A Framework for building Relationships between Indigenous People and people and the University of Melbourne

Project contact

Bernadette Murphy

Project Details

The project seeks to understand how the University of Melbourne understands Indigenous ‘participation’ as a matter of compliance and seeks then to shift this understanding to one of a relationship with Indigenous communities. The project seeks to ask how institutions form relationships. Further, and relatedly, can institutions reflect on their position within those relationships? The project frames and grounds this inquiry through an ethics of repatriation. The project will deliberately look at the past, particularly the specific history of the University as a historical and political institution. By positioning the University as an artefact, the project highlights the need to repatriate the relationship as a different way of moving forward.


  • Bern Murphy
  • Mark McMillan
  • Julie Evans


Melbourne Education Research Institute