Space, Race, Bodies II : sovereignty and migration in a carceral age

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Confirmed Speakers

Fadak Alfayadh (RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees)

Tracey Barnett (Independent Journalist)

Stephanie Fryberg (University of Washington)

Mengzhu Fu (Shakti Youth)

Wairere Tame Iti
Moana Jackson
Crystal McKinnon and Emma Russell (Flat Out)
Suzanne Menzies-Culling and Marie Laufiso (Tauiwi Solutions)
Margaret Mutu (University of Auckland)
Emilie Rākete (No Pride In Prisons
Annette Sykes
Teanau Tuino 

Suzanne Menzies-Culling

Suzanne is descended from settlers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Guernsey and Antigua. An activist, she has also been working as an adult educator since the early 1980s through groups such as the Dunedin Anti-Racism Coalition, Otepoti Black Women's Group and Corso. From 1982- 1986 she worked as Otago/Southland Regional Coordinator for Corso Inc. and from 1993 - 2000 was Corso’s National Coordinator. 


Both Suzanne Menzies-Culling and Marie Laufiso were founding members of Te Whanau a Matariki, a Dunedin based group that was active in the Nuclear Free and independent Pacific Movement in the 1980s and 90s. They are also founding members of Freedom Roadworks, a family based community group consisting of Maori, Samoan, Tokelau/Tongan, Cook Island and Pakeha families, which is based in Dunedin and works together on issues of justice, support for tino rangatiratanga, peace and freedom for all peoples.

Margeret Mutu

Margaret Mutu is of Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua and Scottish descent. She is the Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland where she teaches and conducts research on Māori language, tikanga (law), history and traditions, rights and sovereignty, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and treaty claims against the English Crown, constitutional transformation and Māori-Chinese encounters. 

Emilie Rākete


Emma Russell

Emma has been a volunteer with Flat Out, a support and advocacy organisation working alongside criminalised women in Victoria, since 2011. From 2014 she worked at Flat Out as a Co-Coordinator of the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People until the project finished in mid-2015. Emma also holds a PhD in Criminology and researches in the areas of sexuality, gender, and criminal justice; penal reform discourses; and abolitionist resistance. She has published in Theoretical Criminology, Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Crime, Media, Culture among others.

Annette Sykes

Annette Sykes is a Treaty rights activist and human rights lawyer specialising in the rights of indigenous peoples to promote their own systems of law and has a strong focus in her career on all aspects of law as they affect Māori especially constitutional change. She has been an active member of the New Zealand Criminal Bar, the Family Courts Association and Te Hunga Roia Māori, (Māori Law Society) and is an advocate in the specialist jurisdictions of the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court and Appellate courts as well as the other general courts of New Zealand. Annette is renowned for her activism and protest against the New Zealand government on issues affecting Māori and this has been an active part of her career and community activities. Annette has been practicing law since 1984 and currently practising in Rotorua.

Teanau Tuiono

Teanau Tuiono is community activist. He is a part of of the Cook Islands diaspora living in Aotearoa along with being from Ngāi Takoto and Ngāpuhi. He has been active in organising on Indigenous Peoples issues at the local, national and international levels.

Moana Jackson

Moana Jackson is a New Zealand Māori lawyer specialising in Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional issues. Moana Jackson is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent.

In 1988 he co-founded (with now Judge Caren Fox) the first Māori Community Law Centre, Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Ture (the Māori Legal Service).

He also teaches in the Māori Law and Philosophy degree programme at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, the largest indigenous people’s tertiary college in the world.

Moana graduated in Law from Victoria University in Wellington; was Director of the Māori Law Commission; was appointed Judge on the international People’s Tribunal in 1993 and has since then sat on hearings in Hawai'i, Canada and Mexico. He was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Victoria University Law School in 1995, and was elected Chair of the Indigenous People's Caucus of the United Nations working Group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Moana teaches on the Māori Law and Philosophy degree programme at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and wrote about restorative justice in a highly acclaimed report in 1988, called ‘Māori and the Criminal Justice System’. 

He also continues work on a number of international indigenous issues and is currently a member of a United Nations Human Rights Working Group. Since 2011 he has co-chaired with Professor Margaret Mutu the Independent Iwi working Group on constitutional Transformation which has held over 300 hui around the country discussing the need for Treaty-based constitutional change. The Report of the Working Group was released on Waitangi Day 2016.

