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APRU Indigenous Knowledges Workshop 2023

The University of Melbourne will host the Indigenous Knowledges Network within the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) from 19-23 November 2023, showcasing Melbourne and the Goulburn Valley and engaging with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Yorta Yorta peoples and organisations. The workshop will address leadership in higher education on Indigenous engagement and will conclude with the University’s annual Narrm Oration, delivered by a leader from the international Indigenous community.

For any general questions regarding the event, you may contact [email protected]


If you would like to learn more about the Indigenous Knowledges Working Group initiatives, contact Mr. David Quimbayo at [email protected]


Akawyan Pakawyan
Senior Leader of the Indigenous Pinuyumayan people & Narrm Orator

Akawyan Pakawyan (b. 1938) is a senior leader of the Indigenous Pinuyumayan people in the Puyuma village of Taiwan.

Her work is underpinned by her rigorous research into Pinuyum ayan language and culture, and her publications are now a cornerstone of efforts to restore and maintain all Indigenous languages and cultures in Taiwan. Akawyan currently advises the International Council for Traditional Music as a Board Director of its Indigenous Study Group.

Akawyan still works for the Taiwanese Ministry of Education as lead curriculum designer for the Pinuyumayan language and continues to teach this language daily at the Garland Experimental Elementary School in Taidong.

Professor Adrian Little
Pro Vice-Chancellor International

Adrian is Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne. He is also Professor of Political Theory and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). Prior to his current position, Adrian spent a decade as the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and part of the executive team in the Faculty of Arts. Born and raised in Belfast, he was awarded his PhD in Politics by Queens University Belfast before joining Melbourne in 2004 from the University of London. He is the author or editor of ten books including, most recently, Temporal Politics: Contested Pasts, Uncertain Futures (Edinburgh University Press, 2022). 

Adrian is a former President of the Australian Political Science Association (APSA) and in 2017 he won the APSA Prize for Outstanding Academic Leadership in Political Science after being cited for his mentoring of early career academics and support for Indigenous academics and women in the profession. With a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion in the tertiary sector, he leads Melbourne’s strategy on Indigenous internationalisation, sustainable development, and access and inclusion for refugees and asylum seekers. Adrian is the founder and chair of the Indigenous Knowledges Network in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). 

Professor Duncan Maskell 
Vice Chancellor 
Professor Marcia Langton AO
Associate Provost, Office of the Provost/ Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Dentistry Sciences

Professor Marcia Langton AO is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. Her role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians are evidence of Professor Langton’s academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual.

Her 2012 Boyer lecture series titled The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom is one of her recent contributions to public debate, and added to her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles. In 1993 she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights.

Professor Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. In further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics Professor Langton has in 2017 been appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Barry Judd
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)

Barry Judd is a distinguished academic and accomplished leader, currently holding the positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) and Professor of Indigenous Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. As the DVC (Indigenous), he plays a crucial role in shaping institutional policy, strategy, and guidance on all aspects of Indigenous higher education. 

In addition to these duties, Professor Judd provides academic leadership to the Indigenous Studies Program through undergraduate teaching, Higher Degree Research supervisions, and research activity, all of which support the development of this emerging field of studies. He is a member of the esteemed Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and was a foundation Chief Investigator of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). 

Professor Judd’s expertise is widely recognised, and he serves as a Board member of the Museums and Galleries of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and the Life Again Foundation. He is also a member of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) committee of the Richmond Football Club. 

Professor Judd’s academic background is extensive, with an MA in Public Policy and a PhD in Australian Indigenous Studies, as well as postgraduate qualifications in higher education teaching and learning. His research expertise lies in Australian race relations in Australian sports and interdisciplinary research methods in Indigenous Studies and Australian history. 

With over 30 years of experience in supporting Indigenous activity in Australian higher education, Professor Judd is widely published and holds several current Australian Research Council research grants. His invaluable contributions to the field of Indigenous Studies are a testament to his exceptional work, inspiring and leading the way for future Indigenous leaders. 



Mr. David Quimbayo

Program Officer

[email protected]