Dr Carl TH Mika

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Associate Professor


Education; Globalisation; Indigenous Rights; Law; Maori; Philosophy

Qualifications: PhD, MIS, LLB

Iwi: Tuhourangi, Ngati Whanaunga

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Mika, AProf Carl 6151 mika TL.2.01 Te Whiringa Educational Leadership and P

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About Carl

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

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

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 of clarity/obscurity, and in 2017  I won a Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Book Award for my book titled 'Indigenous Education and the Metaphysics of Presence: A worlded philosophy', published by Routledge.

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 co-convene the Indigenous Philosophy Group (Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia), am co-editor of the journals Knowledge Cultures and Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice and am associate editor of Online Journal of World Philosophies.

I also have an interest in research methods and methodologies (particularly those which relate to philosophical approaches), and incorporate those interests into my role as co-chair of the Faculty of Education Ethics Committee.

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

Research Supervised



  • Palmer, F. (2016). Papakāinga Development: Negotiating on Contested ground, Māori self-determination and assertion of tino rangatiratanga in building sustainable communities. PhD, Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland. External supervisor.

Currently enrolled

  • Southey, K. Rangatahi rights of informed consent in selecting mental health therapies. School of Philosophy, Co-chief supervisor.
  • Heaton, S. Kia whai kikokiko te whare tapa whā: Reconstructing a ‘whare’ body of knowledge to inform future ‘hauora’ developments. Faculty of Education. 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. German Studies.
  • Green, A. Mātauranga Māori in Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy in New Zealand: Lessons from a Comparative Policy Study. Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies.
  • Chalmers, J. Young Maori and sexuality. PhD thesis, Te Hononga, Faculty of Education.
  • Hossein, S. Negotiating knowledge transitions: Iranian PhD candidacy in New Zealand. Faculty of Education.
  • Hayes, S. Imaginary Friends. Faculty of Education.
  • Matapo, J. Reimagining leadership in Pasifika Education and Research. Faculty of Education. Auckland University of Technology. External supervisor.
  • Cameron-Lewis, V. A new feminist materialist reading of sexuality education in New Zealand secondary schools. Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Recipient of 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Award. External supervisor.

Masters thesis/dissertation supervision

Currently enrolled

  • Salsano, M. Whakapapa and polyphony in the fiction of a contemporary female Māori writer. Master of Education thesis (3-paper), The University of Waikato, Hamilton.


I have supervised several masters theses and dissertations, as well as summer internships, on various themes.

Research Interests

Forthcoming publications

  • Peters, M. & Mika, C. (Eds.) The dilemma of Western philosophy. London, England: Taylor & Francis.
  • Mika, C. & Stewart, G. Educational Philosophy for Indigenous People. Educational Philosophy and Theory.
  • Mika, C. ‘The uncertain kaupapa of kaupapa Maori’, in T. Hoskins & A. Jones. (Eds.). Kaupapa Maori: Critical Conversations. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.
  • Mika, C. ‘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.

Research projects

Current - named investigator

  • Honour Aotearoa Project. Hosted by Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato. Health Research Council.

Recent Publications

  • Stewart, G., & Mika, C. (2018). Unsettling binaries of knowledge, culture and education. Knowledge Cultures, 6(2), 7-8. doi:10.22381/KC6220181

  • Mika, C., & Stewart, G. (2018). Introduction: Dominance and critique in and of education. Knowledge Cultures, 6(1), 7-9. doi:10.22381/KC6120181

  • Peters, M. A., & Mika, C. T. (2017). Aborigine, Indian, indigenous or first nations?. Educational Philospohy and Theory, 1-6. doi:10.1080/00131857.2017.1279879

  • Mika, C. (2017). Indigenous education and the metaphysics of presence A worlded philosophy. Routledge. Retrieved from

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