Tony Ballantyne, the incoming PVC Humanities at the University of Otago, departing HoD of History and Art History, and Director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture gave the 2015 Hocken Lecture last week. In it, Tony discussed some archive stories that are foundational to his own work, and critiqued claims about archival silences promoted by some postcolonial scholars by pointing to the lively and rich vein of work being produced at the University of Otago, particularly by researchers attached to the Centre. You can read about his lecture in this Otago Bulletin article, which gives a thorough report on its content and maps out Tony’s vision for New Zealand history. Thanks Tony for a wonderful lecture!
The Centre is delighted to hear that this year’s Hocken Lecture will be given by Professor Tony Ballantyne, the Centre’s director and the Head of the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago. He will talk on ‘Archives, Public Memory and the Work of History’ in the Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, 95 Albany Street, on 6 August, beginning at 5.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.
The draft programme for the forthcoming James Cowan Symposium (21 February at the National Library, Wellington) is now available.
9-9.30: coffee, muffins
9.30-10.45: Mihi and welcome followed by a Keynote lecture from Chris Hilliard, University of Sydney
Chair: Annabel Cooper
11.00-12.30: Session One (Chair: Paul Diamond)
Robert Joseph and Paul Meredith/On The Maniapoto O&T Report
Te Kenehi Teira/Historic Places on Rangiaowhia/recording sites
David Green /Commemorating Chivalry and Unity?
1.30-3.00: Session Two (Chair: David Colquhoun)
Ariana Tikao/ Tales from the Border
Kathryn Parsons/ The Enzed Junior
Jim Frood/ Cowan for Secondary School Students
3.15-5.00: Session Three (Chair: Angela Wanhalla)
Roger Blackley/ The Plutarch of Maoriland
Lydia Wevers/ Romance of the Rail
Annabel Cooper and Diane Pivac/ Filmed History: Cowan’s Screen Legacy
Wrap-Up Comments: Tony Ballantyne, University of Otago