Dr Carl Mika

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Carl Mika
Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy
Senior Lecturer

(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 6151
TL.2.01
mika@waikato.ac.nz
Qualifications
PhDUniversity of Waikato

Biography

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

My iwi affiliations are (among others) Tuhourangi and Ngati Whanaunga.

I come from a background in law, indigenous and Maori studies, and have developed a knowledge base in Western philosophy (especially metaphysics, existentialism and phenomenology). My current research interests are in the representation of philosophy as political act for indigenous peoples, and indigenous philosophical theorising generally.

I completed my PhD thesis in German Studies in 2013. The title of the thesis is 'Reclaiming mystery: A Māori notion of Being, in light of Novalis' ontology'. Since the thesis, I have become increasingly fascinated with an indigenous theory about a metaphysics of presence. I am author of 'The metaphysics of presence and indigenous education', with Routledge publishers, which focuses on the colonising notion that an object can be focused on, and discussed, with complete clarity.

I also have an interest in teacher education and, in particular, the cultural location of prospective teachers.

I enjoy supervising masters and doctoral students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

 

 Publications 

  • Mika, C. (2017). Indigenous education and the metaphysics of presence: A worlded philosophy. Oxon, England: Routledge.
  • Mika, C. & Stewart, G. (in press). Educational philosophy for indigenous people. Educational Philosophy and Theory. [guest editors’ introduction]
  • Peters, M. & Mika, C. (2017). Aborigine, Indian, Indigenous, or first nations? Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1279879.
  • Peters, M. & Mika, C. (Eds.) (in press, August 2017). The dilemma of Western philosophy. London, England: Routledge.
  • Mika, C. (in press). ‘Kaupapa and its uncertainty’, in T. Hoskins & A. Jones (Eds.). Kaupapa Maori: Critical Conversations. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
  • Mika, C. (in press). ‘Counter-colonial and philosophical claims: An indigenous observation of Western philosophy’, in M. Peters & C. Mika (Eds.). The dilemma of Western philosophy. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. 
  • Mika, C. (2016). A counter-colonial speculation on Elizabeth Rata’s –ismJournal of World Philosophies
  • Gardner, M., Brandist, C., White, J., & Mika, C. (2016). Editorial: Bakhtin in the fullness of time. Educational Philosophy and Theory
  • Peters, M., Jandrich, P., Irwin, R., Locke, K., Devine, N., Heraud, R., … Mika, C., … Benade, L. (2016). Towards a philosophy of academic publishing. Educational Philosophy and Theory
  • Stewart, G. & Mika, C. (2016). Editorial: Indigenous knowledge: Past, present, future. Knowledge Cultures, 4(3), 11-14
  • Mika, C. & Southey, K. (2016). Exploring whakaaro: A way of responsive thinking in Maori research. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-9. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1204905. [special issue: eds. C. Mika & G. Stewart
  • Mika, C. (2016). Heidegger’s ‘enframing’ and the indigenous self in education. In M. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (pp. 1-5). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_135
  • Mika, C. (2016). Papatuanuku in a Maori philosophy of education. In M. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (pp. 1-5). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_173-1
  • Mika, C. (2016). Questions on the Global Indigenous. In M. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (pp. 1-5). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_509-1
  • Mika, C. (2016). The ontological and active possibilities of Papatūānuku: To nurture or enframe? Knowledge Cultures, 4(3), 58-71 [special issue: eds. G. Stewart & C. Mika).
  • Mika, C. (2016). Worlded object and its presentation: A Māori philosophy of language. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 12(2), 165-176.
  • Mika, C. (2016). What is intellectual freedom today? A Maori perspective. Continental Thought and Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom, 1(1), 47-48.
  • Mika, C. (2016). Papatuanuku/Papa: Some thoughts on the oppositional grounds of the doctoral experience. Knowledge Cultures, 4(1), 43-55 [special issue: ed. T. Engels-Schwarzpaul].
  • Mika, C. (2016). Some thinking from, and away from, Heidegger. Educational Philosophy and Theory. [special issue: ed. Sam Rocha]. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1165016.
  • Mika, C. & Tiakiwai, S. (2016). Tawhiao’s unstated heteroglossia: Conversations with Bakhtin. Educational Philosophy and Theory. [special issue: eds. M. Gardiner, C. Brandist, C. Mika & J. White]. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1135409.
  • Peters, M. & Mika, C. (2015). Te reo Maori, philosophy and colonialism: A conversation with Maori philosopher Carl Mika. Analysis and Metaphysics, 14, 101-110.
  • Mika, C. (2015). ‘The thing’s revelation: Māori philosophical research,’ in L. Pihama & K. Southey. (Eds.). Kaupapa Rangahau: A Reader. (pp. 53-60). Hamilton, New Zealand: Te Kotahi Research Institute.
  • Mika, C. & Paki, V. (2015). Special section editorial: Te Kōhao o Te Rangahau: The indigenous lens on research. Waikato Journal of Education, 20(2). doi: 10.15663/wje.v20i2.
