Panel Seminar: ‘125 Years: Are we there yet?’

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?’

Seminar: Damon Salesa, ‘Island Time’

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’

Seminar: Dr Neeta M. Khandpekar, ‘Christian Missionaries in Western India (Maharashtra)’

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)’

Seminar: Dr Adrian Muckle, ‘Yes or No? New Caledonia’s forthcoming Referendum on Independence’

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’

Seminar: Dr Tim Causer, ‘The evacuation of that scene of wickedness and wretchedness’: Jeremy Bentham, the panopticon prison, and New South Wales, 1802-3’

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’