ACRAWSA gains permission to use Kaurna Language Words

As the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association relaunches, we have sought strategies to centre the sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Association began on the lands of the Kaurna Nation, in what is now known as Adelaide. At the suggestion of the Indigenous academic leaders on our Executive and Editorial teams, we have sought guidance from the Kaurna Nation on the use of Kaurna language to acknowledge the Country the Association began on, to help anchor our work in place.

The Association has three objectives in its efforts to centre Indigenous sovereignty:

  • To provide a permanent reminder to everyone who engages with ACRAWSA online that the Association was started on the lands of the Kaurna Nation.
  • To guide work on anti-racism and critical race studies through the lens of indigeneity
  • To remind everyone who engages with ACRAWSA that the recognition of sovereignty is the principle goal of Indigenous peoples, and that this is incommensurate with experiences of settler colonial peoples.

Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi (KWK) is the leading group dedicated to Kaurna language revitalisation and maintenance process. The Association has negotiated with KWK to licence the use of Kaurna words on our website, in order to support the centring of Indigenous recognition in our work. We are grateful to Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi for the generous gift of Kaurna words for use on our online platforms, and urge all scholars who engage with the Association to consider the meaning and correct pronunciation of the language granted by KWK.

The Association does not own any word licenced for our use by KWK.  These words have been granted to us for use on a non-exclusive basis, specifically for the purpose of conveying to our readers the importance of our beginning on Kaurna land and our ongoing commitment to the projects of Indigenous people. Readers may see these words used in other places, with the permission of KWK.

Kardla – Fire (Blog): To focus on the generative intent of our work, we prioritise informed discussion and intellectual engagement with current debates to support research in the field of critical race and whiteness studies

Warra – Voice (Postgraduate student work): To bring attention to the ways in which researchers must find a way to navigate many intersecting, often competing, identities to find their voices and assert their scholarship.

Wangkanthi. Yurikaityanthi – Talking. Listening (Reviews): To focus on the importance of hearing, and taking time to listen to, the reviews of scholars on new work in the field of critical race and whiteness studies.

Dr Nikki Moodie (Gomeroi)

Editor, Critical Race & Whiteness Studies

Nikki Moodie is a Lecturer and Researcher in Indigenous Education Policy, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Journal Editorial Committee.

2 Comments

  1. Fantastic news! It maybe one of the first public focused non Indigenous spaces to get permissions to use the appropriate language. So excited to see ACRAWSA going forward with Indigenous sovereignty at the forefront.

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