NZHA Conference: Kanohi ki te Kanohi: Histories for our Time

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, attractions, glares, confrontations, curiosities: how have people come face to face? What histories are made in these moments? What happens when historians face their subjects?

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 Wayne Ngata stated: ‘Kanohi ki te kanohi’ or ‘face-to-face’ communication is a facet of human behaviour. It allows one to not only see who or what one is communicating with, but also to hear, feel, and smell the relationship.

We offer two methods for generating thought about our theme:

How have people come face-to-face through ritual, in curiosity, attraction, conversation, misapprehension, misinterpretation and conflict, and how have processes of exchange occurred?
What were the contexts for such encounters — place, language, culture, materials, social, economic, legal and political systems – and how was power coded – age, race, ethnicity, genders, sexualities, status, wealth, class and military might?
When did encounters take place, when were histories of encounter told, and how have they been preserved through time?
What are the material and methodological challenges of creating history for our time?

Ōkawa – rituals of encounter
Wero – taking up the challenge: doing history now
Waerea – methodology/theory
Karanga/Whaikōrero – gendered histories
Waiata – form/format/style
Hariru – relationships
Kai – conversation/debate

Proposals should be made to: NZHA2019@vuw.ac.nz

Closing date for call for papers: 31 March 2019

Submitters will be notified of the result of their submission by 1 May 2019

Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words, accompanied by a 50 word biography for each presenter, and 5 keywords.

Me hui kanohi ki te kanohi kia rongo i te mauri o te tangata