In 1982-1983, volunteers from the Society for Research on Women in New Zealand (SROW) interviewed 51 Wellington women who were about the give birth to their first child at the age of 30 or over. Five years on, SROW researchers visited 37 of the women to interview them for a second time. This paper considers … More Seminar: Charlotte Greenhalgh, ‘Motherhood after 30: Age, Pregnancy, and Parenting in 1980s New Zealand’
Registration for Dragon Tails 2019 is now open. Theme: Translation and TransformationLocation: Hunter Building, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New ZealandDate: Wed 20 – Sat 23 November 2019 Wednesday will be pre-conference tours and eventsConvenors: Grace Gassin, Karen Schamberger See Draft programme for conference details. Following on from the success of the Dragon Tails conferences … More Registrations open: Dragon Tails conference
The Judith Binney Fellowship is available for an established scholar to undertake or complete significant research. The Writing Award is for an emerging scholar, or for the beginning or completion of a project. The Fellowships and Writing Awards support research and writing on New Zealand history or associated topics. This might include: social history; women’s … More 2020 Judith Binney Fellowship and Writing Awards applications open
The Stage 2 Report on the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources Claims – Pre-publication Version This seminar introduces a part of a collaborative project with Benoît Trépied (CNRS, IRIS, Paris), examining the history of a “mixed-race” family in New Caledonia over three generations from the 1890s to the 1970s. My focus is a member of … More Seminar: Adrian Muckle, ‘Becoming Kanak: the life of Louis (“Loulou”) Henriot / Napoarea’
29 Aug 2019 5:30 pm to 29 Aug 2019 6:30 pm Victoria University Wellington, Rutherford House RH105 The Bible is read many ways by many people. In this lecture, Dr Meredith Lake explores the cultural significance of the Bible in Australia and New Zealand. The Bible arrived down under at a time when Europeans were … More Seminar: Dr Meredith Lake, ‘Race and the Bible Down Under’
The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund offers financial assistance to people carrying out projects that will significantly enhance the understanding of New Zealand’s past. The funding can be used for a variety of purposes: to enable historians to work full-time on a project; to pay for research and writing costs; and to pay for … More New Zealand History Research Trust – applications open
The XXI IOHA Conference: Harmony and Disharmony: Bringing Together Many Voices Singapore, 22–26 Jun 2020 CALL FOR PAPERS AND WORKSHOP PROPOSALS The International Oral History Association (IOHA) is pleased to announce the call for papers and workshop proposals for the next conference to be held in Singapore from 22 to 26 June 2020. The conference … More Call for Papers: International Oral History Association Conference (Singapore, 2020)
In 2016, to mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Friends of the Hocken Collections offered an award of NZ$10,000 to support a research project on some aspect of the historical development of culture and society in Aotearoa/New Zealand, primarily using the resources of the Hocken Collections. Joint winners of the anniversary Award (for … More Friends of the Hocken Collections Award 2020
When the United Nations General Assembly passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on 13 September 2007, it introduced into the international legal lexicon a new dimension to the concept of self-determination. The declaration emphasizes indigenous peoples’ distinctive rights to land, culture, language, and collective identity, as well as their equal rights of … More Seminar: Miranda Johnson, ‘Indigenizing Self-Determination at the United Nations: Reparative Progress in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’
In Bengal the Dalits (or former untouchables) still remain almost completely invisible in the narratives of pre-Partition violence that broke out in 1946 and post-Partition migration and rehabilitation that took place in 1947-48. This happened because Dalit organisations in East Bengal remained in alliance with the Muslim League and they did not immediately migrate in … More Seminar: Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, ‘Everyday violence and post-Partition Dalit peasant migration in Bengal, 1950-57’
I am writing a monograph titled Mirrors on the Land that aims to trace, in word and image, people’s relationships with New Zealand’s lakes from Māori settlement to the present. In this seminar I set out the scope and aims of my work, explain why I think it matters, and describe my progress. I discuss … More Seminar: Jonathan West, ‘An Environmental History of New Zealand’s Lakes: Reflections on a Work in Progress’
The merchant vessel Edwin Fox wasexceptional for being unexceptional. It was old fashioned even before its keel was laid down in Thomas Reeves’s shipyards near Calcutta in 1853. It was neither large nor fast, and had none of the prestige of the great tea and opium clippers that captured the public imagination in the mid-nineteenth … More Seminar: Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert, ‘Vessel of Globalization: The Many Worlds of the Edwin Fox, 1853-1905’
In 1866, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker congratulated James Hector on the recent opening of the Colonial Museum, writing ‘I am heartily glad you have started the Museum at Wellington; there is nothing like a Museum and gardens to screw money out of the public for science. Every shilling we have here has been through the … More Seminar: Rebecca Rice, ‘Conversazione at the “Curiosity Shop”’
