Conference Abstracts


The overarching theme of this conference is “Indigenous Futures”.  All speakers and activities will explore different ideas of this conference theme anchored within these conference sub-themes

  • Mahi Auaha – Creative Indigenous Innovation Celebration and development of further Indigenous arts, performance, literature and technology to support Indigenous aspirations for positive engagement in our communities and enhanced excellence in Indigenous scholarship.  Novel approaches, narratives, tools and methods for transforming outcomes for Indigenous peoples and celebrating Indigenous innovation.

  • Mauri Ora – Indigenous Human Flourishing Strengthened social, health and community knowledges and practices that mitigate harm, nourish health and wellbeing and enhance flourishing Indigenous families and communities. Further development of Indigenous ethical foundations and strategies for positive, interconnected and enduring relationships.​​

  • Whai Rawa – Prosperous Indigenous Economies Development of theories, models and tools that add value and enhance the profitability of diverse Indigenous businesses, enterprises and communities. Creation of new understandings and approaches for effective governance of resources that grow the economies of Indigenous communities while celebrating Indigenous cultural knowledges, practices and values.

  • Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori – Thriving Indigenous languages and cultures Increased revitalisation and normalisation of Indigenous languages, customs and values within research settings, communities and society. Further development of research-based revival and recovery tools and solutions for engagement, use and transmission of Indigenous languages and cultures.
  • Te Tai Ao – Healthy Natural Environments Increased evidence to ensure coasts, waters, forests and lands are healthy and thriving ecosystems providing a sustainable basis for Indigenous aspirations. Greater solutions for Indigenous peoples to respond to environmental challenges at local, regional, national and global levels. Includes an Indigenous biodiversity and biosecurity research strand.
  • Ka Haka – Māori Arts and Performance Following the success of Ka Haka! Empowering Performance – the inaugural Māori and Indigenous Performance Studies Symposium (AUT,2016), Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and AUT partner to present: Ka Haka II ‘Old ways of knowing, new ways of doing’. What might it mean to call a performance ‘authentic’ in the Māori and Indigenous context? How might mis/representations of the ‘authentic’ in Māori and Indigenous culture in performance be seen to reflect, or not, the influence of colonisation, mediatisation and/or globalisation?

Presentation Types

There are many ways to contribute to the 8th IIRC 2018, with all contributions needing to meet with 8th IIRC 2018 Themes and Aims. Note: All presentations must reference work currently underway or completed within the last year. 

Details of each Presentation Types are outlined below:

  • Oral Presentations - Presentations are a total of 20 minutes and should aim to engage the audience, to create interest, seek feedback and encourage further enquiry. A general guide for timing for these presentations are approx. 13 minute long conversation starters, followed by 5 minutes for further discussion, and a changeover of 2 minutes between presenters (a total of 20 minutes). Presentations must reference work currently underway or completed within the last year. 
  • Panel Presentations - Panel presentations should aim to engage the audience, to create interest, seek feedback and encourage further enquiry. There are two panel sessions available: a short-form 60-minute panel session and a long-form 120-minute panel session. Please note that the long-form 120-minute panel sessions will be highly competitive due to a limited number of spaces available. Panel presentations may adopt an oral presentation format for each speaker (as a guide), or design a more interactive panel presentation, i.e. a combination of short opening discussions from each presenter with audience participation for further discussion.
  • Posters - Posters encourage direct engagement between the reader and those willing to share their work, your poster should be well-constructed and self-explanatory for general viewing by a wide audience, your poster will be displayed throughout the Conference to allow conference attendees to read about your work at a time they chose and in an open setting. 
    • Wednesday, 14 November 2018 lunch break is the designated session allocated for poster presenters, please ensure to be at your poster for discussion and/or questions by conference delegates.
    • Size and Space : Each poster will have a dedicated poster display space of the following dimensions: A0 - 841mm x 1189mm 331⁄8” x 463⁄4”. A specified numbered space will be allocated to you,
    • Affixing poster : Velcro or other adhesive tapes are recommended and will be available for poster presenters. Poster display space boards do not permit pins or tacks to be used.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 8th International Indigenous Research Conference 2018 (8th IIRC 2018)