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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Wentworth Lectures : Honouring Fifty Years of Australian Indigenous Studies
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'The Wentworth Lectures honour the contribution of Sir William (Bill) Wentworth to the creation of AIATSIS in 1964; now a world-renowned research, collecting and publishing organisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories.'

'This collection reflects the changing values in society and the evolution of ethical research in Australia. They are a fitting symbol of Australia’s maturing nationhood and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples of the land, of their resilience and journey to reclaim and preserve their identity, their histories, their cultural heritage - their stories.'

'In the thirty-six years since the first lecture, there have been eighteen Wenthworth lecturers, all of whom were given full rein as to the topic and content. To some extent all deal with wider political, social and economic, and in some cases, religious, factors. Taken together, they are a veritable who’s who of the leading intellectuals in the field.'


  • Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander people are advised that this publication contains names of people who have passed away. (page iv)
  • Other formats: Also e-book.


* Contents derived from the Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Aboriginal Studies Press , 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Calories and Bytes : Towards a History of the Australian Islands, Rhys Jones , 2015 single work criticism (p. 1-24)
Looking Ahead through the Past, Ronald M. Berndt , 2015 single work criticism (p. 25-58)
Aboriginal Political Life, L. R. Hiatt , 2015 single work criticism (p. 59-74)
'A Sense of Making History' : Australian Aboriginal Studies 1961-1985, John Mulvaney , 2015 single work criticism (p. 75-89)
Not Land Rights but Land Rites, Ken Colbung , 2015 single work criticism (p. 90-101)
'Studying Man and Man's Nature' : A History of the Institutionalisation of Aboriginal Anthropology, Nicolas Peterson , 2015 single work criticism (p. 102-124)
Aborigines and Policing : Aboriginal Solutions from Northern Territory Communities, Marcia Langton , 2015 single work criticism (p. 125-144)
The End in the Beginning : Re(de)finding Aboriginality : 1994 Wentworth Lecture, Michael Dodson , 2003 single work essay
Revised version of a text originally delivered as the W. C. Wentworth Lecture 1994. 'Offers a powerful scholarly critique of the politics and pitfalls of defining 'Aboriginality'.' (Blacklines p. 10)
(p. 145-162)
Native Title : The Beginning or the End of Justice?, R S French , 2015 single work criticism (p. 163-179)
An Arnhem Story, Dr Marika , 2015 single work criticism (p. 180-191)
Beyond the Mourning Gate : Dealing with Unfinished Business, Pat Dodson , 2015 single work criticism (p. 192-203)
Unusual Couples : Relationships and Research on the Knowledge Frontier, Peter Sutton , 2015 single work criticism (p. 204-224)
Indigenous Australian Studies and Higher Education, Martin Nakata , 2015 single work criticism (p. 225-241)
'Difference' and 'Autonomy' Then and Now : Four Decades of Change in a Western Desert Society, Robert Tonkinson , 2015 single work criticism (p. 242-257)
Beyond Guarding Ground : A Vision for a National Indigenous Cultural Authority, Terri Janke , 2009 single work criticism

In the past 20 years Indigenous Australians have called for greater recognition of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights.

The intellectual property system does not acknowledge Indigenous communal ownership of cultural expressions and knowledge passed down through the generations, and nurtured by Indigenous cultural practice.

Sacred knowledge is also at risk. 115 legislative and policy recommendations were made in Terri Janke's 1999 report - Our Culture: Our Future - Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights.

Yet, the protection of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights remains largely unprotected in Australia, and a hotly debated international issue. Now is the time for us to reassess the current framework.

This Paper sketches out the ground gathered by Indigenous copyright cases and examines international model laws and draft provisions.

It argues for greater infrastructure to support and defend Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights. Terry Janke's vision is for a National Indigenous Cultural Authority to facilitate consent and payment of royalties; to develop standards of appropriate use to guard cultural integrity, and to enforce rights. (Source: Publisher's blurb)

(p. 258-280)
First Australians, Law and the High Court of Australia, Michael Kirby , 2015 single work criticism (p. 281-297)
To Recognise or Not to Recognise : The Place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution, Megan Davies , 2015 single work criticism (p. 298-311)

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