About the conference

International Indigenous Astronomy Conference from 27 - 29 July 2022
at the Royal Marang Hotel, Phokeng, Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa.

The conference aims to contribute to the understanding of the value of indigenous astronomy, advocacy and communication programmes, improved research methodologies, epistemologies and philosophies. Other outcomes include the launch of the international indigenous astronomy experts’ society, publication of the proceedings and recommendations, which will be disseminated to stakeholders. Policy briefs and research notes will also be produced to share with policy makers.

Conference objectives

This international conference’s strategic objectives will be:

  • To bring together Indigenous Knowledge Systems experts, Indigenous Astronomy experts, researchers, scholars including indigenous knowledge holders and practitioners to establish the International Indigenous Astronomy Experts Society (IIAES).
  • To promote indigenous astronomy as a paradigm for social, cultural, educational and economic development and empowerment.

  • The conference will provide a platform for deliberations on strategies and policies in indigenous astronomy research, but also address best practices.

  • The conference will promote dialogues, critical conversations and debates on inter / multi / transdisciplinary conventions of IKS.


Conference Key note speakers:

Day One

Dr Jarita Holbrook

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Day Two

Dr Duane Willis Hamacher

University of Melbourne, Australia

Day Three

Mkhulu Zweli Hlongwane

Zindzi Mandela Foundation, South Africa

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