The famous savant Pavel Josef Šafařík proposed a six-layer system for linguistic classification: he divided the Jazyk (language) into mluvy, the mluva into řeči, the řeč into nářeči, the nářeč into podřeči, and the podřeč into různořeči. These terms enjoyed popularity among mid-nineteenth-century Slavists. Classificatory taxonomies also became objects of patriotic contestation: one celebrated dispute … More Seminar: Alexander Maxwell, ‘Panslav Linguistic Classification: Status Disputes Beyond Languages and Dialects’
The call for papers for Dragon Tails 2019 – the 6th Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage (20-23 November 2019) – has been extended to 31 May 2019. The Dragon Tails Association is now accepting submissions for its biennial conference, which will be hosted by Wai-Te-Ata Press at the Victoria Unversity of Wellington. Conference theme: … More Call for Papers Extention: Dragon Tails 2019 – Translation and Transformation
Nominations are now open for the three major prizes administered by the NZHA: The Best First Book Prize The W.H. Oliver Prize The Mary Boyd Prize All nominations for these prizes close on the 31st of May, 2019. For more information and to submit a nomination, the First Book/Oliver prize form is available HERE and … More Nominations for NZHA prizes now open
This paper examines the indigenous-colonial discourse on the treatment for Indian insanity. The paper argues that the establishment of the asylums necessitated a colonial construction of the Indian understanding of mental illness and its treatment as entirely spiritual and consequently ‘superstitious’. Colonial agencies used this narrative to justify the establishment of the asylum and promote … More Seminar: Sarah Pinto, ‘Indian Insanity and the Local-Colonial Contest for its Treatment’
The call for papers deadline for the NZHA conference, ‘Kanohi-ki-te-Kanohi: Histories for our Time’ has been extended. We are now accepting submissions up to April 26.
The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust announce a conference to take place in Blenheim, New Zealand from 1-3 December 2019 that will explore the global history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge). The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters … More Call for Papers: ‘Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)’
Sport, Richard Holt suggested, generates a series of ‘stories we tell ourselves about ourselves’. Sport occupies a prominent place in New Zealand life. Sporting occasions feature prominently in the collective memory of New Zealanders and have been strongly linked to a still evolving national identity. Historically, sport has been presented as a positive force in … More Seminar: Greg Ryan and Geoff Watson, ‘Continuity and Change: Sport and the New Zealanders c. 1840 to the present’
Big book publishing have recently released series three of ‘The Chronicles of Paki’, which follows the events leading up to, during and following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. For more information, see: http://www.bigbook.nz/product/chronicles-of-paki-series-3/
In this historical excursion around London of 1863 (and 2018) we will be following Spencer P. T. Nicholls as he makes preparations to embark for the war in New Zealand as an officer with the 43rd regiment. What do his purchases tell us of the Victorian global supply chain, the multiple spaces of imperial warfare, of coercive sociability … More Seminar: Charlotte Macdonald, ‘Shopping for War: a historian stalks her prey in Victoria’s London’
The call for papers for Dragon Tails 2019 – the 6th Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage (20-23 November 2019) – is now open. The Dragon Tails Association is now accepting submissions for its biennial conference, which will be hosted by Wai-Te-Ata Press at the Victoria Unversity of Wellington. Proposals are due by Friday 10 May … More Call for Papers: Dragon Tails 2019 – Translation and Transformation
Queensland-based historian, Martyn Brown, has published a work on New Zealand and the Greek campaign of World War Two: Politics of Forgetting: New Zealand, Greece and Britain at War. Details can be found at p. 3 of this online newsletter: http://scholarly.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/newsletter_mar-apr-2019_v3-1.pdf
Everyone will have been profoundly shocked by the massacres in the Christchurch mosques on Friday afternoon. Many of us will find it hard to comprehend that such hatred could be held, and expressed, against people of Islamic faith, gathering for worship. We know that some of our members in Christchurch will have been close to … More Our thoughts with the people of Christchurch
In 2015, Germany welcomed about one million refugees. In the months following this act of humanitarian outreach, a fierce debate arose, sparked by a set of violent incidents on New Year’s Eve 2015/16. Media reports repeated already established stereotypes about Muslim men and their disregard for women and women’s rights, branding them sexual offenders. German … More Seminar: Eva Bischoff, ‘Facing the Uncanny: Masculinity and Race in Postcolonial Germany’
The exile after the Communist coup in 1948 in Czechoslovakia and the fate of Czechs and Slovaks abroad, who sought the return of freedom and democracy to their homeland are an integral part of Czech modern history. However, this phenomenon is still neglected and the general public has only fragmentary information about it. Researchers are … More Seminar: Martin Nekola, ‘Czechoslovak Cold War Refugees in New Zealand’