  • Mika, C. (2015). The thing’s revelation: Māori philosophical research. Waikato Journal of Education, 20(2). doi: 10.15663/wje.v20i2. [special issue: eds. C. Mika & V. Paki].
  • Mika, C. (2015). Novalis’ poetic uncertainty: A Bildung with the absolute. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1068681.
  • Mika, C. (2015). ‘Thereness’: Implications of Heidegger’s ‘presence’ for Maori. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 11(1), 3-13. (feature article).
  • Mika, C. (2015). The co-existence of self and thing through ‘ira’: A Māori phenomenology. Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 2(1), 93-112.
  • Mika, C. & Stewart, G. (2015). Maori in the kingdom of the Gaze: Subjects or critics? Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1013017.
  • Mika, C. (2015). Counter-colonial and philosophical claims: An indigenous observation of Western philosophy. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2014.991498.
  • Stewart, G., Tamatea, K. & Mika, C. (2015). Infinitely welcome: Education, pōwhiri and ethnic performativity. MAI Review. 4(2), 91-103. (feature article).
  • Stewart, G., Mika, C., Cooper, G., Bidois, V., Hoskins, T. (2014). Introducing the Indigenous Philosophy Group (IDG). Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(9), 851-855.
  • Mika, C. (2014). Maori thinking with a dead white male: Philosophizing in the realm of Novalis. Knowledge Cultures, 2(1), 23-39.
  • Mika, C. (2014). The enowning of thought and whakapapa: Heidegger’s Fourfold. Review of Contemporary Philosophy, 13, 48-60.
  • Mika, C. (2014, August 1).  Is empirical research a Māori phenomenon? Māori Association of Social Science: Kawerongo Hiko E-newsletter, 34.
  • Mika, C. (2013). ‘Western ‘sentences that push’ as an Indigenous method for thinking’, in A. Engels-Schwarzpaul & M. Peters. (Eds.). Of other thoughts: Non-traditional ways to the doctorate. A guidebook for candidates and supervisors. (pp. 23-26). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • White, E. & Mika, C. (2013). ‘Coming of age? Infants and toddlers in curriculum’, in Nuttall, J. (Ed.). Weaving Te Whāriki (2nd ed). (pp. 93-113). Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
  • Mika, C. (2012). Overcoming Being in favour of Knowledge: The fixing effect of mātauranga. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(10), 1080-1092.
  • Mika, C. (2012). ‘A review of the law relating to assisted reproductive technology, and its implications for Māori: Application to other areas of law’, in P. Reynolds & C. Smith. (Eds.). The gift of children: Māori and infertility.  (pp. 101-140). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.
  • Mika, C. (2011). ‘Unorthodox assistance: Novalis, Māori, scientism, and an uncertain approach to ‘whakapapa’, in N. Franke & C. Mika. (Eds.). In die Natur – Naturphilosophie und Naturpoetik in interkultureller Perspektive. (pp. 89-108). München, Germany: Goethe Institut.
  • Thrupp, M. & Mika, C. (2011). ‘The politics of teacher development for an indigenous people: Colonising assumptions within Māori education in Aotearoa, New Zealand’, in C. Day (Ed.). The Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development. (pp. 204-213). London, England: Routledge.
  • Pihama, L. & Mika, C. (2011). ‘The Treaty of Waitangi and policy in Māori broadcasting’, in V. M. H. Tawhai and K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.). 'Always Speaking': The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. 175-189). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.
  • Te Wiata, J., Crocket, A., Woolf, V. & Mika, C. (2011). 'Te Tiriti and ethics as dialogue: A unique call to partnership?' In K. Crocket, M. Agee & S. Cornforth. (Eds.). Ethics in Practice: A guide for counsellors. (pp. 21-27). Wellington, New Zealand:Dunmore Publishing. (Contribution to chapter).
  • Mika, C. (2010). A chance for ontology. MAI Review, 2. Retrieved from: www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/viewFile/341/480[invited peer commentary].
  • Mika, C. (2009). Bodysnatching: Changes to Coroners Legislation and Possible Māori Responses. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 5(1), 26-41
  • Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., Baker, V., Hepi, M., Hudson, M., Mika, C., & Tiakiwai, S.J. (2009) The future of rongoā Māori: Wellbeing and sustainability. A report for Te Kete Hauora, Ministry of Health. Client Report FW06113. Christchurch, New Zealand: Institute of Environmental Science and Research.
  • Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., Baker, V., Hepi, M., Hudson, M., Mika, C., & Tiakiwai, S.J. (2009) The future of rongoā Māori: Wellbeing and sustainability. A summary. Christchurch, New Zealand: Institute of Environmental Science and Research.
  • Aranga, M., Mika, C., & Mlcek, S. (2008). Kia Hiwa Ra! The challenges of student support at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. MAI Review. Retrieved from issue 1: http://ojs.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/113/112.
  • Mika, C. (2007). The Utterance, the Body and the Law: Seeking an approach to concretizing the sacredness of Māori language. SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 4(2), 181-205.
  • Mika, C. (2007). ‘Locating the Lisp Gene’, in J. Hutchings & C. Aspin. (Eds.). Sexuality & the stories of indigenous people. (pp.133-140). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.

