I am interested in starting conversations about how the university ethics process ‘deals’ with research around and with First Australians people and culture. The Academy’s intention may be to protect the ‘vulnerable’, but this can be viewed as patriarchal and disempowering, stifling First Nations’ voice and worldviews and thereby reinforcing white dominant narratives.. I am an advocate for a respectful dialogue of equals where Elders are regarded as scholars and historians of their own culture and are recognised as co-researchers rather than participants or subjects.
Melissa Razuki is a storyteller who is interested in narratives that challenge the status quo. Presently, she is exploring ways to write about black Australia so white Australia will listen and engage. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Marketing (1987), and an Honours degree in Creative Writing (2014), and is in the second year of a PhD in the school of Media & Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her practice led PhD, A White Woman’s Quest to Decolonise (and reflections on where to start), mischievously plays with and subverts the familiar to wipe the colonial fog from the lens through which we view Aboriginal Australia.