Peter Wells’ death on 18 February 2019 brings to an end a life of remarkable creativity, courage and originality. To historians Peter may be best known for his two recent books: The Hungry Heart (2012), a study of the life of William Colenso, and Journey to a Hanging (2014) a study of Rev Volkner and … More Peter Wells, 1950-2019
Members will recall that the NZHA has supported the New Zealand History Teachers’ Association call, last year, for greater attention to the teaching of this country’s colonial history in secondary schools. The History Teachers’ Association has now launched a petition; the link and the accompanying media statement from Waitangi Day follow. Please feel free to … More NZHTA puts petition to Parliament
A reminder that the closing date for the call for papers for our biennial conference is 31 March 2019. We welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, buzz sessions and other forms of presentation. We particularly encourage proposals from post-graduate students, early career academics, teachers and those working with and for heritage institutions and collections. Dr … More NZHA Conference: Kanohi ki te Kanohi: Histories for our Time
The Waitangi Tribunal, based in Wellington, is currently advertising a Senior Researcher/Analyst role in the Research Services team. Applications are encouraged from those with broad and in-depth professional and intellectual knowledge of research methodology and a proven track record of delivering complex research assignments. Strong analytical skills and knowledge of, and expertise in, New Zealand … More Waitangi Tribunal careers: Senior Researcher/Analyst
The Waitangi Tribunal, based in Wellington, is currently advertising roles for Researcher/Analysts in the Research Services, Inquiry Facilitation, and Report Writing teams. These roles would suit someone with a tertiary qualification in New Zealand history, Māori studies, public policy, law or other relevant disciplines, or relevant professional experience. More information is available on the Ministry … More Waitangi Tribunal careers: Researcher/Analysts
The NZHA would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 New Year Honours List. In particular, we acknowledge the works of Peter Lineham, Alison Jones, Edmund Bohan, Helene Wong, and Gaylene Preston for their contributions to historical fields. More information on this year’s Honours List can be found here: https://dpmc.govt.nz/publications/new-year-honours-list-2019
The NZHA made a submission to the National Archival and Library Institutions Ministerial Group outlining our concerns regarding the restructuring of our national archival and library institutions (Archives New Zealand, the National Library of New Zealand, andNgā Taonga Sound and Vision). For the benefit of our members we post the response from NALI below, which … More NZHA submission to NALI
The New Zealand Historical Association extends its congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Judith Binney Fellowships and Writing Awards. The Judith Binney Fellow for 2019 is Dr. Nēpia Mahuika (Ngāti Porou), Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Waikato. Three Judith Binney Writing Awards have also been announced. The recipients are: freelance writer … More Judith Binney Fellowship and Writing Awards Recipients Announced
‘France and beyond: the Global World of ‘Ngāti Wīwī’. 7-10 July 2020, Auckland. [Tribe ‘Oui Oui’ was the local name for the French in NZ.] In July 2020 the first ever Joint George Rudé Seminar and theSociety for French Historical Studies Conference will be held in Auckland hostedby the Universities of Auckland and Massey. Co-presidents Tracy … More Advance Notice: Joint George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference
Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! The New Zealand Historical Association invites proposals for papers and presentations at our biennial conference, to be held at Victoria University of Wellington Te Whare Wananga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui, from the 27th to the 30th of November, 2019. Meetings, encounters, exchanges, kisses, words, conversations, … More NZHA Conference: Kanohi ki te Kanohi: Histories for our Time
The New Zealand Journal of History invites new and emerging scholars as well as established academics and historians to submit articles on any aspect of the history of New Zealand Aotearoa. This includes New Zealand’s relationship with the wider world, and specifically the Asia Pacific region. They particularly encourage topics relating to Māori history. Here … More New Zealand Journal of History Call for Papers
Postwar West Germans invented a word to describe the difficulty they had with talking about and acknowledging the atrocities they or their parents had committed during the Second World War: Vergangenheitsbewältigung—the attempt to cope with, work through, and overcome a difficult past. This process of Vergangenheitsbewältigung is not unique to Germany; in the wake of … More Public Lecture: Professor Alexander Freund, ‘My People’s Crimes: On the Difficulty of Talking About and Acknowledging One’s Nation’s Atrocities’
125 Years – 200 Events. Suffrage Week 2018 Wow, what a week! Events up and down the motu have been held to mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand. On Suffrage Day, Wednesday 19 September, 200 events were officially notified. Probably many more took place, including the many schools, worksites, bookclubs, … More Charlotte Macdonald: A report following Suffrage Week 2018
