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Division of Humanities News Archive for 2016

Academic Promotions

Friday, 16 December 2016 3:54pm

The number of female Professors in the Faculty of Law has doubled after the latest round of academic promotions. Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor, including Margaret Briggs and Shelley Griffiths from the Faculty of Law.

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Property Relationships Act (PRA) Symposium

Friday, 16 December 2016 4:47pm

On 8 and 9 December, the Faculty of Law hosted a symposium, Reviewing the PRA 1976: the major issues, which was held at the University of Otago Auckland Centre.

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Associate Professor Janine Hayward appointed full professor

Friday, 16 December 2016 10:24am

Early next year Associate Professor Janine Hayward, Head of the Department of Politics, will join the ranks of an exclusive group of academics with her promotion to full professor.

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Student secures Ministry of Justice summer internship

Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:40pm

From a pool of over 300 applicants, BA (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) / LLB graduate John Lee secured a summer internship with the Ministry of Justice.

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DRUMedin is coming

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:56am

A 24-hour event supported by the University of Otago is hoping to drum up more support for the Dunedin Night Shelter Trust.

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Pāho, the Humanities Research blog is launched

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 4:51pm

Pāho highlights the new and exciting research happening within the Division of Humanities at Otago.

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New scholarships for Irish Studies students

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 9:24am

Four new scholarships for Irish studies have been announced, with funding from the Eamon Cleary Trust.

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Special Collections offers weekly tours of new exhibition

Friday, 9 December 2016 1:38pm

Weekly tours through the University’s latest Special Collections exhibition will offer visitors a chance to hear some of the more complex stories of the literary families on display.

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Humanities Panel on US Presidential Election

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 9:29am

It has been an extraordinary year in US politics. Donald Trump’s surprise win on 8 November came against everyone’s expectations, possibly even his own.  A University of Otago Panel discussion tomorrow will take a closer look at the implications.

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Theatre Studies actors punch above their weight

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 9:31pm

An impressive number of nominations for the 2016 Dunedin Theatre Awards have come from the University of Otago Theatre Studies programme.

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Emeritus Professor Anne Smith Collection announced

Friday, 25 November 2016 12:26pm

The close relationship between the University of Otago and late Emeritus Professor Anne Smith has been honoured with a donation of books and journals from Anne Smith’s family to the University of Otago College of Education and the Children's Issues Centre.

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Humanities Aronui Medal for Professor Tony Ballantyne

Friday, 25 November 2016 11:23am

Professor Ballantyne was awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal for reshaping scholarly thought on British imperial history at the 2016 RSNZ Research Honours dinner.

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Two leading Otago researchers awarded prestigious national medals

Thursday, 24 November 2016 4:28pm

The outstanding achievements of two University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2016 Research Honours Dinner. The pair was among 13 New Zealand researchers honoured at the Royal Society of New Zealand event in Christchurch.

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The 23RD NICHIBUNKEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:00am

Japanese Studies Down Under: History, Politics, Literature and Art

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Celebrating 50 years of Otago's Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Monday, 7 November 2016 9:56pm

Some of the finest artworks ever produced in New Zealand are on show in Dunedin from this week as the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Hocken Library host an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Otago’s Frances Hodgkins Fellowship.

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Celebrating the impact of 50 years of University of Otago Frances Hodgkins Fellowships

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 2:29pm

Some of the finest artworks ever produced in New Zealand are on show in Dunedin from this week.

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Nato Down Under: Clouds over Asia-Pacific

Friday, 28 October 2016 10:52am

What possible interest might the Northern Hemisphere’s military alliance have in this part of the world? Plenty, it seems.

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Manila's Pyrrhic Victory: ASEAN in disarray over the South China Sea

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:08am

Once celebrated as a model multilateral organization and an agent of positive regional change, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in disarray.

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Nietzschean Killers Meet Feminist Cop: Murder by Numbers and the Storying of Leopold and Loeb

Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:30am

This seminar examines the group of films based on the story of Nathan F. Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, whose joint kidnap and murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago on May 21, 1924 was famously dubbed the ‘crime of the century’.

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English internship’s fabulous start

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:37am


Otago’s first student of English to take the Division of Humanities new internship paper, Aleisha Pienaar, is discovering Dunedin’s literary riches, working on a significant project for the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

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Politics student elected to Community Board

Friday, 14 October 2016 9:10am

In the recent local body elections, Ryan Jones, currently studying towards a BA in Politics with a minor in Māori Studies, was elected to the West Harbour Community Board. An impressive achievement for a 19 year old.

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University selects next College of Education Dean

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 3:58pm

The University of Otago has selected a top educational leadership researcher, Associate Professor Ross Notman, as the next Dean of its College of Education.

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Politics and International Studies students take on Antarctica

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 9:02am

Later this year, BA (Politics) student Tom Lord, and MIntSt student Nita Sullivan will be heading to Antarctica as part of a 14-week multi-disciplinary programme.

