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Dr Hugh Morrison

Dr Hugh MorrisonSenior Lecturer
BA (Hons) (Otago), BTh (ACT), PhD (Massey), FRHistS

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 4240
Email hugh.morrison@otago.ac.nz

Biography

My graduate studies in Geography and History took me to the Christchurch College of Education and then to a teaching position at New Plymouth Girls’ High School.

I then went on to theological study and professional youth work, with a focus on volunteer adult training. PhD study in New Zealand religious history at Massey University led to teaching contracts in the History Department at the University of Waikato, where I was a History Research Associate between 2007 and 2017.

Current teaching focuses on Social Science curriculum areas for pre-service Secondary trainees, on the history of children and young people, and on education history. Research is in the broader areas of religious, social and cultural history with a focus on New Zealand’s interface with the British world and British Empire (especially through the modern Protestant missionary movement), and on the religious identities of children and young people.

Scholarly Involvement and Connections

  • Society membership and involvement: Member of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (and Co-chair, Australasian Regional Network); Children’s History Society UK (Overseas Committee Member); Ecclesiastical History Society (UK); Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity; New Zealand Historical Association, New Zealand Religious History Association
  • Editorial board member for the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood series (Palgrave Macmillan) and the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies (Deputy Chair); Panel Judge for the Grace Abbott Book Prize Committee, Society for the History of Children and Youth
  • Visiting Fellowships and Distinctions: Elected Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2017); Visiting Fellow, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh (2012); Research Associate in the History Programme, University of Waikato (2007-2017)
  • Invited research presentations / addresses: Centre for the History of Childhood, University of Oxford (2017 and 2012); Institute of Historical Research, University of London (2017 and 2010); Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh (2015); Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh (2012)
  • Research Centre affiliations / membership: the Centre for the History of Childhood (University of Oxford); the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture (University of Otago); the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (University of Otago)
  • Peer or book reviewer for: Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth; Journal of Ecclesiastical History; Journal of Religious History; Social Sciences and Missions/Sciences Sociales et Missions; Journal of Educational Administration and History; New Zealand Geographer; New Zealand Journal of History; and New Zealand Sociology

Teaching Area

  • History of children and young people
  • Secondary Social Sciences Curriculum Areas
  • History of Education

Research Interests

My research focuses on New Zealand and British world religious history, with a particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth century Protestant missionary movement and its relationship to children, literature and education. There are three critical aspects.

  1. The mission history aspects are seminal and programmatic with respect to the New Zealand context and to colonial religious childhoods. This research provides a framework and counterpoint for national and international scholars to engage with further.
  2. I adopt a transnational and comparative approach for interpreting British world religious history. For example my focus on children and religion compares three different settings - New Zealand, Canada, Scotland – by looking at ways that religion, empire, nation, education, geography, and family shaped children’s and young people’s identity.
  3. I adopt a theoretical and historiographical perspective across all areas of research, to elucidate new historical understanding by scrutinising religious history and practice with respect to contexts, discourses, emotions and new possibilities. This approach is directly influenced both by the focus on mission history (requiring local religious trends to be interpreted globally) and by wider reflection on religious and childhood history thinking and practice.

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Publications

Morrison, H. (2018). Colonial archives: Protestant missionary magazines, images, and children. In J. Becker & K. Stornig (Eds.), Menschen – Bilder – Eine Welt Ordnungen von Vielfalt in der religiösen Publizistik um 1900. (pp. 283-304). Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Morrison, H. (2017). “It’s really where your parents were”: Differentiating and situating Protestant missionary children’s lives, c. 1900-1940. Journal of Family History, 42(4), 419-439. doi: 10.1177/0363199017725021

Morrison, H., & Martin, M. C. (Eds.). (2017). Creating religious childhoods in Anglo-world and British colonial contexts, 1800-1950. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 306p. doi: 10.4324/9781315408781

Morrison, H. (2017). Service, sacrifice and responsibility: Religion and Protestant settler childhood in New Zealand and Canada, c. 1860-1940. In H. Morrison & M. C. Martin (Eds.), Creating religious childhoods in Anglo-world and British colonial contexts, 1800-1950. (pp. 241-260). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315408781

Morrison, H. (2016). Pushing boundaries: New Zealand protestants and overseas missions 1827-1939. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 340p.