The Family as Mnemonic Community symposium is being held at Victoria University of Wellington on 29th and 30th November 2018, preceded by a public lecture on the evening of Wednesday 28th November. The symposium includes an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers who will share their research on family memory and discuss the following broad … More Symposium: ‘The Family as Mnemonic Community’, Victoria University of Wellington
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage is currently is seeking an historian to research and write a major print history of A Company of the 28 Māori Battalion in the Second World War. The book is envisaged as a large-format and richly illustrated work of 80,000–100,000 words, designed to appeal to a general audience. For … More Ministry of Culture and Heritage: Historian/Senior Historian position vacant
The New Zealand Women Historians’ Forum have recently launched a new website as ‘a place to connect, share and advance the work of women historians of Aotearoa New Zealand’. It’s a great initiative, thoroughly endorsed by the NZHA, so please take the time to check it out and engage with your fellow historians! https://newzealandwomenhistoriansforum.wordpress.com/
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS EXTENDED UNTIL 5 OCTOBER We are delighted to announce that early bird registrations have been extended until this Friday. Join us for a lively conference featuring workshops and keynotes by Professor Alistair Thomson (Monash University, Melbourne) and Associate Professor Tom Roa (Nga Maniopoto/Waikato). Please see the attached NOHANZ Registration … More National Oral History Association of NZ Biennial Conference
Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018 Massey University (Albany Campus) Keynotes, including talks speaking directly to Peter’s career and contribution, will be delivered by Prof. Michael Belgrave, Prof. Margaret Tennant, the Rev. Dr. Allan Davidson, and Dr. Meredith Lake. Registration is open and can be completed online at the conference website: www.massey.ac.nz/religion-matters. … More ‘Religion Matters’: Celebrating the Work of Professor Peter Lineham
Nearly a hundred historians of women’s history met in Portsmouth, UK to commemorate and reflect on the British women’s suffrage campaign at its centennial. The call was for an international conference and this call was met by a good turn out of historians from seventeen different countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Eastern Europe, the Nordic … More Monica Webb: Reflections from Portsmouth: Women’s History Network Suffrage Centennial Conference
The Judith Binney Trust has just opened applications for the inaugural Judith Binney Fellowships and Writing Awards – and we would be glad if you would circulate this information to the people in your organisation or networks who might be interested. For information about the Fellowships and Awards, please see www.judithbinneytrust.org.nz Applications for 2019 tenure … More 2019 Judith Binney Fellowships and Writing Awards
Hear iwi share their stories about influential leader Te Kooti – resistance fighter, prophet, writer, and founder of the Ringatū faith. When: Sat 8 Sep 2018, 10.00am–5.00pm Where: Soundings Theatre, Level 2, and Te Marae, Level 4 Cost: $20 (includes lunch and afternoon tea) https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/visit/whats-on/events/te-kooti-voices-iwi
Ngā iwi o Tāmaki Makaurau – Celebrating the heritage of our people From 29 September to 14 October Discover the colourful characters and diverse cultures and communities who have shaped Tāmaki Makaurau through the years. Explore the sacred spaces of the beautiful Bharatiya Mandir Hindu temple, marvel at Gottfried Lindauer’s majestic Māori portraits, tour Eden … More Auckland Heritage Festival 2018
In 1964 a committee of the ‘great and good’ was established to select suitable designs for the reverses of New Zealand’s forthcoming decimal coinage. It was long believed that the committee’s archive was lost, destroyed at the behest of the then Minister of Finance, Robert Muldoon, by obedient state servants. However, a virtually complete run … More Seminar: Dr Mark Stocker, ‘Muldoon’s Money? New Revelations on the 1967 Decimal Coinage Designs’
Auckland-based landscape architecture studio Xanthe White Design Stuido have teamed up with Uru Whakaaro Limited to build a garden for peace in Le Quesnoy, a village in northern France, as part of the 100 year commemoration of World War 1. The village was freed from German occupation by New Zealand soldiers on the 4th November 1918 … More Rangimarie – A New Zealand Garden for Peace in Le Quesnoy, France
Historians of women in, founding father out Historians of women meeting for the five-yearly conference of the International Federation in Vancouver found themselves in the midst of a local controversy about what to do with a man. The man in question was John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and one of the Fathers of … More Charlotte Macdonald: A report from the International Federation for Research on Women’s History Conference (Vancouver)
To commemorate 125 years of women’s suffrage, WORD Christchurch in partnership with National Library of New Zealand and Royal Society Te Apārangi have assembled a panel of extraordinary New Zealand women to discuss how far we have come since women were granted the vote, and how far we still have to go in the fight for gender … More Panel Seminar: ‘125 Years: Are we there yet?’
