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Inaugural Professorial Lectures, public lectures and events from the Division of Humanities.

IPL: "We need new forms": Playful Adventures from Chekhov to Verbatim Theatre

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Professor Stuart Young's Inaugural Professorial Lecture is entitled "We need new forms": Playful Adventures from Chekhov to Verbatim Theatre. Professor Stuart Young is currently Head of the Department of Music (which incorporates the Theatre Studies programme and the Bachelor of Peforming Arts programme). His research interests include Documentary/Verbatim Theatre; Russian drama, in particular Chekhov, and its reception abroad; Translation Studies and translation for the theatre; Modern British drama and theatre; New Zealand drama and theatre; Gay and queer drama.

Public Conversation with Professor Erica Chenoweth

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Erica Chenoweth is Professor & Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Professor Chenoweth is an internationally recognised authority on political violence and its alternatives, in 2014 she received the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research. In this conversation she discusses her life, influences and research with Dr Charles Butcher from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Erica Chenoweth - 'Do Violent Flanks Help or Hurt Campaigns of Nonviolent Resistance?'

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

An open lecture by Erica Chenoweth, Professor & Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Professor Chenoweth is an internationally recognised authority on political violence and its alternatives.

NCPACS: Public Conversation - How wars end: Past trends and future prospects

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Dr. Joakim Kreutz, Assistant Professor at the University of Uppsala, is an expert on how wars end, and what causes them to end. His research has focused on trends in war termination over the past 60 years, and more recently has examined the Colombian peace process and EU engagement in humanitarian intervention. This public conversation will explore Dr. Kreutz's pathway into this research area, some of the main findings in recent research on war termination, and how these insights might be applied to contemporary conflicts. 3 November 2015

Michael King Memorial Lecture 2015: Sir Tipene O’Regan - A Wanaka Without Walls: A Kai Tahu Knowledge Base of our own

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Sir Tipene O’Regan is best known as a long serving chairman of the Ngai Tahu Maori Trust board and as a key figure in the leadership of the Ngai Tahu claim to the Waitangi tribunal and he has been very influential in many other roles. Here he illuminates very important aspects of our places’ past, present, and its future and reflects on key cultural and historical issues of particular pertinence of all New Zealander’s including history, knowledge and tribal identity. 1 October 2015

NCPACS: Public Conversation: The Peace of Islam

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Professor Richard Jackson talks to Dr Najibullah Lafraie, Department of Politics, who discusses a range of issues he is concerned about. Dr Lafraie discusses his family and growing up in Afghanistan, the effect of religion in his life and his early education through his study. After leaving Afghanistan for a short time, he returned to carry out his PhD study and continued on to join the resistance against the Soviet Union and continues with how he stayed in the country, in hiding, when the Taliban were present, to finally coming to live in New Zealand. 28 September 2015

CTPI: Faith and Wisdom in Science

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

In this talk Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom discusses themes from his recently published book ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ (Oxford University Press, 2014). In this book, Tom takes a scientist’s reading of the Old Testament’s Book of Job and uses this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty, alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current “science and religion” debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. There are immediate consequences for how we treat science in government, the media, in education and in churches. 22 September 2015

Peace Lecture 2015: Pursuing peace in a time of peace and a time of war

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The twelfth annual peace lecture, organised by the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy and the Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group, is given by Rabbi Fred Morgan, Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. In this talk Rabbi Fred Morgan will address a number of questions – Does the notion of pursuing peace have to be modified according to the time in which we find ourselves? How do the dynamics of pursuing peace change from one context to the other? What is the role of religions in times of peace and times of war? And how do the dynamics of pursuing peace under different circumstances impact on interfaith relations? 9 September 2015

IPL: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Ongoing Legacy

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Professor David Tombs holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His Inaugural Professorial Lecture discusses Latin American liberation theology and its ongoing legacy. 8 September 2015

CTPI: Can there be a unified theory of religious freedom?

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

In this talk Professor Peter Danchin, Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law discusses the three key concepts in modern religious freedom discourse – neutrality, universality and legality. What is increasingly recognised, however, is the extent to which these concepts are inextricably entangled, historically and substantively, with theological concepts and categories. In drawing out these connections and assessing their implications for three central questions concerning the subject, object and justification of the right to religious liberty, this talk asks whether there can be a unified theory of religious freedom and in what sense we can say the right is independent of religious traditions and the contested notions of freedom within them. 19 August 2015

College of Education: Becoming Dishuman: Re-thinking social policy through disability, Paul Gibson

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

This presentation given by Paul Gibson, Disability Rights Commissioner, follows on from Katherine Runswick-Cole’s talk on her research project ‘Big Society? Disabled people with learning disabilities and civil society’. In this talk he focuses on the journey of understanding, and the role of research in making disability rights real. 12 August 2015

College of Education: Becoming Dishuman: Re-thinking social policy through disability, Katherine Runswick-Cole

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Katherine Runswick-Cole, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, discusses her research project ‘Big Society? Disabled people with learning disabilities and civil society’ which she completed in collaboration with Dan Goodley of the University of Sheffield, UK. In this paper they seek to develop an understanding of social policy driven by a commitment to the politics of disability, especially the politics of people labeled with learning disabilities. 12 August 2015

2015 Hocken Lecture: 'Archives, Public Memory and the work of history'

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Professor Tony Ballantyne, former Head of the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, Chair of the Hocken Collections Committee and Director of the University’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture has been engaged in a long-running research project on the production of colonial culture. This lecture explores the nature of archives, the possibilities of digitisation, and the role of both archival collections and historical writing in the making and remaking of cultural memory. 6 August 2015