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Eggleton wins prestigious PM’s writing award

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 4:49pm

Writer and former University of Otago Burns Fellow David Eggleton is one of three winners of the 2016 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in poetry.

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Otago introduces Bachelor of Arts and Science degree

Monday, 10 October 2016 10:56am

Wondering what to study at University?
Enjoy both Arts and Science?
You can do both!

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New book a valuable resource for future-focused literacy practice

Thursday, 6 October 2016 4:49pm

University of Otago College of Education lecturers Dr Jane Tilson and Dr Susan Sandretto have launched a new book Integrating critical multiliteracies using the Four Resources Model: A New Zealand Guide.

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Film celebrates Te Whāriki turning twenty

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 4:59pm

NZEI celebrates Te Whāriki turning twenty with a film featuring University of Otago College of Education Professor Helen May

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Politics staff join Fulbright Forum on the 2016 US Presidential Election

Friday, 30 September 2016 11:47am

Professor Robert Patman and Dr Carla Lam are panel members for the upcoming Fulbright Forum: 2016 US Presidential Election – a transformative event?

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Hanami Cherry Blossom Viewing Party

Friday, 30 September 2016 10:39am

The Department of Languages and Cultures Japanese Programme & Dunedin Otaru Sister City Society present the 2016 Hanami Cherry Blossom Viewing Party.

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Open Lecture by Ex Languages student

Friday, 23 September 2016 4:00pm

Jade Gray: Becoming an entrepreneur in China

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Languages and Cultures Annual Culture Quiz - 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 4:04pm

This year saw our biggest and best quiz to date, with over seven High Schools joining us.

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International Language Week

Monday, 19 September 2016 4:08pm

Every year in the third week of August, we celebrate International Languages Week. During that week, we join with our university and secondary schools' multlingual and multicultural communities to celebrate languages and cultural diversities.

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Celebrating Our Students' Success:  Highlights

Sunday, 18 September 2016 4:18pm

Chinese and Japanese language students awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia.

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Books launched in honour of Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie

Friday, 16 September 2016 4:27pm

On Thursday 8 September, the Otago Law Faculty celebrated the launch of two Law Foundation funded books written in honour of academic staff: Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie.

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University of Otago announces Arts Fellows for 2017

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:40pm

The University of Otago’s prestigious Arts fellowships for 2017 have been announced.

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University of Otago announces Arts Fellows for 2017

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 8:32am

The University of Otago’s prestigious Arts fellowships for 2017 have been announced.

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Scenes from Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors

Friday, 2 September 2016 10:42am

Performed by the young actors of the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production 2016 on 30 September and 1 October at 7.30pm.

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Otago Daily Times misrepresents Humanities Division meeting

Monday, 29 August 2016 9:44am

University management and a staff union say a story in the Otago Daily Times on Friday misrepresented a meeting about the Humanities Division review.

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Screenwriting Research Network Conference

Sunday, 28 August 2016 10:36am

In 2017 the annual international conference on screenwriting research will be hosted and organised by the Department of Media, Film, and Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Beach work benefits community

Monday, 22 August 2016 12:57pm

Experimental work to improve the resilience of vulnerable sand dunes at South Dunedin’s St Kilda Beach fulfils Otago Geography Master’s student Tom Simons-Smith’s desire for his research to directly benefit people.

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Pacific Island Student Summer Scholarship

Friday, 12 August 2016 8:39am

Te Tumu and the Department of Politics are offering two summer scholarships for Pacific Island undergraduate students to undertake Pacific related research and other academic activities over the 2016/2017 summer period.

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Enrol to vote by 12 August!

Thursday, 4 August 2016 8:56am

Are you enrolled to vote in local elections? If you’re not (or you’re not sure), check it out today and enrol by 12 August.


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Otago hosts NZ's first model ASEAN meeting

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 12:27pm

On the 23rd of July, over 30 student gathered to take part in the very first Model ASEAN Meeting in New Zealand, organised by UN Youth Otago.

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Politics students attend Youth Parliament

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 8:15am

Stephanie-Anne Ross (LLB/BA) and Callum Findlater (BA) were selected to attend Youth Parliament, held every three years at Parliament.

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Otago represented at International Political Science Association Conference in Poznan, Poland

Monday, 1 August 2016 8:22am

The 24th IPSA World Congress took place in Poznan, Poland from 23 -28 July 2016.

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New challenge to old orthodoxy: Fighting graft in developing countries is not necessarily a good thing

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 9:14am

PhD candidate Luca J. Uberti challenges the orthodox belief that combatting corruption in developing countries is a noble and beneficial practice. He shows that corruption is not always bad for economic growth and that combatting it may under certain circumstances do more harm than good.
 
Want to know more? Contact luca.jacopo.uberti@gmail.com

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Breaking Silence: GI Babies and their Pasifika Mothers

Friday, 1 July 2016 3:44pm

Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. These children and their indigenous mothers have largely been absent from written histories of the war. Mothers’ Darlings breaks that silence: this is the first book to give an account of the lives of some of these children and their mothers.

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Gargantuan book launched

Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:18am

Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer Barry Allan has launched a gargantuan book of almost 2000 pages which the publisher says is one of the largest pieces of academic writing a single author has ever produced for a first edition in New Zealand.

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Otago alumnus receives prestigious MEA award

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 1:42pm

Dr David Paterno, who gained his PhD at Otago in 2015, has received a prestigious Media Ecology Association (MEA) award for his PhD thesis.

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How does one retire after four decades of university study?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:02pm

Two University of Otago retired Geographers Blair Fitzharris and Peter Holland discuss life after retirement.

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In memory of Professor Anne B. Smith

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 2:50pm

The College of Education mourns the passing of Professor Anne Smith on 22 May 2016.

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Interdisciplinary work will improve the civil justice system

Thursday, 19 May 2016 3:47pm

The new director of New Zealand’s only civil Legal Issues Centre believes the key to improving the civil justice system for thousands of New Zealanders will involve looking outside the legal system. 

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Politics MA graduate excels

Thursday, 19 May 2016 4:21pm

After completing the MA in Politics (by thesis) at the end of 2015, Stevie Jepson took up a position as graduate policy advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as part of its 18 month policy graduate programme.

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Annual Spanish end of semester function

Sunday, 15 May 2016 4:30pm

The annual end of semester Spanish function was held on Thursday 15th May in the Humanities Division Tearoom. There was an array of Spanish food, drink, and music. The food was lovingly made by our Senior Lecturer Dr. Adelso Yanez.

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New Master of Politics launched in 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:15am

For students of Politics and cognate disciplines, our new taught Master of Politics (MPOLS) provides an exciting opportunity to develop valuable communication and analytical skills whilst obtaining a highly sought-after postgraduate qualification that combines coursework with a research dissertation.

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Politics Staff Member joins major new research initiative on the Pacific

Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:14am

Dr Iati Iati, Senior lecturer in the Department of Politics at Otago, has been selected to join a major new research initiative funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Congratulations Daniel: winner of the Bridget Gilchrist Language Perfect Scholarship

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 4:38pm

Language Perfect offered one lucky student a scholarship (Bridget Gilchrist Language Perfect Scholarship) of NZD$5000.00 towards their course fees when they enrolled in either a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) or Diploma in Languages at the University of Otago for the 2014 academic year.

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Geologist teaches on TV

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 9:57am

Appearing in a television documentary series sparked a flood of texts to Dr Virginia Toy, including one saying she had shown that scientists are normal people who care deeply about their work - and are neither mad nor "boffins".

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History, Art History & Visual Culture Students' Association

Thursday, 24 March 2016 8:49am

History, Art History & Visual Culture Students' Association Careers Options followed by drinks and nibbles

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Three universities unite for Pacific research

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 8:33am

Research into the challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific Islands and their communities will flourish thanks to the uniting of resources and expertise of three New Zealand universities.

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Master of Planning internship broadens thinking

Monday, 21 March 2016 11:54am

Otago's Nathan Harris is the first student from the Master of Planning course to be an intern with the University's Property Services.

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Putin targets Merkel on sanctions

Friday, 18 March 2016 10:03am

Otago Professor of International Relations Robert G. Patman says it is clear that Vladimir Putin’s regime is targeting Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU coalition government in a bid to break the international sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in the Ukraine in 2014.

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A History of New Zealand Women

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:54pm

An interview of Professor Barbara Brookes has appeared in the April issue of North and South in relation to her latest book, A History of New Zealand Women.

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Atmospheric scientist to do glacier-focused research at German university

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:27pm

Geography’s Dr Nicolas Cullen has been awarded two grants to do a research project in Germany aimed at teasing out the key atmospheric processes controlling both glacier advance and retreat in the Southern Alps.

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Focus on Ireland's Easter Rising

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:57am

The complicated legacy of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, and its impact in New Zealand, will be the focus of a conference in Dunedin next week, which was organised by the University of Otago’s Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.

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Families of NZ conscientious objectors sought to share and preserve stories

Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:49pm

A University of Otago academic researching the experiences of the families of New Zealand’s conscientious objectors is gauging interest in a “truth and reconciliation” gathering in mid-October 2017.

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Time passed at the “speed of a shark” for Frances Hodgkins Fellow

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 1:24pm

Relief. Elation. Post-show blue. Mildly anxious.

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Think-tank will offer new insights on waterfront

Monday, 7 March 2016 9:46am

Visiting academic Senior Lecturer Dr Jan Lorenz Wilhelm hopes think-tank will provide clarity on issues around the future use of Dunedin’s waterfront.

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1916 Easter Rising Centenary conference

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 9:06am

The Centre of Irish and Scottish Studies and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum are proud to be able to invite you to a two-day conference open to the public that brings together local and international experts to begin telling the story of New Zealand's response to Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.