Damon Salesa explores this question in a public lecture, based on the Michael King Memorial Lecture he delivered to a standing-room-only audience at the Auckland Writers Festival in May. Setting a course through the ‘islands’ of Pacific life in New Zealand – Otara, Porirua, Tokoroa, Oamaru and beyond – Salesa envisions a country becoming ‘more … More Seminar: Damon Salesa, ‘Island Time’
Missionaries in western India (Maharashtra) used a variety of methods to impart education in the 19th and 20th centuries, including direct preaching of the Gospel at Central Station, combined Christian and general education, public lecturing and private classes, assisting in translation, Missionary itinerancies, pastoral care of converts and training converts for the ministry. Many of … More Seminar: Dr Neeta M. Khandpekar, ‘Christian Missionaries in Western India (Maharashtra)’
The NZHA has received the following communication regarding natural history collections at Te Papa from Dr James Braund, a science historian and honorary research fellow at the University of Auckland; the issues raised may be of interest to members. As you might have heard, plans are now well advanced to reduce the number of specialist … More Proposed staff redundancies at Te Papa
In the referendum to be held on 4 November 2018 on the future of New Caledonia and its relationship with France, “New Caledonians” will be asked “Do you want New Caledonia to accede to full sovereignty and become independent? Yes or No?” The referendum is the latest development in 165 years of France’s formal presence … More Seminar: Dr Adrian Muckle, ‘Yes or No? New Caledonia’s forthcoming Referendum on Independence’
• To honour the late Dame Judith Binney / Te Tōmairangi o Te Aroha • To inaugurate the Judith Binney Fellowships On Tuesday 14 August at 5.45 for 6 p.m. At the National Library, Molesworth Street, Wellington Speakers: Atholl Anderson (Chair), Cybèle Locke, Damon Salesa, Melissa Matutina Williams, Rawinia Higgins, Bridget Williams This welcome is … More Judith Binney Trust Celebration
By January 1802, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) had, more or less, come to accept that his attempt to persuade the British government to build his panopticon prison was doomed to fail. After a decade of lobbying, beset by impasses and obstructions, Bentham concluded that he and the panopticon had been victims of ministers and … More Seminar: Dr Tim Causer, ‘The evacuation of that scene of wickedness and wretchedness’: Jeremy Bentham, the panopticon prison, and New South Wales, 1802-3’
The NZHA is proud to announce that next year’s conference will be entitled ‘Kanohi-ki-te-Kanohi: Histories for our Time’. The theme welcomes explorations from all types of historical backgrounds and topics, with a particular focus on ‘Face to Face / Kanohi-ki-te-Kanohi’ encounters. The conference will be held at Victoria University, Wellington in November 2019. Further details … More NZHA History Conference 2019 – ‘Kanohi-ki-te-Kanohi: Histories for our Time’
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Come and hear Indira Chowdhury discuss Oral History and Postcolonial Archives in India, followed by a facilitated discussion. 9.30am – 12.15pm, Friday 27 July 2018 45 Pipitea Street (Department of Internal Affairs) Register your interest by Friday 20 July to email@example.com with Indira Wellington in the subject line. There will be a charge of $20 … More Seminar: India Chowdhury, ‘Voices and Forms of Cultural Memory’
Dame Claudia Orange has been elected a Companion of the Royal Society Te Aparangi ‘for her long and distinguished record of service to the humanities’ and particularly ‘her work to improve public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, of New Zealand biography, and of the role of museums in telling “our nation’s … More Dame Claudia Orange made Companion by Royal Society Te Aparangi
Blamed for one of Britain’s worst bank collapses in the nineteenth century, to being the first to export New Zealand frozen meat and dairy, Antipodean Empire tells the history of a company’s journey, transforming the raw lands of southern New Zealand into productive farms that are still at the heart of pastoral and agricultural production … More Book: Noel Crawford, ‘Antipodean Empire’
The National Oral History Association of New Zealand and Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Libraries invite you to a presentation and discussion with visiting oral historian Indira Chowdhury. Abstract: This presentation draws on my attempts over the last decade and a half to create archives of different institutions and organisations in the context … More Seminar: Indira Chowdhury, ‘Unheard Voices and Forms of Cultural Memory: Oral History and the Postcolonial Archives in India’
