“You can never bathe in the same river twice” (Heraclitus): Pedagogies of humility, agility and relationality, and a little river magic, to support Indigenous higher education (September 1, 2022)

Key details

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022
  • 1pm – 2pm (AEST)
  • Free
  • Online (Zoom session ↗)
  • Dr Melinda Lewis


The following resources were made available after the session:

1. Slides (as a PDF file)

2. Video-recording:

Event description

This webinar will share some of my more affective experiences of human connection through on-campus, on-country and online cultural mentoring to support Indigenous Australian cultural competence. I will speak from my reflections on the curious ways of working when on one shoreline I feel deeply drawn towards Indigenous pedagogies and research methods, and in my own doctoral research, whilst on the other I experience intellectual shame risking cultural protocols and insensitivity. Based on my history, identity, and biography, I feel I have to flow like a tide, seeking humility and agility while building relationality with people, forms of knowledge and their systems, the natural and social worlds, and through insights of my many selves.

I offer an analogy of the river, where sometimes we may feel adrift, lonely, and disconnected, at other times, sublimely in the flow to the touch. Exploring these interplays through grounded practices and protocols aims to invite navigational stories in teaching for learning, and developing sensitivities written into Indigenous scholarship. Built on culturally nuanced relationships, these ways of working can be deep and rewarding.

Recording information

Please note: the event will be recorded and made available later as a video on the HERDSA NSW Branch website. Attendees are asked to bear this in mind, especially if/when engaging with the presenters or other attendees during the event.



Dr Melinda Lewis ↗ is a non-Aboriginal woman from the Hawkesbury Valley (Dharug nation) on the outskirts of Sydney; she has worked across the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and now the University of Technology Sydney supporting Indigenous curriculum and teacher professional learning.

[Page updated on September 21, 2022]