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CRoCC Seminar: Skeletons in the Attic

A reminder that our final seminar of the year will be presented by Dr. Rosi Crane, a newly minted Associate Member of the Centre. She will speak about the prehistory of Otago Museum’s zoological collections, which were acquired before the First World War but have precious little documentation associated with them. Drawing upon the specimens themselves, labels and photographs, this presentation will consider how we can use these sources to make sense of the scientific approaches to curating in nineteenth century Dunedin.

Please join us at 3.30 on Friday 27 October in the Hocken Seminar Room (90 Anzac Avenue) to hear what promises to be a great talk.

Te Tumu seminar today

A seminar being held today in Te Tumu may be of interest to CROCC subscribers. Tahu Pōtiki (Kāi Tahi, Kāti Mamoe) of Ōtākou Marae, former CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRONT), will be presenting on Ka aru tātou i te aha? What are we pursuing, what is the outcome?”

Where: R3S10 (on third floor of Te Tumu, University of Otago)

When: 2.00 pm, Wednesday 4 October.

Abstract: Has the development of the Ngāi Tahu policy framework created a new identity?

Since 1998, Ngāi Tahu has grown demographically, in size and structure. Marae and kāinga have been significantly made-over. The iwi is well known as a successful tribe and business. Tahu Pōtiki has been integrally involved within his iwi, hapū and whānau for his lifetime. In this seminar he will discuss how the Ngāi Tahu policy framework has created a new identity. He will critique key policy initiatives that he was fundamental in instigating.

All interested people are welcome to attend.

New Histories of Pacific Whaling Symposium

Call for Papers

New Histories of Pacific Whaling

An International Symposium co-sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center, the University of Oregon and the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, New Zealand

University of Hawai’i – Mānoa, June 29 – 30, 2018


Emerging historical scholarship is upending older work on whaling and showcasing it as an ideal medium with which to investigate human relationships with the oceans and with each other. Whales offer investigative bridgeheads into the cultural histories of non-human species, the hidden histories of energy economies, and the complicated histories of cross-cultural contact. Whale histories are demonstrating to environmental historians the various scales, including oceanic scales, with which they can work and are challenging them to consider new forms of evidence and new tools of interpretation. This international symposium aims to bring together the excellent, scholarship integrating the history of Pacific whaling with environmental and cross-cultural history. We seek participants from around the world to convene next year at Honolulu, the center of the Pacific whaling industry. We especially welcome scholarship that engages Pacific and environmental history and examines the crucial linkages between whaling, animal histories, indigenous histories, capitalism, diplomacy, environmental change, and globalization.

Participants will be expected to pre-circulate drafts of works in progress in advance of the symposium. Selected papers will be published as a special issue of Rachel Carson Center’s Perspectives. Travel and lodging costs will be covered by the seminar sponsors.

For those interested, please email 250-word paper proposals along with a short cv to the symposium conveners by September 1, 2017

Ryan Tucker Jones, University of Oregon

Angela Wanhalla, University of Otago

Research Seminar by Dr Mere Whaanga

Noted scholar and writer, Dr. Mere Whaanga, currently the Children’s Writer in Residence at the University of Otago, is giving a research seminar, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, on Friday 28 July. Her talk is titled: “From pepeha to picture book to tribal history: telling Māori stories in multiple genres”, and it will take place at the Hocken Library Seminar room, 90 Anzac Avenue, starting at 3.30.
All are welcome!

Film in the Colony: Registration Closing 5 July

For those interested in attending the Film in the Colony Symposium being held at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (13-14 July) in conjunction with a screening programme on 12 & 15 July, be advised that registration is closing soon, so get in quick as there are limited places.


Register for Film in the Colony

Registration is now open for the Film in the Colony Symposium, which will be held at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington, on 13 & 14 July.

Full Registration: $100 (General) $85 (Student)

Daily Registration: $70 (General) $55 (Student)

Conference Dinner: $45

Please be aware because of room capacity, registration is limited to 90 people.

You can register via the Film in the Colony website.

Jessie Weston: Imperial Enthusiast?

Visiting scholar, Professor Sarah Carter (University of Alberta), is giving a research talk to the Department of History at Art History at the University of Otago on Wednesday May 10th in Burns 5, starting at 3.30. Sarah’s talk is: “From Auckland to the Motherland: Journalist and Imperial Enthusiast Jessie Weston/C. de Thierry”. All are welcome.



Te Tumu Seminar by Prof. Sarah Carter

Visiting scholar and William Evans Fellow, Professor Sarah Carter (University of Alberta) is giving a research seminar on 1960s agricultural policy on First Nations reserves on Wednesday 26th April starting at 2.30. Professor Carter’s talk is hosted by Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago and will take place in Te Tumu’s ground floor performance space. All are welcome!



Film in the Colony

The due date to submit abstracts for Film in the Colony has been extended to 25 March. We can confirm that the keynote speakers have been finalised and include: Dame Professor Anne Salmond, Natalie Robertson (Auckland) Dr Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk, Dr Litheko Modisane (Cape Town). Exhibiting: Lisa Reihana (Auckland).

Make sure you get those abstracts in!

Film in the Colony Symposium


Researching Teenage Histories

This is the title of Associate Professor Chris Brickell’s forthcoming talk to the New Zealand Presbyterian Research Network. Chris is giving the network’s Annual Lecture on Thursday 1 December starting at 5.30 in the Hewitson Wing, Knox College, Arden St. All are welcome to attend.


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