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Two MA scholarships offered

Are you interested in New Zealand history? Are you looking for scholarship funding? If you have a BA (hons) first class in History or Māori Studies then you’re in luck. Two Centre members, Michael Stevens and Angela Wanhalla, are seeking applicants for MA scholarships attached to their respective Royal Society of New Zealand research projects. See the details below for further information.


MA Scholarship in New Zealand History

History or background of award

The scholarship is attached to a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship project led by Dr. Angela Wanhalla (Department of History and Art History, University of Otago) on ‘The Politics of Intimacy in New Zealand History’, and funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Purpose of award

Applications are invited from suitably qualified students interested in working on an aspect of private life and the law, particularly associated with the governance and control of marriage in New Zealand, during the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries. Potential areas of investigation include, but are not limited to: marital violence; bigamy; arranged marriage; customary marriage and the law; cross-cultural relationships and the law; Māori marriage; co-habitation; marital property.

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will have a BA honours (first class), or equivalent in History. A background in New Zealand history is preferred.

Number of awards offered



$16,000 stipend, plus tuition fees

Tenure of award

One year, or two years part-time.

Start date:

You may begin the thesis at any stage during 2015, or by 1 July 2016 at the latest.

Further Information

Please send a cover letter, a copy of your academic record, a thesis proposal, and a sample piece of writing to Angela Wanhalla ( by 22 June.



MA Scholarship in New Zealand History

History or background of award

The scholarship is attached to a Marsden Fast-Start project led by Dr. Michael Stevens (Department of History and Art History, University of Otago) entitled ‘Between Local and Global: A World History of Bluff’, which is funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Purpose of award

Applications are invited from suitably qualified students interested in working on an aspect of maritime history, ideally with a focus on southern New Zealand and/or with a strong Māori focus, during the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries. Potential areas of investigation include, but are not limited to: cargo handling; port development (e.g. reclamation; pilotage; built environment); boat-building; commercial fishing; crew culture; marriage patterns; mahinga kai; gendered occupations; intergenerational family businesses; associational culture; religion; class conflict (e.g. strikes and lockouts).

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will have a BA honours (first class) or equivalent, in History or Māori Studies. A background in New Zealand history is strongly preferred.

Number of awards offered



$16,000 stipend (paid in monthly installments), plus tuition fees.

Tenure of award

One year.

Start date:

You may begin the thesis during any stage of 2015, or by 1 March 2016 at the latest.

Further Information

Please send a cover letter, a copy of your academic record, a thesis proposal, and a sample piece of writing to Michael Stevens ( by 22 June.


Narratives of Colonial Conflict

This afternoon CRoCC member Associate Professor Annabel Cooper is presenting her research in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work seminar series. The topic is ‘Narrating Colonial Conflict in the Early 1980s: Some Reflections on the Culture Moment of Utu‘. Her seminar examines how Utu re-makes the colonial past within a tumultuous present. It traces the film’s links to a series of documentaries of the same era, including Bastion Point – Day 507 (Mita, Narbey, Pohlmann, 1980), The Bridge – A Story of Men in Dispute (Pohlmann, Mita, 1982), and Patu! (Mita, 1983), and to the drama series The Governor (1977); and it investigates the contributions of significant individuals involved in the production, including Keith Aberdein, Wi Kuki Kaa, Merata Mita, and Anzac Wallace.

Annabel’s seminar begins at 3pm this afternoon at 530 Castle Street (530 C1).



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Thanks to the University of Otago’s Web Services and Tushar Robins, Humanities Division, for helping to bring about the website.


Caribbean Intellectual History

On Thursday 14 May the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture is running a research seminar. The speaker is Dr Aaron Kamugisha who teaches cultural studies, the history of political thought & intellectual history at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. His recent publications include Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (Kingston: Ian Randle, 2013), an edited collection Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (Kingston: Ian Randle, 2013); and another collection co-edited with Yanique Hume, Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (Kingston: Ian Randle, 2013).

Dr. Kamugisha’s talk is titled “The Caribbean’s Intellectual History Through Culture” and will be held at 1pm in 2N8 in the History Department’s Seminar Room.

All are welcome.

Who Do You Think You Are – Dunedin?

The next lecture in the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture’s ‘Global Dunedin’ initiative will be given by Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith who will detail some cutting edge research on the deep ancestry of Dunedinites from her “Africa to Aotearoa” project, which looks at the ancestry of New Zealanders. As part of this project over 200 samples were collected from across the population of Dunedin. So who do you think you are, Dunedin? What does the genetic ancestry of Dunedin look like compared to Wellington, or Christchurch or Auckland? What does it tell us about the history of Dunedin?

Lisa’s lecture will take place on Sunday 10th May 2015 at 2:00pm at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum – Auditorium.

And don’t forget to ‘like’ Global Dunedin on Facebook and follow the blog.

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly

The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture would like to mark the passing of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, noted historian, intellectual and mentor, who passed away in Chicago over the weekend. Not only did Professor Bayly lay the foundation for breathtaking new interpretations of Indian and global intellectual history, he was also a generous scholar and fine human being who, in the words of Richard Drayton “treated his younger colleagues and students as equals, and had a quality of attention to each of them which is rarely found even in the best graduate teachers.” One of those former students was Professor Tony Ballantyne, the director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture. The Centre was fortunate to have Professor Bayly on our International Advisory Board, and we deeply regret the loss of a remarkable historian and pass on our sympathy to his family and all who knew him.

