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    I am reading through 'both ways' literature of Yolngu and non-Yolngu working their knowledge systems together. Alongside I am reading Lorraine Code's 2006 book Ecological Thinking. I am also browsing through blogs and discussions on knowledge work and community development.
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    Here I post some of my work and thinking. It is a much harder task than I thought! It is an extension of my research on knowledge and difference connecting my experiences, reflections, formal written pieces, and hopefully friends and colleagues. As work and self cannot be separate this blog is both personal and intellectual. Comments are moderated because, while it is a site for collective work, it is not anonymous.
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About Me & Publications

I enjoy research and thinking and spend much of my time doing so. I am interested in knowledge and how it is understood, worked and produced in the context of difference: difference between knowledge systems, knowledge practices, metaphysics, ways of life, and power particularly where they emerge between Indigenous  and non-Indigenous Australians, teachers and students, the academy and its outside, the sciences and other ways of knowing.

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry. My research project is working with the Yolŋu (Yolngu) people of North East Arnhem Land, Australia, and their non-Indigenous colleagues at Melbourne Uni and Charles Darwin Uni working on problems of knowledge, research method and teaching.  Specifically I am puzzling through what theories of knowledge might be appropriate for cross cultural work in Australia after a year of experiences living an working in a remote Indigenous community in North East Arnhem Land.

My thesis began being entitled “Community Development as Knowledge Work: Toward an Emergent Metaphysics Analytic” and has since been changed to “Using the challenge of encounter between radically different knowledge traditions to develop a general theory of knowledge: an investigation through numbers.”  The publications below provide the best examples of my research trajectory.

I have often been able to find work with strong connection to my research: in teaching, cross cultural consultancies and facilitation.  I am always looking for interesting projects and research to be a part of, so if you interested in what I do please see my full resume and contact details below.

email: christianjclark@gmail.com

soon …


“Merri Creek Collectives” (forthcoming) in Doing Business with Nature: Australia’s New Era of Natural Resource Management, Helen Verran (ed.), University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.
This is a reworking of my honors thesis which was an exegesis of Bruno Latour’s Politics of Nature.

“Developing a Theory of Transdisciplinarity that can Deal with Indigenous Knowledge: The Yolŋu Consultants Initiative” (2007) HPSSA Conference, University of Melbourne, November 16 2007.
This is my PhD confirmation paper outlining the analytic framing for my methodology.

“Indigenous Knowledge Resource Management Northern Australia: Garma 2004” (2004), Charles Darwin University / Yothu Yindi Foundation / NLC.
This was submitted for a final year STS course.

“Billabongs of the Yarra: spaces of difference in Melbourne” (2006), Crossings, 11.2, International Australian Studies Association.
This paper is a reworking of a submitted for a final year cultural studies course.

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