Marie Laufiso

Marie is a Dunedin-born Samoan (also Tongan) activist and first-born of six. Although an Otago alumna, she is from Corso, her first university. Through Corso, Marie was very privileged to learn from and host tangata whenua accompanying international manuhiri visiting Dunedin. Attending national and international conferences also taught her much and she now works at community development level to “give back” and in order to build a sound legacy for the now-born 2nd and 3rd generations of her family.

Both Marie Laufiso and Suzanne Menzies-Culling  were founding members of Te Whanau a Matariki, a Dunedin based group that was active in the Nuclear Free and independent Pacific Movement in the 1980s and 90s. They are also founding members of Freedom Roadworks, a family based community group consisting of Maori, Samoan, Tokelau/Tongan, Cook Island and Pakeha families, which is based in Dunedin and works together on issues of justice, support for tino rangatiratanga, peace and freedom for all peoples.

Crystal McKinnon

Crystal McKinnon is an Amangu woman from the Yamatji nation on the west coast of Australia. She is currently the Project Coordinator at Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service, which provides crisis support, refuge, and case management to women and children experiencing family violence. Crystal has served as a Research Officer with Native Title Services Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. She is currently on the board of Flat Out Ltd, the steering committee for the newly founded Law and Advocacy Centre for Women, and was a board member of Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Associated Ltd for over seven years.

Crystal is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Historical and European Studies at Latrobe University.  Her thesis examines Indigenous resistance to oppression through the use of the creative arts, including music and literature. In 2014, she was the course coordinator and lecturer for Australian Indigenous Politics at the University of Melbourne. Crystal is the co-editor of History, Power and Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies (UTS ePress, 2014), and has had several articles published addressing indigenous politics, and the intersection between gender, crime and homelessness.  Her work has been published in Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity (Palgrave, 2010), the Alternative Law Journal, and Parity

Fadak Alfayadh

Fadak Alfayadh is from a refugee background and is a representative of RISE : Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Law at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Fadak has been involved with Melbourne based refugee organisation, RISE since 2012. RISE the first refugee and asylum seeker welfare and advocacy organisation in Australia, entirely run and staffed by refugees, asylum seekers, and ex-detainees. Fadak is one of the directors of RISE and has been working with different refugee community groups in helping them settle into Australia as well as assisting with their legal cases. Fadak has a great passion for human rights, especially the rights of those seeking asylum due to conflict and violence as well as the international and national rights of refugees. Further, Fadak has been involved in a number of events advocating for refugee and asylum seeker rights within Australia.

Tracey Barnett

Tracey Barnett has been a columnist for The New Zealand Herald and a contributor to The Sunday Star Times, The Christchurch PressThe Listener and The Otago Daily Times, among others.

She is also the creator of a campaign against mandatory detention of asylum seekers in New Zealand called, “We Are Better Than That” and is the author of The Quiet War on Asylum, published by Bridget Williams Books.

Doug Ditfort

Ko Doug Ditfort tētahi kai pūrākau nō te kurakura o Kai Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Rapuvai hoki. Doug Ditfort is a local story-teller of Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Rapuvai descent.

Stephanie Fryberg

Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg is Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and Psychology at the University of Washington. As a social and cultural psychologist, her primary research interests focus on how social representations of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, physical health, and educational attainment. Select publications include: The truly diverse faculty: New dialogues in American higher education (Edited volume coauthored with E. J. Martínez), Cultural models of education and academic performance for Native American and European American students (with R. Covarrubias & J. Burack), Unseen disadvantage: How American Universities' focus on independence undermines the academic performance of first-generation college students (with N. M. Stephens, H.R. Markus, C. Johnson, & R. Covarrubias), When the world is colorblind, American Indians are invisible: A diversity science approach (with N. M. Stephens), Of warrior chiefs and Indian princesses: The psychological consequences of American Indian mascots on American Indians (with H.R. Markus, D. Oyserman, & J. M. Stoneand Identity-based motivation and health (with D. Oyserman & N. Yoder). Dr. Fryberg received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Louise Kidder Early Career Award, the University of Arizona Five Star Faculty Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University.

Mengzhu Fu

Mengzhu works as a youth project coordinator at Shakti Legal Advocacy and Family Social Services which focuses on eliminating family violence in Asian, Middle Eastern and African communities in Tamaki-Makaurau (Auckland). She had recently finished her MA in Social Anthropology which was a feminist ethnographic study of Asian migrant youth survivors of family violence and it highlighted the structural violence in survivors' lives after leaving abusive family environments.

Tame Iti

Tame Iti is a Tuhoe who is known as many things ... Activist, Artist, Terrorist, and Cyclist. Living in the heart of the Tuhoe Nation.