The New Zealand India Research Institute and National Oral History Organisation presents: Commemoration and the Remembered Past: Communities, Places and Memories of displacement by Indira Chowdhury Founder-Director of the Centre for Public History at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bengaluru The Partition Museum in Amritsar was inaugurated on 17 August 2017, seventy … More Seminar: Indira Chowdhury, ‘Commemoration and the Remembered Past: Communities, Places and Memories of displacement’
The LHP invites you to our 2018 AGM and a panel discussion with Cybèle Locke, Kassie Hartendorp and Lyndy McIntyre. Campaigns for Wage Justice – Past and Present When: Monday 16 July Where: Wellington Museum Time: 5.30 pm for refreshments / 6pm AGM begins Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2122382714642868 The Service and Food Workers’ Union and … More Labour History Project AGM: Campaigns for Wage Justice – Past and Present
By January 1802, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) had, more or less, come to accept that his attempt to persuade the British government to build his panopticon prison was doomed to fail. After a decade of lobbying, beset by impasses and obstructions, Bentham concluded that he and the panopticon had been victims of ministers and … More Seminar: Dr Tim Causer, ‘The evacuation of that scene of wickedness and wretchedness’: Jeremy Bentham, the panopticon prison, and New South Wales, 1802-3
There is concern that the preventable and irreversible loss of heritage buildings is occurring in New Zealand. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is undertaking an assessment of New Zealand’s system for protecting heritage buildings to inform work on how their system could be enhanced. To help inform this assessment, the Ministry for Culture and … More Survey on strengthening New Zealand’s protection system for heritage buildings
The American National Humanities Alliance have recently launched Study the Humanities, a new website designed to help make the case for the value of studying the humanities as an undergraduate. The website aggregates available quantitative and qualitative data that make the case that the humanities help students succeed in a wide range of careers and … More Study the Humanities website launched
The University of Auckland calls for expressions of interest to co-edit the New Zealand Journal of History. Owned by the University of Auckland, the Journal will be produced in Auckland and one of the editors will be University of Auckland-based. The University seeks a co-editor, who can be based anywhere in New Zealand, to work with Linda Bryder, … More Call for expressions of interest to co-edit the New Zealand Journal of History
‘Now that’s what I call history: New historians conference’, August 27-28, 2018, Victoria University There is no single way to research, write, or create history. Often beginning with the personal or the particular, our research communicates the kinds of histories we would like to see told, in the ways we would like to tell them. … More Conference: Victoria University, ‘Now that’s what I call history: New Historians Conference 2018’
Community, Conflict, and “the Meaning of America” Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference 14-16 July 2019 The University of Auckland, New Zealand In 1939, Perry Miller published the first volume of The New England Mind, a foundational text in American Studies. Looking back, he regarded this book as part of his life’s study … More Conference: ANZASA, ‘Community, Conflict, and “the Meaning of America”‘
New Zealand’s community of European farm wives shared a deeply ingrained philosophy in the mid-20th century and outsiders described the community as immune to change. But how did that community respond to the surge in feminism, women ‘s liberation and towards a more permissive society that took place globally and in New Zealand from the … More Seminar: David Hall, ‘Emerging from a snug and safe cocoon: New Zealand farm wives and feminism in the 20th century’
As the nexus of education and advancement in the common law, the medieval Inns of Court were vibrant and sometimes unruly places. Students and seasoned practitioners lived there together, learning the law and cultivating careers but also dining, drinking and carousing with their fellows. The enduring influence of the Inns on English legal culture is … More Seminar: ‘Manhood, Learning and Legal Authority at England’s Medieval Inns of Court’, Amanda McVitty
We expect a call for entries for the 2019 NZHA book awards to be issued in February next year and will advertise a formal date closer to the time.
