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

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 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: