Ethical Space and Indigenous Design

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2022
Alberta, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Indigenous Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Race Studies

The University of Calgary is explicitly seeking papers responding to themes in the work of the Cultures and Communities conference keynotes, Willie Ermine and Alison Page. Details below.



Willie is an Assistant Professor with the First Nations University of Canada. He is from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in the north-central part of Saskatchewan where he lives with his family. As a faculty member with the First Nations University of Canada, he lectures in the areas of Education, Humanities, Indigenous Studies and Research Methods. He has published numerous academic articles and contributed reports to the Tri-Council Panel on Research Ethics. He has presented at various national and international conferences and symposiums on topics such as education, research and in particular, the nature of Indigenous thought. Throughout his research, Professor Ermine has worked extensively with Elders. He promotes ethical practices of research involving Indigenous Peoples and is particularly interested in the conceptual development of the ‘ethical space’–a theoretical space between cultures and worldviews.


Alison is the founder of the National Aboriginal Design Agency and co founder of ZAKPAGE, a creative partnership between artists Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak, who co-create with indigenous communities in Australia and elsewhere. She teaches at the School of Design, University of Technology Sydney, and is also an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. She has recently co-authored Design: Building on Country with the architect and anthropologist, Paul Memmott. Her talk will deal with participatory design and indigenous communities.


Dates: June 28th, 2022 – In-person and virtual

Abstracts: 01 April, 2022


Contact Info: 

Erica Brady, Fabian Neuhas, Lorraine Gess