Barreeng Yirramboi Symposium

Barreeng Yirramboi Symposium

  • 19–20 July 2022, 10am – 4pm
  • Exhibition: 15 – 30 July, opening event 19 July 5 – 7pm in the MADA Gallery, Building D (registration not required).

  • Symposium:  19 – 20 July 10am – 4pm, building G, Art Design and Architecture

All welcome, please register before 11 July
Image: From series (Dis)connected to Country, Pitta Pitta (Via the Colonial Gaze), 2020. Courtesy of the artist Jahkarli Romanis

Barreeng Yirramboi is a research symposium and exhibition program presented by the Wominjeka Djeembana Indigenous Research Lab at Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA). It aims to highlight the relationality between practice-led research and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Wominjeka Djeembana opened in 2019 with a vision of providing an identity of Indigeneity at Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) on Caulfield campus. We teach into undergraduate courses, nurture a dynamic Higher Degree by Research program for Indigenous/First Nations candidates, and lead research across creative practice and Indigenous Knowledge systems.

Last year we presented the Ngarnga-dha (hearing/listening) Research Symposium where we showcased some of the incredible research coming out of Wominjeka Djeembana. For this year’s symposium we hope to build on that knowledge as we present Barreeng Yirramboi; Boon Wurrung words translating as tracks towards tomorrow or as Senior Boonwurrung Elder, N’arweet Professor Carolyn Briggs AM explains "it's about the journey of coming into knowledge and envisioning new futures".

We are honoured  to invite our keynote speakers to this year’s event:

  • Associate Professor Ali Gumillya Baker (Mirning), and Dr Faye Rosas Blanch (Yidinyji/Mbararam) will speak together about refusal, collectivity and vulnerability.
  • James Nguyen, speaking in broken tongues, will question how might refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds come to terms with our occupation of Aboriginal Land? How do we contest the resettlement myth of the tabula rasa – the fresh start – the Diasporic Neo-Terra Nullius?

The program will also feature presentations by our PhD candidates and a series of convened panels to deepen the conversation about how Indigenous methodologies are employed within creative practice and the importance of art to storytelling and sharing knowledge.

Alongside the symposium is a creative practice exhibition at the MADA Gallery by our PhD candidates and staff.

The symposium will take place in person on the Caulfield Campus with some events recorded and made available to share online.   Catering will be provided.

Please note this program was updated on 18 July to reflect changes in the speaker program due to Covid cases and sorry business.


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19 July 2022

10.00amMeet at Building G, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
10.15amWelcome to Country with Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Janet Galpin
10.30amIntroduction to Wominjeka Djeembana by Professor Brian Martin
10.45amKeynote: Speaking in Broken Tongues by  James Nguyen
11.30amQ and A with Professor Brian Martin
11.45amArtists panel: Bradley Webb Dr Desiree Ibinarriaga, and Kareen Adam, convened by Dr Kirsten Lyttle
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm Tour of Collective Movements at MUMA
2.15pmPhD Presentation: Indigenous Place: Caring for Country and Community by Kirrakee Teea Watson, convened by Dr Peta Clancy
2.45pmPerformance by Laniyuk
3.00pmPanel: Relational accountability as praxis of care with Dr Kirsten Lyttle Laniyuk and wani toaishara in conversation
4.00pmAfternoon tea and wrap up with Professor Brian Martin
5-7pm Opening of exhibition at MADA Gallery

20 July

10.00amMeet at Building G, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
10.15amAcknowledgement of Country
10.20amIntroduction by Professor Brian Martin
10.30amKeynote: Refusal, Collectivity and Vulnerability by Associate Professor Ali Gumillya Baker and Dr Faye Rosas Blanch
11.15amQ and A with Professor Brian Martin
11.30amPanel: Praxis of Holding Space with Jahkarli Romanis, Kareen Adam, Kate ten Buuren and Maya Hodge
1.30pmPhD presentation: Space making and the nuances of accountability by wãni Toaishara, convened by Dr Peta Clancy
2.00pmPhD presentation: Restoring the Spirit; histories of collecting and the intersection of First Peoples cultural material, contemporary art and curatorial practice by Kimberley Moulton, convened by Dr Peta Clancy
2.30pmWrap up with Professor Brian Martin
2.45pmSymposium closes

We acknowledge and pay respects to the traditional and sovereign territory of the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations, the traditional owners of the land on which Wominjeka Djeembana is located.

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