This map attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from 1988-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims. David R Horton (creator), © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, 1996. No reproduction without permission. To purchase a print version visit:

The School acknowledges the precedence and continuity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander custodians of the Australian continent, their contribution to knowledge, and pays our respects to elders, past, present and emerging.

With more than 370 million Indigenous people worldwide and Indigenous politics featuring as a prominent and crucial debate in the Australian polity, the School of Political Science and International Studies is committed to increasing Indigenous engagement. Since 2010 the School has led a range of initiatives from provocative fora such as “How white is your university?” to recent commitments to include more Indigenous issues and perspectives in the curriculum. These efforts now continue as part of UQ’s commitment to reconciliation through its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

How the Country was Run

How the Country was Run featuring Dr. Mary Graham, by Brian MacNamara

After a long association, Kombumerri educator and philosopher Dr. Mary Graham formally joined the School as Adjunct Associate Professor. Dr. Graham contributes to a series of discussions on “How the Country was Run”, focusing on Aboriginal conceptions of governance and socio-political order and how these interact with European counterparts under the conditions of settler-colonialism

Postgraduate Course in Indigenous Politics

Students at UQ

The School now offers a course at the postgraduate level ‘Indigenous Politics Within and Beyond the State’. POLS7190 examines the relationship between Indigenous and mainstream conceptions of political community, sovereignty, power, rights, law, diplomacy and conflict to question, reflect, and expand upon dominant understandings of (international) politics. The course also helps students to increase their understanding of Indigenous peoples enhance capacities for working across cultural difference. It is taught (in alternate years) by Dr Morgan Brigg and Dr Liz Strakosch.

Indigenous Teaching and Learning

Students on the Great Court

Dr Morgan Brigg completed a project with UQ’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation on ‘Lateral Pedagogy: Building Cultural Competence and Embedding Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledges in Curricula’. The project lays a foundation for building Indigenous cultural competence and embedding Indigenous perspectives and knowledges in curricula. If you would like to see the report, please contact Dr Morgan Brigg. 

Artwork on Display


The School has acknowledged its association with prominent artist and Adjunct Professor Fiona Foley through the purchase and display of her ‘OPIUM #5—LABOUR’

The poppies in Fiona’s work reference the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act (1897) that strictly controlled Aboriginal people in Queensland, stripping them of many basic rights.

Courting Blakness

Courting Blackness

In 2014 the School contributed to “Courting Blakness” an innovative art installation by Indigenous artists in the University’s Great Court. Check out the archived website through Pandora and the accompanying book published by UQ Press


Elizabeth Strakosch's new book

A number of academics in the School actively publish on Indigenous politics in a range of outlets. Selected publications include: