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About us

Aims and objectives

We aim to enable the production of new historical understandings of colonialism, colonial cultures, and empire in New Zealand, the Pacific and beyond.

We seek to do this by facilitating public discussion about colonialism and its legacies through conferences, symposia, workshops and hosting visiting scholars, as well as published research.

These are designed to push scholarly work in exciting and new methodological and analytical directions while also enriching public understanding and providing new knowledge to policy makers, community leaders and the cultural sector. 

The Centre is also committed to building productive ongoing relationships with relevant experts and institutions in order to ensure the utility and significance of its research.

Our structure


Professor Tony Ballantyne (Pro-Vice Chancellor Humanities)

Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla (History and Art History)

Steering Committee

Professor Barbara Brookes (History and Art History)

Associate Professor Annabel Cooper (Gender)

Associate Professor Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu)

International Advisory Board

Professor Antoinette Burton (University of Illinois)

Professor Alan Lester (University of Sussex)

Professor John Maynard (University of Newcastle)

Dr Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)

Rev Wayne Te Kaawa (Te Wānanga a Rangi)

Professor Henry Yu (University of British Columbia)