Other Research Output

Morrison, H. (2018, March). Field notes on busy bees & global nomads: Scottish & NZ Presbyterian children and overseas missions. Knox College, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

Morrison, H. (2017, May). Writing missionary children's lives: Presbyterian New Zealand and Scottish cases. Centre for the History of Childhood Studies, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK. [Invited Seminar].

Morrison, H. (2017, May). Protestant missions and writing New Zealand history: Reflections on a journey. School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, UK. [Invited Seminar].

Morrison, H. (2015, January). Sand through the fingers: Tracing notions of Scottish cultural identity in the narrative of New Zealand missionary families. Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies Seminar, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. [Research Seminar].

Morrison, H. (2012, October). Competing Kingdoms? British settler children, religion and Imperial identity c.1890-1930, Faculty of History Seminar, University of Oxford, UK. [Research Seminar].

Morrison, H. (2012, October). Doing religious history 'down under': Challenges and opportunities in the New Zealand context, Centre for the Study of World Christianity Seminar, University of Edinburgh, UK. [Research Seminar].

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Authored Book - Research

Morrison, H. (2016). Pushing boundaries: New Zealand protestants and overseas missions 1827-1939. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 340p.

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Edited Book - Research

Morrison, H., & Martin, M. C. (Eds.). (2017). Creating religious childhoods in Anglo-world and British colonial contexts, 1800-1950. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 306p. doi: 10.4324/9781315408781

Morrison, H., Paterson, L., Knowles, B., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (2012). Mana Māori and Christianity. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia, 356p.

Troughton, G., & Morrison, H. (Eds.). (2011). The spirit of the past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand history. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press, 255p.

Coleborne, C., Houlahan, M., & Morrison, H. (Eds.). (2006). Telling lives: Essays in biography and history. Hamilton, New Zealand: Departments of History & Humanities, University of Waikato, 193p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Morrison, H. (2018). Colonial archives: Protestant missionary magazines, images, and children. In J. Becker & K. Stornig (Eds.), Menschen – Bilder – Eine Welt Ordnungen von Vielfalt in der religiösen Publizistik um 1900. (pp. 283-304). Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Morrison, H., & Martin, M. C. (2017). Introduction: Contours and issues in children's religious history. In H. Morrison & M. C. Martin (Eds.), Creating religious childhoods in Anglo-world and British colonial contexts, 1800-1950. (pp. 1-19). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315408781

Morrison, H. (2017). Service, sacrifice and responsibility: Religion and Protestant settler childhood in New Zealand and Canada, c. 1860-1940. In H. Morrison & M. C. Martin (Eds.), Creating religious childhoods in Anglo-world and British colonial contexts, 1800-1950. (pp. 241-260). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315408781

Morrison, H. (2016). Childhood and youth, history of. In M. A. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_271-1

Morrison, H. (2015). Settler childhood, Protestant Christianity and emotions in colonial New Zealand, 1880s-1920s. In S. Olsen (Ed.), Childhood, youth and emotions in modern history: National, colonial and global perspectives. (pp. 76-94). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Morrison, H. (2015). 'I feel that we belong to the one big family': Protestant childhoods, missions and emotions in British world settings, 1870s-1930s. In C. McLisky, D. Midena & K. Vallgårda (Eds.), Emotions and Christian missions: Historical perspectives. (pp. 218-239). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Morrison, H. (2013). Empire, nation, and religion in Canadian and New Zealand Protestant juvenile missionary periodicals, C. 1890-1930s: "Men and women the King would wish you to be". In F. Jensz & H. Acke (Eds.), Missions and media: The politics of missionary periodicals in the long nineteenth century. (pp. 19-37). Stuttgart, Germany: Franz Steiner.

Morrison, H. (2012). Representations of Māori in Presbyterian children's missionary literature, 1909-1939. In H. Morrison, L. Paterson, B. Knowles & M. Rae (Eds.), Mana Māori and Christianity. (pp. 159-178). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.

Morrison, H., & Troughton, G. (2011). Introduction: Perspectives on Christianity and New Zealand history. In G. Troughton & H. Morrison (Eds.), The spirit of the past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand history. (pp. 11-24). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Morrison, H. (2011). Maintaining the church in unsettled times, 1899-1918. In A. K. Davidson (Ed.), Living legacy: A history of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. (pp. 115-145). Auckland, New Zealand: Anglican Diocese of Auckland.

