The Ara Irititja team have regularly represented the project with presentations at conferences and workshops in a number of locations in Australia.

ATSIC Regional Council
5 June 1997 Marree

Oral History Association of Australia
National Biennial Conference ‘Crossing Borders’
3 – 7 September 1997 Alice Springs

Oral History Association of Australia
South Australian Branch
Alice in Adelaide’
18 October 1997 Adelaide

State Records of South Australia
‘Ara Irititja Multi Media Presentation’
14 November 1997 Adelaide

State Records of South Australia
‘Cross Cultural Awareness Day’
30 April 1998 Adelaide

‘Law and Justice Conference’
25 – 28 May 1998 Umuwa

ATSIC National Indigenous Languages Conference
‘Archive Management’
22 – 24 September 1998 Alice Springs

National Library of Australia
‘Community Heritage Grants Workshop’
4 November 1998 Canberra

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Information and Resource Network
‘Cultural Survival, Cultural Revival: the role of the information professional’
Keynote Address ‘Ara Irititja Archive Project’
16 – 18 October 2000 Canberra

‘Indigenous Identities: Oral, Written Expressions and New Technologies’
15 – 18 May 2001 Paris

‘Working Group of United Nations for Indigenous Populations’
26 July 2001 Geneva

‘The Journey From Federation to a Shared Future: a Reconciliation Forum’
14 October 2001 Adelaide

The Australian Registrars Committee
‘Perpetuation of Myths in Museum Documentation and Archives’
‘Ara Irititja: a community generated digital archive’
8 March 2002 Adelaide

Australian Society of Archivists
Annual Conference

‘Past caring? What does Society expect of Archivists?’
‘The Ara Irititja Archival Project: Indigenous community expectations, ownership and control’
13 – 17 August 2002 Sydney

Strehlow Research Centre
‘Traditions in the midst of Change’
‘The Ara Irititja Archival Project: Death and Tears, Pubes and Bongs. Reinforcing Indigenous protocols in an age of online access’
18 – 20 September 2002 Alice Springs

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
‘Genealogy Workshop’
‘The Ara Irititja Archival Project’
5 – 6 October 2002 Canberra

Alice Springs Public Library
‘Local Knowledge Collection’
‘Ara Winki – Life on the Pitjantjatjara Lands‘
11 December 2002 Alice Springs

Native Title Conference
‘Ara Irititja Archive: Discussion and demonstration’
3 – 5 June 2003 Alice Springs

Professional Historians Association (SA) Workshop
7 September 2004 Adelaide

Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre Conference
‘Ara Irititja: Indigenous Memories in a Digital Age’
9 – 11 February 2005 Alice Springs

SA Department of Environment and Heritage
Heritage Friday Forum
‘Ara Irititja Multi-Media Archive Project’
4 November 2005 Adelaide

Australasian Conference on Information Systems
‘Socialising IT: Thinking about the People’
‘Ara Irititja: a challenge to IT best practice in remote Indigenous Australia’
30 November – 2 December 2005 Sydney

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
‘Visions of Australia Forum’
27 -28 February 2006

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Schools and Anangu Tertiary Education Program
Annual Conference
‘Using Ara Irititja in schools’
July 2006 Alice Springs

SA Indigenous Community Arts Development Project
‘Sharing Our Stories’
‘Archive Access Project: owning history – making records accessible to Indigenous people’
7 – 8 August 2006 Adelaide

Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre
‘Looking Back, Now Today, Looking Forward’
1 – 3 November 2006 Alice Springs

SNAICC Resource Centre
‘Using Our Knowledge(s) to Grow up Strong Kids’
7 – 8 December 2006 Melbourne

Anangu Education Services
Aboriginal Lands District ICT Expo
‘Research with Ara Irititja’
19 May 2007 Mimili SA

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
‘Culture and Recreation Portal’
13 – 14 June 2007 Canberra


The Ara Irititja team have contributed to a number of academic books and journals. Anangu have also contributed as co-authors. Following presentations at two conferences at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Sally Anga Scales was co-author in a research publication by AIATSIS in 2013. Rene Kulitja participated in an international conference in Perth that was then published in 2018. Also following a conference presentation in Alice Springs, Janet Inyika was co-author of a book chapter published in 2017 and then another in 2019. Sadly both were completed after her passing.

Thorner, S, Rive, L, Dallwitz, J & Inyika, J (2019), ‘Never giving up: Negotiating, culture-making, and the infinity of the archive’, in Barwick, L, Green, J & Vaarzon-Morel, P (eds.) Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, University of Hawai’I Press, Honolulu, pp. 263-284.

Dallwitz, D, Dallwitz, J & Lowish, S (2019), ‘Ara Irititja and Ara Winki in the APY Lands: connecting archives to communities through mobile apps on portable devices’. Archives and Manuscripts, 47/1, pp. 35-52.

Kulitja, R, Rive, L, Dallwitz, J & Lowish, S (2018), ‘Singing the Archive – Presenting Ara Irititja’, un Magazine, Issue 12.1, pp. 6-25.

Dallwitz, J, Inyika, J, Lowish, S and Rive, L (2017), ‘Our Art, Our Way: Towards an Anangu Art History with Ara Irititja’, in Jorgensen, D and McLean, I (eds.) Indigenous archives: the making and unmaking of Aboriginal art, UWA Publishing, Crawley.

Thorner, S & Dallwitz, J (2015), ‘Storytelling Photographs, Animating Anangu: How Ara Irititja – an Indigenous Digital Archive in Central Australia – Facilitates Cultural Reproduction’, in Decker, J (ed.) Technology and Digital Initiatives: Innovative Approaches for Museums, Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland, pp. 53-60.

Scales, S, Burke, J, Dallwitz, J, Lowish, S & Mann D (2013), ‘The Ara Irititja Project: Past, present, future’ in Ormond-Parker, L, et al (eds.) Information Technologies and Indigenous Communities, AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra, pp.151-169.

Hughes, M & Dallwitz, J (2007), ‘Ara Irititja: Towards Culturally Appropriate IT Best Practice in Remote Indigenous Australia’ in Dyson, L, Hendriks, M & Grant, S (eds.) Information Technology and Indigenous People, IGI Global, Pennsylvania, pp.146-158.