERN, Cultural Safety, Aboriginal
Publisher: Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:38492
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