Morrison, H. (2009). Missionaries sent and received, Oceania, 1910-2010. In T. M. Johnson & K. R. Ross (Eds.), Atlas of global Christianity: 1910-2010. (pp. 284-285). Edinburgh University Press.

Morrison, H. (2007). Parachurch. In J. J. Bonk (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mission and missionaries. (pp. 321-323). New York: Routledge.

Morrison, H. (2006). Biography, family and New Zealand missionary lives. In C. Coleborne, M. Houlahan & H. Morrison (Eds.), Telling lives: Essays in biography and history. (pp. 47-68). Hamilton, New Zealand: Departments of History & Humanities, University of Waikato.

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Journal - Research Article

Morrison, H. (2017). “It’s really where your parents were”: Differentiating and situating Protestant missionary children’s lives, c. 1900-1940. Journal of Family History, 42(4), 419-439. doi: 10.1177/0363199017725021

Morrison, H. (2016). 'I am sorry it is not more, but it is all I could earn': Presbyterian children, Christmas and charity in colonial New Zealand, c. 1909-1945. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 24(2), 33-73.

Morrison, H. (2016). Situating Pākehā children and protestant Christianity in New Zealand's religious history. Stimulus, 23(1), 27-36.

Morrison, H. (2016). Negotiated and mediated lives: Bolivian teachers, New Zealand missionaries and the Bolivian Indian Mission, 1908-1932. Itinerario, 40(3), 429-449. doi: 10.1017/S0165115316000644

Morrison, H. (2015). 'As the sunshine dispels the darkness of the night': Settler Protestant children's missionary magazines in New Zealand c.1840-1940. New Zealand Journal of History, 49(2), 136-159.

Morrison, H. (2013). “Impressions which will never be lost”: Missionary periodicals for protestant children in late-nineteenth century Canada and New Zealand. Church History, 82(2), 388-393. doi: 10.1017/S0009640713000061

Morrison, H. (2013). Theorising missionary education: The Bolivian Indian Mission 1908-1920. History of Education Review, 42(1), 4-23. doi: 10.1108/08198691311317660

Morrison, H. (2011). Globally and locally positioned: New Zealand perspectives on the current practice of religious history. Journal of Religious History, 35(2), 181-198. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2010.01031.x

Morrison, H. (2011). “Little vessels″ or “little soldiers″: New Zealand Protestant children, foreign missions, religious pedagogy and empire, c.1880s—1930s. Paedagogica Historica, 47(3), 303-321. doi: 10.1080/00309230.2010.493160

Morrison, H. (2010). The 'joy and heroism of doing good': The New Zealand Missionary Record and late-nineteenth-century Protestant children's missionary support. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 28(2), 158-182.

Morrison, H. (2008). 'But we are concerned with a greater imperium': The New Zealand Protestant missionary movement and the British Empire, 1870-1930. Social Sciences & Missions, 21, 97-127.

Morrison, H. (2006). Antipodeans abroad: Trends and issues in the writing of New Zealand mission history. Journal of Religious History, 30(1), 77-93.

Morrison, H. (2006). ″A great Australasian scheme″: Australian influences on New Zealand's emerging protestant missionary movement, 1885-1922. Fides et Historia, 38(2), 87-102.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Morrison, H. (2011). The Bolivian Indian Mission, education, evangelism and mission, c.1908-1920. Proceedings of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity: Missions and Education Conference. [CD-ROM] [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Morrison, H. (2014). The unravelling of a New Zealand family: The Malcolms of the China Inland Mission. Proceedings of the Yale-Edinburgh Group Conference: Gender and Family in the History of Missions and World Christianity. Retrieved from http://divinity-adhoc.library.yale.edu/Yale-Edinburgh

Morrison, H. (2011). Discordant correspondences?: Wartime and religious letter-writing 1939-1945. Proceedings of the New Zealand Historical Association Conference: Past Tensions: Reflections on Making History. Retrieved from http://www.waikato.ac.nz/wfass/NZHA2011/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Morrison, H. (2018, May). Tragedy or theatre? