AlterNative at the Arctic Indigenous Education Conference
AlterNative journal patron Professor Linda T. Smith and editorial board member Dr. Jelena Porsanger (both pictured here in the middle holding the green journal issues) hosted two side events on AlterNative at the Arctic Indigenous Education conference in Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Conference delegates were able to hear Linda's first-hand account of what led to the establishment of the journal.
In 2004, AlterNative was launched by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga to provide an innovative new forum for indigenous scholars to set their own agendas, content and arguments and establish a unique new standard of excellence in indigenous scholarship.The intention was not only to showcase themes of indigenous knowledge and epistemologies but also to document the emergence of different indigenous methodologies and value systems within an academic environment. Linda T. Smith and the other founding editors wanted to highlight alternative research ethics and perspectives and also allow for the ongoing analyses of the challenges facing indigenous people worldwide, at what was the beginning of a new century. Over the last twelve years, AlterNative has led the field in delivering a multidisciplinary journal, maturing side by side with this international Indigenous academic community and generating a deeper understanding of the issues their communities face. AlterNative is demonstrating its increased profile and impact internationally, with over 230 articles published since 2004.
AlterNative editorial board member Dr. Jelena Porsanger also gave a presentation "Feature articles on Traditional knowledge," by drawing on our special issue "Indigenous knowledges impacting the environment," Volume 10, Issue 5, 2014. Both presentations received great interest from conference delegates and Linda and Jelena were able to respond to queries about the types of papers published in AlterNative, author requirements and the journal's ranking. To read more about the launch of AlterNative in 2004, and its developments up until the 10th anniversary in 2014, access the editors' foreword to Volume 10, Issue 4 here.