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Pāho blog highlights Humanities research

Thursday, 22 June 2017 8:53pm

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A screen shot of the Humanities Pāho blog, which highlights new and exciting research from the division.

A blog which highlights the new and exciting research happening within the University’s Division of Humanities is gaining popularity.

The Humanities Pāho blog was launched in September last year. It replaced a research newsletter which came out three times per year, and aims to give a more timely coverage of these stories.

Humanities Marketing and Information Officer Katie Smith says the blog is a great way to get a quick snapshot of what’s going on in Humanities, and find out about research that could have significant implications for society – such as the recently published story about Dr Emily Keddell’s report on child protection services.

"I think it is a fantastic representation of the fascinating and truly diverse research that is happening within the Division of Humanities."

Humanities Associate Dean Research, Associate Professor James Maclaurin, says the blog is aimed at a wide range of people, from Humanities staff to the general public and media.

“It gives divisional staff an easy-to-access place to keep up with what research is happening within the division – things they may not know about otherwise. It also gives other University staff, the public and the media access to stories about a wide range of high impact Humanities research on topics including social services, climate change, artificial intelligence, religion, music, politics, history and much much more.”

Miss Smith agrees.

“I think it is a fantastic representation of the fascinating and truly diverse research that is happening within the Division of Humanities. Pāho gives us a great way to celebrate the research successes of all of the staff in the division including early career staff and even graduate students.”

Alongside the blog, Humanities launched a dedicated twitter account that promotes the stories (@HumanitiesOtago) which has followers from government, media, academia, and many members of the public both from New Zealand and around the world.

What’s in a name?

Pāho means to broadcast, make widely known, announce, disseminate, transmit – rather fitting, Miss Smith says.