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The Price of Peace public screening with Tame Iti

Thursday, 5 May 2016 - Burns Lecture Theatre 2
The Space, Race, Bodies II conference will feature a public screening of The Price of Peace (2015) on Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. in the Burns Lecture Theatre 2.  Directed by investigative journalist Kim Webby, The Price of Peace is an enlightening and moving portrait of Tuhoe activist, artist and kaumatua Tame Iti, one of the keynote speakers of the conference.  The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Tame Iti.

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Space, Race, Bodies II: Sovereignty and migration in a carceral age

Friday, 6 May 2016 - University of Otago
Space, Race, Bodies II: Sovereignty and Migration in a Carceral Age is an academic and activist conference featuring workshops that address the intersections of criminal justice movements around the incarceration of migrants and communities of colour and Indigenous sovereign movements. SRB II builds on the momentum and opportunities enabled by the first Space, Race, Bodies conference in publicising and disseminating scholarship and activism on the intersections between geography, racism and racialisation.

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The compassion deficit: The new war against asylum

Saturday, 7 May 2016 - Burns Lecture Theatre 2
Drawing on her refugee camp reportage along the Thai-Myanmar border and Sydney's Villawood detention centre, journalist Tracey Barnett will examine this rapidly emerging new war on asylum - and New Zealand's response to it.

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Hongihongia te whewheia - Know your enemy

Saturday, 7 May 2016 - Burns Lecture Theatre 2
In this talk, Tame Iti discusses the concept of enemies (whewheia), and how they are both internal and external to communities.  He will also focus on how they are dealt with and understood, "If you don't know your enemy, you're in a dire state".

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Stolen identities, stolen opportunities: The psychological impact of stereotypes on Indigenous peoples

Sunday, 8 May 2016 - Burns 2 lecture theatre
Associate Professor Stephanie Fryberg from the University of Washington presents six studies that examine the impact of both stereotypic representations, such as American Indian mascots, and invisibility for the psychological well being of Indigenous and White students.  This is one of the keynote addresses in the Space, Race, Bodies II conference. 

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Revisiting Audiences: Reception, Identity, Technology

Thursday, 9 June 2016 - Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand
Second MFCO Early Career-Graduate Conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand

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Mediating the Real

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - Castle C and D
Keynote speakers: Misha Kavka (The University of Auckland); Allen Meek (Massey University) & Agon Hamza (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts). This conference addresses what the ‘Real’ might mean in contemporary media studies.

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Screenwriting Research Network Conference

Friday, 1 December 2017
We are hosting the 9th OERC Symposium on 26 November, 2015 at Arana College. Call for abstracts and details will be announced soon.