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Extraordinary Colloquium

Dr. Scott Heyes from University of Canberra and Sisse Finken from ITU Copenhagen will give a presentation of their work at this extraordinary colloquium.

Last modified: 29.05.2016

Dr. Scott Heyes will present: The impacts and benefits of undertaking Participatory Research in Indigenous Settings: Case Studies from Australia, Arctic Canada, and Fiji

Abstract: In this presentation I will draw on my collaborative teaching and research projects in Indigenous Australia, Arctic Quebec and remote areas of Fiji on design and cultural heritage topics relating to Indigenous geographies, pathways, hangout spaces, legendary landscapes, and sacred sites. I will describe how my teaching and research activities have been undertaken using innovative participatory research methods or through mapping, exhibition, and design charrette exercises. I will discuss the importance of designing partnership with Indigenous communities on projects that are relevant and meaningful to them. And by taking students to the field to meet and interact with Indigenous people first hand, I will discuss how these experiences help to address misconceptions that many students hold about Indigenous peoples. Upholding the view that the projects must champion the causes of Indigenous people and their knowledge systems, I will demonstrate how this has been achieved through co-produced exhibitions, book projects, and fieldtrips.  

Bio sketch: Dr Scott Heyes is an anthropologist, cultural geographer and landscape architect with an interest in better understanding indigenous knowledge of the land and the sea, particularly in Australia, the Canadian Arctic, and Fiji. He holds a PhD in Human Geography from McGill University, Canada, and is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anthropology Program in Washington D.C. Scott is currently the Course Convenor of Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

Sisse Finken will present:

Design of fieldwork: encounters with methods and theories

Revisiting a field site through the generated field material is a meeting with people, places and technologies once engaged with.  Simultaneously, it is a meeting with the very design of fieldwork, which is influenced by methods and theories used.   This talk takes a methodological turn and looks into field notes and photos from a previous study concerned with technologies and care. The aim of taking such turn is to explore more carefully the researcher’s performance in the field and the material generated.


Sisse Finken is associate professor in the Technologies in Practice (TiP) Research Group at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  Her work is concerned with relationships between practices of design and use — between the technological and the social. In particular, her research is influenced by work in the traditions of anthropology of technology, computer supported cooperative work, participatory design, and science and technology studies.  She both draws on and consistently questions these methodological frames.