Each year the CNTA's develops one conference of two-day duration on themes of broad applicability and interest in native title anthropology. The conference provides students, consultant anthropologists, anthropologists employed at representative bodies and government (i.e. anthropologists across all native title sectors) with opportunities to learn about and discuss current issues pertinent to native title research and practice.
The location of the conferences is rotated to ensure coverage and geographical accessibility across Australia. Conferences are usually held in February each year.
2017 Perth Annual Conference: Emerging Strategic Issues in Native Title
The CNTA Annual Conference was held in Perth, Western Australia on 9-10 February 2017 addressing the theme of Emerging Strategic Issues in Native Title Anthropology.
The conference venue was the Travelodge Hotel, 417 Hay Street, Perth.
The CNTA conference was heavily subscribed with numbers beyond our expectation and usual numbers. Although places were originally capped at 100 it was decided that all interested parties should be able to attend. By the time the conference opened, 110 people had registered for the two day meeting.
Professor Peterson provided an Introductory Address after the Welcome to Country by Mr Barry McGuire.
The Opening Address was given by Mr Glen Kelly, (CEO of the National Native Title Council) with Keynote papers presented by Mr Simon Hawkins (CEO of YMAC), Ms Petronella Vaarzon-Morel(independent consultant) and Mr Mike Dillon (Visiting Fellow at CAEPR, ANU).
On Thursday evening the conference dinner was held at Perth's iconic Miss Maud's with 60 people in attendance.
Some conference papers have since been distributed to attendees through the CNTA Email Distribution List.
On the Friday afternoon, Day 2 of the CNTA conference CNTA joined with the Federal Court of Australia (FCA) and the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) for a joint session to Celebrate 25 years of Native Title Anthropology: A tribute to the contribution of anthropologists to the development of Australian native title law.
Both Professor Peterson and Dr Finlayson spoke.
Presentations were made by leading barristers and native title anthropologists on key issues and challenges, as well as revisiting land mark cases over the course of a number of practictioners' professional histories. A future publication of the proceedings has been suggested by the NNTT.
The Future of Native Title Anthropology
Jointly convened by the CNTA and Queensland South Native Title Services and Anthropology Department, University of Queensland
The 2016 CNTA Annual Conference was held on 4-5 February 2016 at Women's College, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Attendance was high with 76 registered participants. The program comprised a mix of presentations and group discussion of hypotheticals. Practical advice for anthropologist acting as court experts was provided in Justice Rangiah's Key Note Address.
Adelaide anthropologists, Drs Deane Fergie, Rod Lucas and linguist Paul Monaghan presented an ethnographic film on how concurrent anthropological evidence is given in contested claims before the federal court. Other important topics covered by presenters were community development (Dr Danielle Campbell from CLC, and Bruce Martin, consultant), compensation claims (Lee Sackett) and the intersection of history with anthropology (Dr Hilda Maclean).
CNTA woud like to recognise the presence of Emeritus Professor Bruce Rigsby who attended.
Where available conference papers have been circulated to members of the CNTA Distribution List. Professor Nic Peterson's introductory and community development papers are provided here.
- The Future of Native Title Anthropology Conference Program (786K PDF)
- The Future of Native Title Anthropology Workshop Schedule (122K PDF)
Please visit the Resources page for papers from the 2016 Conference.
Alternative Pathways to Outcomes in Native Title Anthropology
Jointly convened by the CNTA and Native Title Services Victoria
University of Melbourne, Melbourne
12th and 13th February 2015
For copies of some of the presentations, please see the Resources page.
Conceptualising the 'South East' of Aboriginal Australia
Jointly convened by the CNTA and the University of Sydney
University of Sydney, Sydney
20th and 21st February 2014
Adding Value and Meaning to Anthropological Mapping in Native Title Research
Australian National University, Canberra
11th and 12th February 2014
Anthropology in the Aftermath of Native Title
University Club of Western Australia, Perth
21st and 22nd June 2012
Writing About Connection
Jointly convened by the CNTA and the University of Queensland
Womens' College, University of Queensland, Brisbane
22nd and 23rd March 2012