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Nick Freeburn, a Ph.D. student of Indigenous Philosophies with Gnibi, College of Indigenous Australians Peoples at Southern Cross University in Lismore NSW in Australia, will give an open lecture on Tuesday 18 October at 9-10 am in room 202 in Oddi at the University of Iceland. The lecture is entitled „Story Telling: Using yarning circles as an Indigenous research methodology“.  

Summary: Nick Freeburn will discuss the use of yarning circles as an Indigenous research methodology and how they apply to his research. Yarning circles creates an informal setting where participants can openly contribute and engage in sharing knowledge, thoughts, experiences within a non-threatening environment, without being judged. Nicks doctoral studies project will gather and record unique voices that will expose a distinctive social context in a way that is new to research but ancestral to Aboriginal participants, as this is where the story telling begins…

Abstract: Directions can then be taken within the yarning journey and creates an opportunity to be traced using narrative mapping techniques. In hindsight, data analysed using an Indigenist approach that closely resembles narrative inquiry mixed with thematic analysis. Many Western methods of analysis break apart data into themes or categories, whereas an Indigenist approach will pull together data into a living knowledge system, which is vital when engaging with Aboriginal communities. Extraction of data is not a meaningful descriptor of the yarning process … the outcomes will be group and individual narratives that when traced and combined, give voice (form) to lived reality in a small rural town for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants. Revealing people’s conceptions of life in this divided context (separated by history and latent structures). Using yarning circles will cause narratives to flow from and talk about issues such as identity/threat; inclusion/exclusion; past/present; self/group; compliance/resistance; assumptions/experience.

Bio: Nick Freeburn proudly belongs to the Bundjalung Nation. He has worked in government and non-government organisations, services and businesses for more than 30 years. Nick is a qualified chef, but instead of practicing his trade, he gained five degrees in five disciplines; Indigenous Studies, Research Methods, Indigenous Research and Leadership, Social Science and Adult Education. He is currently studying for his Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies with Gnibi, College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University in Lismore NSW. The topic of Nick’s thesis is ‘An investigation into contemporary representations of Aboriginal people using the TV series, ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’ as a discussion point’. His research question is ‘How do the Aboriginal social issues portrayed in ‘The Gods of Wheat’ reflect contemporary representations from within a community context?

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