Dunedin Sound

The first ‘Global Dunedin’ public lecture takes place on Sunday 12 April.

Join us at 2pm in the Auditorium at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum to hear Dr Graeme Downes – from the University’s Department of Music and the renowned frontman of the Verlaines – talking about Dunedin music, particularly in light of the very successful Tally Ho! collaboration with the Southern Sinfonia.

Please come along!!

Dunedin’s Past, Present and Future

The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture is supporting a new initiative concerned with globalising local histories through the Global Dunedin project. We outlined this new initiative briefly in a post last month, but you can read about it in more detail in this news item from the University of Otago. Tony Ballantyne, Director of CRoCC and who has taken the lead on developing Global Dunedin, says the project is “the first of its kind for the University and for Dunedin. We think it is an important undertaking because our city is packed with really compelling and interesting stories. And sharing those stories is one way in which we might help strengthen the bonds of community”. We hope you’ll take an interest in Global Dunedin by following the blog and attending the associated public lectures, which are held on the second Sunday of each month at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

Centre News: Research and Publications

Here’s a brief round up of what some of the Centre members have been up to over the past few months.

Hugh Morrison has been investigating New Zealand and Scottish Presbyterian missionary children’s experiences, including interviewing 21 people in New Zealand and Scotland over the last year. He gave a research seminar at the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh in January, called ‘Sand Through the Fingers: Tracing Notions of Scottish Cultural Identity in the Narratives of New Zealand Presbyterian Missionary Families, 1890-1940′. He’s got a few publications in the works, including one emerging from a workshop in Germany (July 2014) on Indigenous teachers in mission school contexts in Bolivia, and had a book review published in Social Sciences and Missions (2015). He reviewed Timothy Yates (2013), The Conversion of the Māori: Years of Religious and Social Change, 1814-1842. In late August Hugh is convening a symposium on children and young people in colonial contexts, which is sponsored by the Centre.

Tom Brooking has been busy over the past six months. He’s had an article on Seddon and the Pacific published in the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies (2014) and book reviews published in Agricultural History (2014) and New Zealand Books. He has managed a third launch (after Dunedin and Hokitika) of King of God’s Own in Parliament sponsored by the Attorney General Chris Finlayson with the former Chief Historian and editor of Te Ara, Jock Phillips, giving the book his blessing. A fourth launch will take place at Powell’s Bookshop in Portland, Oregon during the New Zealand and Australian Studies section of the Western Social Science Association Annual Conference after Easter. His paper at this conference is on his next project on ‘The Making of Rural New Zealand’, entitled ‘Larkrise to Littledene’. The paper he gave on Seddon and Joseph Chamberlain at last year’s Birmingham symposium on Chamberlain is being published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of an edited collection. Tom’s final RSL at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, has been confirmed where he will work with Professor Eugenio Biagini on colonial nationalisms, and make progress on his book on the making of rural New Zealand. He will also visit Gallipoli, and Tyne Cot to assist with his teaching of the course on New Zealand and the First World War. Finally, Tom will give a paper at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environmental History in Munich.

As well as running a successful conference on eugenics in the British colonial world in February this year, John Stenhouse has also published ‘Missionaries and Science and Medicine’ in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the History of American Science, Medicine and Technology (2014).

Other Centre members, as noted in an earlier post, have published books, including Tony Ballantyne’s Entanglements of Empire (Duke and Auckland), which provides a new interpretation of the Anglican mission in northern New Zealand, while Barbara Brookes co-edited a book, Bodily Subjects. Another co-edited book is soon to be published: The Lives of Colonial Objects, co-edited by Annabel Cooper, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla, will appear with Otago University Press in July. This book is a product of the Centre’s inaugural conference, Colonial Objects, which took place way back in January 2013. Eight of the 50 essays have been written by Centre members.

During late February and early March, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla spent three weeks in Canada on visiting fellowships. They were based for two weeks at the University of Alberta (History and Native Studies) and one week at the University of Manitoba (History), where they gave a series of research talks and public lectures on various topics, including Indigenous literacy and Māori women’s writing; histories of intermarriage and empire; and the social impacts of American servicemen in the South Pacific during WWII, including a screening of the documentary film, Born of Conflict. In April, Lachy will be attending a pre-read workshop at the University of Cambridge (UK) on Print Media in the Colonial World, sponsored by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.




Introducing Global Dunedin

March 23 is Otago Anniversary Day, but it also happens to be the occasion for the launch of a new initiative from the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture: Global Dunedin. Have a look at Global Dunedin’s Blog, which is designed to serve as a forum for discussing Dunedin’s historical development and its changing economy, social life, and cultural pattern. The project will showcase how the city has changed over time and the ways in which its pasts have shaped its current and future prospects. The blog – together with an associated Facebook page and Twitter account (@GlobalDunedin) – will disseminate reflections on the city’s history and life here now.

In addition to a social media presence, the Global Dunedin project team are also running a public lecture series in conjunction with Toitū Otago Settlers Museum: in these Sunday afternoon talks, leading local researchers and thinkers will reflect on different aspects of Dunedin’s past and present.

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Global Dunedin



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