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Successful symposium on Indigenous Textual Cultures


Isabel Hofmeyr

The Centre was pleased to hold the Indigenous Textual Cultures symposium this week, an event that attracted a number of scholars from around the world interested in the history of indigenous peoples’ engagement with texts, and textual culture.  Mark Brunton, Research Manager Māori gave a mihi whakatau (welcome) to open the event, which was held at the wonderful Hocken Collections, one of New Zealand’s premier research libraries and archives.  A full hour was assigned for each presentation, allowing for depth of discussion within a focused event.


Keith Thor Carlson


Bruno Saura



Focusing on the content…


Presenters from left: Michael Reilly (Otago); Isabel Hofmeyr (Witswaterand); Tony Ballantyne (Otago); Keith Thor Carlson (Saskatchewan); Ārini Loader (VUW); ; Anna Johnston (Tasmania); Laura Rademaker (ANU); Bruno Saura (Polynésie Française); Emma Hunter (Cambridge); Lachy Paterson (Otago). Absent: Noelani Arista (Hawai’i)

 See programme for full details and  abstracts.


Laura Rademaker responding to a question from Tony Ballantyne.

Although there are of course specific differences in how indigenous peoples of various localities and time periods engaged with literacy and texts, the symposium was extremely valuable in generating conversation, and a publication is planned from research presented. We would like to thank the locals who came along to listen, as well as several from the North Island. In particular we would like to thank Julie Gough for the amazing poster image, and the Hocken Collections for all their support.

Indigenous Textual Cultures Symposium

Tēnā rā koutou.

On 30 June and 1 July the Indigenous Textual Cultures Symposium will be held in the Seminar Room at the Hocken Collections.  The Centre is excited to host this event, with leading academics from South Africa, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific presenting research looking at how indigenous peoples interacted with literacy and texts during the colonial period.

Check out the programme and the presenters’ Abstracts.

All interested staff, students and members of the public are most welcome to attend.  There is no fee for attendance but please RSVP to so that we have some idea about numbers for catering.


Poster, featuring work of Tasmanian Aboriginal artist and historian, Julie Gough.




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