The call for papers for the forthcoming Pacific History Association conference in London and Cambridge was released last week, closing on 9 July. For more information on submissions and registration see the conference website: http://pha.maa.cam.ac.uk/pha/. Please direct any queries to the conference organising committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors have always used fiction to grapple with the social anxieties of their day and imagine futures both good and bad. Disruption by new technologies, the blending of humans and machines, an end to illness, and human-induced destruction of the environment have all been at the centre of plays, novels and poetry for centuries. But … More Stranger Than Fiction Seminar Series – Stout Research Centre
In 1900, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was the final court of appeal for one-quarter of the world’s people. It was a key institution of the British Empire. Despite the major exodus from the Judicial Committee’s jurisdiction in the two decades following the Second World War, New Zealand’s commitment remained steadfast. In 1983, … More Seminar: ‘Leaving their Lordships – Changing New Zealand’s final Appellate Court’, Patrick McCabe
For the past few decades mediation has been optimistically heralded as the “way of the future” in New Zealand’s legal system. The history of mediation in NZ can be traced back to developments in industrial relations in the late 19th century, but as a self-aware, dynamic, widespread movement its beginnings are much more recent. Led … More Seminar: ‘Towards a History of Mediation in New Zealand’, Dr Grant Morris
The History Programme invite you to a seminar by Dr Geoff Troughton, Victoria University: Peace, Christianity and Public History in New Zealand: Despite New Zealand’s cherished reputation for relative peacefulness, critical examination of the nation’s histories of peacemaking and opposition to war remains relatively thin. This seminar reflects upon my Marsden-funded research, focusing especially on … More Seminar: ‘Peace, Christianity and Public History in New Zealand’
The Royal Society Te Apārangi has two upcoming National lecture series that may be of some interest to NZHA members: Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants Palmerston North | Palmerston North Central Library, Events Central – register for Palmerston North 7:30pm Wednesday 9 May Napier | EIT, Lecture Theatre … More Upcoming Royal Society Te Aparangi National Lecture Series
Registration for the Canterbury 100 conference ‘Reflections on the commemoration of World War One’, to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of November at Tūranga (Central Library) Christchurch, is now open. Please see the conference website for more details: http://www.canterbury100.org.nz/conference-reflections-commemoration-world-war-one
In the coming months the current History Compass section editors for Australasia and the Pacific, Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Professor Katie Pickles and Professor Paul Turnbull will be stepping down as editors and moving to the editorial board. They seek expressions of interest from those interested in serving as a new section editor for this journal. … More History Compass: Australasia and the Pacific Section Editors – Call for Expressions of Interest
To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa/New Zealand, WSA/PAW joins with the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies in presenting a conference promoting feminist scholarship and activism. The conference will be an opportunity to advance current feminist engagements, while acknowledging and understanding the challenges of the … More Call for Papers – Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 years of Suffrage and Beyond
The National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) invites abstract submissions for their biennial conference to be held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 of November 2018. This year the theme of their conference focuses on the sweet sound of the voice, the singers of tales (te waha kairongorongo), … More Call for Submissions: NOHANZ Biennial Conference 2018
The National Library is interested in finding out what you would like to see on Papers Past – more newspapers, some magazines, the NZ Gazettes, perhaps some books? Fill out their survey by following the link below and let them know. The survey will be open until Friday 9 March. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PapersPast
The Lilburn Research Fellowship is currently accepting applications, closing April 8th. More information is available here.
There is an opening for a lecturer in Pacific History at the University of the South Pacific, Suva. Applications close on 25 February.
There’s an opening for a senior historian at Te Manatū Taonga. Applications close on Waitangi Day.
The Office of Treaty Settlements is currently advertising two historian positions (Historian and Senior Historian). Applications close on Friday 2 February. If you are a good grad or post-grad with a grounding in history or Māori Studies, the historian position may be the role for you. If you have more work-life experience, and can see … More History jobs at OTS
The Auckland History Initiative is pleased to announce that its prize for the best paper by a graduate student on the history of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland at the NZHA Conference, Auckland, 2017 is awarded to: Lucy Mackintosh for ‘A Strange Sight’: Auckland Domain 1840-1865 This paper was tightly focused on a particular and fascinating aspect of … More Congratulations Lucy Mackintosh, prize winner
Next year’s PHA conference – The Gift of the Pacific: place and perspective in Pacific history – is being held at the University of Cambridge, England. The call for panel proposals is open now until 31 January. A call for papers will follow.
In the aftermath of the NZHA biennial conference, Histories Meet, it is a great joy to think over the many people who made the conference the exciting and energetic event that it was: from all the President’s nieces (well, some of them anyway, who kept the wharekai clean, and maintained a modest tea-and-coffee station), to … More Histories Meet: Gratitude for all involved
NZHA announced the winners of it’s biennial prizes during the conference dinner on Thursday 30 November, as follows: W. H. Oliver Prize: Ben Schrader, Big Smoke. NZHA Best First Book Prize: Ngarino Ellis, A Whakapapa of Tradition. Mary Boyd Prize: Vincent O’Malley, ‘Recording the incident with a monument’. The judges also highly commended Michael Stevens … More NZHA 2017 Prizes announced
Whakarongo mai, whakarongo mai. Listen to short interviews with conference goers and conference presenters on our Facebook page.
Travel well conference goers. Also, like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter @historiesmeet #historiesmeet. We kick off today with the Grad Day, 9:00am. See those of you who are attending soon.
From 2018, Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, will be publishing new biographies in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. These will be included in modest annual batches. The first will celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Read Tim Shoebridge’s blog about the news here.
