VUW Symposium: Individualism versus Collectivism in New Zealand and the British Empire: Individual Rights and Biopolitics

Saturday 8 April 2017, 9am – 5pm
History, Victoria University of Wellington
Old Kirk 406 Wood Seminar Room

All welcome. No registration fee but places limited. Please register your interest in attending by 31 March, email to charlotte.macdonald at

Draft Programme
9.00-9.45 Anna Clark (University of Minnesota)
Rage Against the Machine
9.45-10.15 Barbara Brookes (University of Otago)
Nineteenth-Century Asylums: The liberty of the individual and the collective
solution to ‘madness’
Chair: Charlotte Macdonald
10.15-10.30 Morning tea
10.30-11.00 Katrina Ford (University of Auckland/AUT)
‘Oblivious to their responsibilities’: collective individualism and public health in
New Zealand in the late nineteenth century
11.00-11.30 James Keating (University of New South Wales)
‘Surely a little enquiry would have made the matter clear’: Britain, New Zealand,
and the 1895 Contagious Diseases Act ‘Scandal’
Chair: tbc
11.30-11.35 short break
11.35-12.05 Raewyn Dalziel (University of Auckland)
Understanding William and Mary Steadman Aldis: Sects and Sex
12.05-12.35 Hirini Kaa (University of Auckland)
Te Toa Takitini: The Young Māori Party and Tribal Individualism

Chair: tbc
12.35-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.00 Kate Hunter (Victoria University of Wellington)
‘My son is a New Zealander’: Competing collective identities in Australasia
during the Great War
2.00.- 2.30 Hera Cook (University of Otago – Wellington Clinical School)
What is Socialism without Collectivism?
2.30-3.00 Jane McCabe (University of Otago)
An Intimate Trade: Family Farms and Inheritance Practice in Taieri and Hokianga
Chair: Jim McAloon
3.00-3.15 Afternoon tea
3.15 – 3.45 Richard Boast (Victoria University of Wellington)
Individualism and Collectivism in Maori land policy in the 19th and 20th centuries
3.45-4.15 Katie Pickles (University of Canterbury)
Collective Ferment in late 19th Century Christchurch and Beyond
4.15-4.45 Michael Belgrave (Massey University – Albany)
Chiefs, gentlemen and the rabble: King Tāwhiao in London and threat
of democracy.
Chair: tbc
4.45-5.00 Closing remarks