Designing digital and creative scaffolds to strengthen Indigenous nations: being Wiradjuri by practicing sovereignty

Akama, Y, Evans, D, Keen, S, McMillan, F, McMillan, M and West, P 2017, 'Designing digital and creative scaffolds to strengthen Indigenous nations: being Wiradjuri by practicing sovereignty', Digital Creativity, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 58-72.


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Title Designing digital and creative scaffolds to strengthen Indigenous nations: being Wiradjuri by practicing sovereignty
Author(s) Akama, Y
Evans, D
Keen, S
McMillan, F
McMillan, M
West, P
Year 2017
Journal name Digital Creativity
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 58
End page 72
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The proliferation of digitally mediated DIY practices constitutes new modalities of political expression and participation, shaping how citizenship is enacted and performed. However, our paper begins by problematizing concepts of citizenship in media and communication contexts that only speaks to identity-formation. For Indigenous Australians, citizenship does not need to be asserted or constructed-they are sovereign and they have never ceded their land, rights or identity. Pursuing this argument, we share insights of various digital and creative scaffolds that are being designed with Wiradjuri people as continuous 'infrastructuring' to express and practice Wiradjuri sovereignty. This exploration is enabling a political identity to form and creating multiple places to be Wiradjuri together. We also discuss how designing digital and creative scaffolds can be considered as a meeting place of sovereigns, to attend to a consciousness that non-Indigenous people are also practising their own sovereignty in relation to respecting Indigenous sovereignty/ies.
Subject Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Participatory design
Indigenous Nation
sovereignty
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14626268.2017.1291525
Copyright notice © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN 1462-6268
Additional Notes This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Digital Creativity in 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14626268.2017.1291525
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