Congratulations to Professor Katie Pickles, NZHA Past President, for her recent success in winning the James Cook Research Fellowship, for her project “The Heroine with a thousand faces”. This is a wonderful coup for the Humanities, and more specifically New Zealand history, feminist scholarship, and women’s history. Read more about Katie’s fellowship here.
Congratulations to Professor Charlotte Macdonald, elected fellow of Te Apārangi the Royal Society of New Zealand. Read more here.
The University of Canterbury has a two-year fixed-term lecturer’s position in New Zealand History position available. Applications close on 30 November. Details online here.
New Zealand historian James Belich shines as one of the most formidable of New Zealand’s intellectual exports. He returns as a distinguished guest of the University of Auckland especially for the New Zealand Historical Association conference Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Where Histories Meet. NZHA is delighted to present an evening with him in conversation with award-winning … More James Belich at Auckland Museum, 28 November
NZHA is grateful to Jock Phillips and Tom Brooking who took on the large task of judging this year’s History book prizes. The W. H. Oliver Prize is awarded biennially to the best book on any aspect of New Zealand history published. The Best First Book Prize is a new prize, being offered for the … More Short-lists announced for NZHA book prizes
Kia ora NZHA members. This notice repeats the information you will have received in the members’ newsletter last week: that the 2017 AGM has been set for Friday 1 December 2017, 1:30-3:00pm, at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland, following the biennial conference, Histories Meet. Meeting papers will be made available via the website as they … More AGM 2017: Notice to Members
The Department of History and Art History at Otago will be hosting Sir Richard J. Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cambridge this October. He is arguably one of the best known historians in the world. Sir Richard is currently President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Provost of Gresham College in London. … More Sir Richard J Evans, Wellington, Sunday 15 October
Summer Research Opportunities: Soldiers of Empire project Four Summer Scholarships are available to students for the 2017-18 summer, including one at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, one at Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, and one at Te Papa. To be eligible to apply, you must have completed at least two years of undergraduate degree, and … More Four – yes, four – student summer scholarships available with VUW
We are delighted to have Professor Mary Jane McCallum, University of Winnipeg, join the line-up of keynote guests at this year’s NZHA conference, Histories Meet. Mary Jane generously agreed to us sharing this abridged version of a talk about Indigenous developments in her History Department that she gave recently as part of the University of … More Thinking about Indigenization in the University
Yes, it has. Go to the Histories Meet website for details and to register.
The National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) regrets to advise that the visit of internationally renowned oral historian Indira Chowdhury to Aotearoa, which was scheduled for Auckland and Wellington in September, has now been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Members of the public have until 9 September to comment on recommendations for the disposal of public records destroyed or damaged as a direct result of the Hurunui-Kaikoura earthquake and aftershocks. Archives New Zealand has notified its Intention to Dispose under the Public Records Act 2005, which you can read online here. Other Intentions to … More Archives NZ, Intentions to Dispose
You’ll have to be quick if you want to apply of the Principal Historian position at the Waitangi Tribunal. Applications close tomorrow. Apologies for the late posting.
The Royal Society Early Career Researcher Forum is running a three-minute video competition for early career researchers and postgraduate students. Organisers say ‘the spirit of the competition is to uncover great science and research stories’ from any discipline in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Entries close on 8 September. Find out all you need … More 150 Years of Discovery: Emerging Research Awards
Holly Walker and Barbara Brookes in conversation at the Auckland Art Gallery this Sunday, 13 August, at 3pm. Looks good.
Put your MA in Maori Studies or History to work at the Office of Treaty Settlements. Applications for three permanent positions and one contract close on Tuesday 15 August. Click here for details.
No worries: according to the NZHA kumara vine, the submission portal will remain open into next week.
The Auckland History Initiative is delighted to announce that it will award a prize of $350 for the best graduate student presentation in the Tāmaki Makaurau-Auckland theme at this year’s NZHA conference. Details about criteria and how to enter will be posted on the Histories Meet conference website.
The recently formed Auckland History Initiative (AHI), based in History at The University of Auckland, has the goal of invigorating engagement with the histories of Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is changing before our eyes. Most of Auckland’s current challenges are new versions of old problems, with their own powerful histories … More Auckland History Initiative
The VUW History Programme invites current postgraduates and recent graduates to its annual New Historians Conference. Now in its 12th year, the conference brings together postgraduate students and researchers from local, national and regional institutions and organisations. The New Historians Conference provides a collegial forum to discuss research and share ideas. It creates a valuable … More New Historians Conference 2017
Applications to fund initiatives and events that commemorate the New Zealand Wars are open now and close on 9 August. Find out all you need to know: click here.