[Iag-list] SSN Seminar: Present and Future Directions for Cultural Fire

Tim Neale timneale at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 06:27:40 UTC 2020

Please join us for this seminar hosted by the Deakin Science and Society
Network (SSN) and supported by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Title: Present and Future Directions for Cultural Fire

Date/time: Thursday 11th June, 4:00-5:15pm (Australian Eastern Standard
Time, GMT+10)

Abstract: Aboriginal communities, land and fire management agencies and
researchers across the humanities and sciences often agree that greater
engagement and partnership with Aboriginal peoples is not just the right
thing to do but could also beneficially change how we all coexist with
bushfire in southeast Australia. For some time, practical progress in
relationships between these agencies and Aboriginal communities issues have
been undermined by limited understandings of Aboriginal peoples’ rights and
interests, however there are recent positive signs of improvement, such as
the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy and the fact that
more cultural burns are occurring. Now, following the 2019-2020 Black
Summer fires, there is heightened interest in how Aboriginal peoples' fire
management knowledge and practices can be supported by land and fire
management agencies and others to better manage the increasing threat of
bushfires. This event will bring together a panel of speakers with a range
of experiences in these matters to discuss the present and possible futures
of cultural fire and cultural burning in southeast Australia, including
opportunities for better partnership between agencies, Aboriginal
communities researchers and others.

Speakers: Bhiamie Williamson (ANU), Scott Falconer (DELWP), Minda Murray
(ANU) and Matt Shanks (FVTOC)

Chair: Timothy Neale (ADI, Deakin University)

Register: Register to attend the seminar here. The seminar will be
available to stream on YouTube live. Access using the live link:

Dr Timothy Neale
Senior Research Fellow
Deakin University, Burwood, Australia
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