 Invited presentations (selection)

  • Mika, C. (2016). Worlded thought and object: An indigenous education. WERA Global Ethics International Research Network and The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Mika, C. (2015). The problem of the ‘claim’: Thing- and selfhood in Maori philosophy. World Philosophies Workshop, Society of Oriental and African Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of London, London, UK.
  • Mika, C. (2015). Critical discourse analysis. Presentation at doctoral workshop, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • Mika, C. (2015). Tikanga and ethics; Static worldview in research. Kaupapa Rangahau Workshop (iwi researchers), Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu.
  • Mika, C. (2014). Critiquing ‘method’; Positioning Te Reo and issues of translation; Western theory terminology. Kaupapa Rangahau Workshop, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu.
  • Mika, C. (2014). ‘Presence’ in colonisation: A Maori view. WERA Global Ethics International Research Network and The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Mika, C. (2014). Some Maori ontological issues associated with research. Pedagogy of Educational Transitions Symposium, The University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • Mika, C. (2014). Problematising ‘Ira’: Existential or rational? Member of indigenous panel for Transforming Public Engagement on Controversial Science and Technology, The University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • Mika, C. (2013). Definitions of terms: Epistemology, ontology, method. Presentation to Maori doctoral students, MAI ki Waikato, Kaupapa Rangahau Workshop, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu.
  • Mika, C. (2013). Critical thought and logic. Presentation to Maori doctoral students, MAI ki Waikato, Doctoral Research Skills Wananga, Raglan.

