Decolonising our thinking, feelings, and actions

September 7, 2023
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)
Event series: Earth Laws Month 2023
Links discussed during the webinar

Please join this important event, that will explore how we can decolonise our thinking, feelings and actions. This workshop will explore key scholarship on Western culture, colonisation and modern societies, as well as explore how we learn about and understand Indigenous and non-western worldviews, perspectives and philosophies. We'll then discuss practical actions that we can all take, to decolonise our actions and create new ways forward together in the Australian context.



Dr Mary Graham is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, and has written and spoken extensively about Aboriginal philosophy, ethics, politics and social issues. Mary grew up in South-East Queensland, and is a Kombu-merri person through her father’s heritage and a Wakka Wakka clan through her mother’s heritage. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities. Mary has been a dedicated lecturer with the University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal history, politics and comparative philosophy. Mary has written and published many prominent works, including – publications in the Aboriginal Encyclopaedia, training modules for Cross Cultural Awareness and a host of academic papers.


Professor Yin Paradies is an Aboriginal-Asian-Anglo Australian of the Wakaya people from the Gulf of Carpentaria. He is Chair in Race Relations at Deakin university. He conducts research on the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice across diverse settings, including online, in workplaces, schools, universities, housing, the arts, sports and health. He also teaches and undertakes research in Indigenous knowledges and decolonisation. Yin is an anarchist radical scholar and climate / ecological activist who is committed to understanding and interrupting the devastating impacts of modern societies. He seeks meaningful mutuality of becoming and embodied kinship with all life through transformed ways of knowing, being and doing that are grounded in wisdom, humility, respect, generosity, down-shifted collective sufficiency, voluntary simplicity, frugality, direct participation and radical localisation.


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle began her career as an environmental lawyer, and then broadened her work to include multi-disciplinary approaches to creating Earth-centred governance and systems change (Earth jurisprudence/Earth laws). Michelle now designs and manages educational and social change initiatives that promote bioregional stewardship and governance, reimagining law and economics, empowering communities, and learning from different cultural approaches to ecological care, Earth-centred ethics and the arts. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page: