Four scholars speak to navigating the complexities of naming in indigenous studies

Bronwyn Carlson, Jeffrey D Berglund, Michelle A Harris, Evan Te Ahu Poata-Smith

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Universities in Australia are expanding their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies programs to include Indigenous populations from around the globe. This is also the case for the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Although systems of nomenclature in Indigenous Studies seek to be respectful of difference, the politics of naming in the global context raises some complexities worthy of discussion. In this article, four scholars discuss the politics of naming in relation to teaching a joint Indigenous Studies subject at the UOW and Northern Arizona University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-72
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Indigenous Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014



  • Indigeneity
  • language use
  • nomenclature
  • terminology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology

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