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Conference Registration Open

Registration for the Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters Conference (24-26 November) is now open. This multi-disciplinary conference brings together four major research hubs in the Division of Humanities at the University of Otago, including the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, the Asian Migration research theme, and the Cross-Cultural Comparative Studies research theme and has attracted four great keynote speakers: Brenda Yeoh (NUS), Ann Curthoys (Sydney), Regina Ganter (Griffith) and Ian Smith (Otago). Clicking on the highlighted text will take you to the conference website where you can view a draft programme and also register. Do note that registration closes at 5pm on November 10th. We do hope that you will join us for what promises to be a fantastic conference!



CFP: Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters

Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters: A Multidisciplinary Conference

24-26 November 2014
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Historical and contemporary global migration involves a range of cross-cultural encounters, but how are these interactions discussed, debated, and defined? This three-day multidisciplinary conference seeks to examine past and present migrant encounters with other peoples in a diverse range of locations. Papers from various disciplinary angles are welcome from a variety of themes and from any historical period or region.

Themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Race, ethnicity and citizenship
  • War, migration and cross-cultural contact
  • Labour, migration and cross-cultural encounters
  • Empire, contact and mobility
  • Gender, migration, and cross-cultural encounters

Please provide:

  • a title
  • a 250-word abstract of your paper
  • brief biographical information (including institutional affiliation and contact details).

All proposals will be assessed after the deadline of Friday 11 July 2014. If you require an earlier acceptance please advise us.

Proposals or requests for further information should be sent to:

The conference is sponsored by four key multidisciplinary research hubs in the Division of Humanities at the University of Otago:


For further information see the website (click the highlighted text).




CFP: New Zealand Historical Association Conference

Call for Papers
New Zealand Historical Association Conference
20-22 November 2013


The biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference is being held in Dunedin from Wednesday 20 November until Friday 22 November.

Keynote Speakers are:

Professor Elizabeth Elbourne (McGill University)
Professor Maya Jasanoff (Harvard University)
Professor Henry Yu (University of British Columbia)
Associate Professor Damon Salesa (University of Auckland)
Professor Atholl Anderson (ANU)


Title and abstracts should be submitted by 15 May via email to <>.


The conference committee welcomes panel proposals, which group three or four papers together with a chair. We are especially keen to receive panel proposals that bring senior scholars and postgraduate students together.  The conference organisers are also supportive of proposals for panels that will be conducted in te reo Maori. We are also actively seeking panels that addresshistory in the classroom, from pedagogical strategies to discussions of curricular design.


A number of other events are being held in conjunction with the main conference. On Tuesday 19 November, PHANZA (Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa) will hold a one-day workshop, with sessions on the theory and practice of public history in New Zealand. A separate call for papers will be issued by PHANZA soon and those details will also be posted on the NZHA blog <>. On the same day, the Religious History Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will be holding a workshop as well: those interested in participating should contact Allan Davidson at <>. On Tuesday 19 November the University of Otago’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture (CROCC) will also be running a workshop for postgraduate students working on empire and colonialism. A separate call for postgraduates interested in that event will be issued soon, but initial enquiries about that event can be directed to <>. All three of these workshops will be hosted by St Margaret’s College on the Otago campus.


Any queries can be directed to <>


Inaugural conference a great success

The conference convenors wish to acknowledge, and thank, all 116 registrants who took part in the inaugural conference of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture for contributing to an intellectually enriching environment and fostering such an enjoyable and engaging atmosphere. Thanks to our students helpers especially, and to our wonderful keynote speakers!

Conal McCarthy giving his keynote address at the Colonial Objects Conference


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