Indigenous presence in the Australian university is a relatively recent phenomenon, initially framed by policies of equity that were, and continue to be, problematic in their assumptions-what they say and dont say-about cultural difference, justice, sovereignty and more. From the lead authors Aboriginal standpoint, the paper analyses the repercussions of equity thinking that have intersected with Indigenous experiences of higher education activity in Australia, covering the range of aspects of university life and work: staffing, teaching, curriculum, governance, research and community engagement. The paper critiques how dominant notions of equity subordinate or cannibalise possibilities for what higher education could mean for Indigenous peoples; and it gestures towards what might emerge from a standpoint of Indigenous agency to re-imagine the university.
- decolonising universities
- educational equity
- higher education
- Indigenous Australian education
- Indigenous standpoint