Keynote Speaker

Kirsten Thorpe

Kirsten Thorpe (Worimi, Port Stephens) is a Senior Researcher at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Kirsten has broad interests in research and engagement with Indigenous protocols and decolonising practices in the library and archive fields, and the broader GLAM sector. Kirsten advocates for the 'right of reply' to records and capacity building and support for the development of local Indigenous digital keeping places. Kirsten is a PhD Candidate at Monash University, Faculty of Information Technology where she recently submitted her thesis titled "Unclasping the White Hand: Reclaiming and Refiguring the Archives to Support Indigenous Wellbeing and Sovereignty". Kirsten's research interests relate to supporting Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty over the management of Indigenous knowledges, with a particular focus on engagement with archives. Kirsten has extensive experience working in major collecting institutions, across public libraries and archives to support Indigenous engagement and priorities. Kirsten is an invited member of the International Council on Archives Expert Group on Indigenous Matters.