Chelsea Watego - Professor of Indigenous Health

September Guest Space: Reflections on racial violence in the colony

Join us for our September Guest Space, hosted by Chelsea Watego.


This seminar will outline how I came to race as a ‘Blackfulla’ in being both First Nations and first-raced in so-called ‘Australia’. I will also share my reflections on waging war against race, personally, intellectually and politically, illuminating an understanding of an ethics of anti-racist practice that foregrounds the knowledges, experiences and wellbeing of victims of racial violence, in both process and outcomes.


Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman with over 20 years of experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher. Chelsea’s work has drawn attention to the role of race in the production of health inequalities. Her current ARC Discovery Grant seeks to build an Indigenist Health Humanities as a new field of research; one that is committed to the survival of Indigenous peoples locally and globally, and foregrounds Indigenous intellectual sovereignty. She is a prolific writer and public intellectual, having written for IndigenousX, NITV, The Guardian, and The Conversation. She is a founding board member of Inala Wangarra, an Indigenous community development association within her community, a founding Director of the Institute for Collaborative Race Research, and was one half of the Wild Black Women radio/podcast show, but most importantly, she is also a proud mum to five beautiful children. Her debut book Another Day in the Colony, published by UQ Press, released in November 2021 has been met with critical acclaim, having been shortlisted for two categories in the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (non-fiction, Indigenous).


Watego, C (2021) Always bet on Black (power): The fight against race in the colony. Meanjin Quarterly, Spring

Audio: #8: Chelsea Watego – Always Bet on Black (Power) (

Text: Always Bet on Black (Power) (

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Sep 16 2022


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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