Research projects

  • Honour Aotearoa Project (funded by Health Research Council. Hosted by Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato. Commenced July 2016, for three years. My role: etymological analysis of terms (Maori discourse analysis); leading writing of journal articles.
  • Reynolds, P., Pihama, L., Smith, C., Mika, C., Smith, L. & Hiroti, L. (2010). He Kakano: Traditional and contemporary Maori views and experiences of fertility, reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies. My role: Named investigator. My specific task: to complete a chapter concerning the legal implications of reproductive legislation for Māori, to develop a resource for Māori, to complete a chapter on the language of infertility and a discourse analysis. Report to Health Research Council of New Zealand. 
  • Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., Baker, V., Hepi, M., Hudson, M., Mika, C., Tiakiwai, S. (2006). Sustainability of Rongoā Māori. Report prepared for Te Kete Hauora, Ministry of Health. 
  • Mika, C. (2007). Scoping report – Puhipuhi Te Maruata claims collective. Scoping research undertaken to assist Puhipuhi Te Maruata claims collective in their oral and traditional evidence for Whāngarei District Inquiry – Waitangi Tribunal. Prepared for Crown Forestry Rental Trust.
  • Johnston, P., Mika C. (2006). Social Change in the Eastern Bay of Plenty: Outcomes of the Forestry Industry on Māori Communities. Report for Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Whakatāne.
  • Tiakiwai, S., Mika, C. (2005). Learning Communities. Co-principal investigator. Report for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Whakatāne.

 

Supervision

Doctoral theses

Completed

  • Palmer, F. (2016). Building sustainable Papakāinga to support Māori aspirations for self-determination. PhD thesis, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland. Supervisor.

 

Enrolled 

  • Southey, K. Rangatahi rights of informed consent in selecting mental health therapies. PhD thesis, School of Philosophy, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Co-chief supervisor.
  • Edwards, A. Counting indigeneity: Blood quantum ideology in Canada, New Zealand and United States of America. PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Supervisor.
  • Heaton, S. Kia whai kikokiko te whare tapa whā: Reconstructing a ‘whare’ body of knowledge to inform future ‘hauora’ developments. PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Supervisor. Recipient of 2014 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Award.
  • Zhou, Sa. Pop Literatur für Lehrerde:Eine Untersuchung über die Anwendung der Neu-Deutsch-Popliteratur im DaF Unterricht. PhD thesis, School of German Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Supervisor.
  • Green, A. Mātauranga Māori in Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy in New Zealand: Lessons from a Comparative Policy Study. PhD thesis, School of Maori and Pacific Development, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Second supervisor.
  • Chalmers, J. Young Maori and sexuality. PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Supervisor.
  • Hossein, S. Negotiating knowledge transitions: Iranian PhD candidacy in New Zealand. PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. Supervisor.
  • Hayes, S. Imaginary Friends. PhD thesis, Te Hononga, Faculty of Education. Supervisor.

  

Academic and Organising Committees 

  • 2016. Chair of University of Waikato FEDU Ethics Committee
  • 2016 - Member of University of Waikato Human Research Ethics Committee
  • 2016 - Member of University of Waikato Health Research Ethics Committee
  • 2015. Dean’s Executive Group, The University of Waikato.
  • 2015. Academic Programmes Committee, The University of Waikato.
  • 2008 – current. Te Whakaminenga.
  • 2008 - 2011, 2015 - 2016 - Faculty of Education Ethics Committee member.
  • 2006 – 2008. Chair of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Masters Committee
  • 2006 - 2008. Chair of Indigenous and Māori Studies Academic Discipline Group.
  • 2004 - 2008. Member: Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Academic Sub-Committee; Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Research Committee; Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Ethics Committee.

Affiliations

  • 2015 - Member: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Executive Committee
  • 2015 – Associate member of Difference, Disability, Inclusion Research Unit (University of Waikato).
  • 2014 – Co-convenor, Indigenous Philosophy Group (Philosophy of Education Society Australasia).
  • 2013 – Associate member of Center for Global Studies in Education.
  • 2004 – 2010. Te Atawhai o te Ao Research Institute, Whanganui.

Awards

  • 2017 - Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Book Award

Editorial duties

  • Co-editor - Knowledge Cultures
  • Co-editor - Contemporary Review of Law and Social Justice
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Editorial Collective
  • Chair - Maori Co-Publishing Committee with the University of Waikato and Huia Publishers. 
  • World Philosophies Series (Mimesis International).
  • Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal.
  • Journal of Global Education and Research (member of editorial advisory board).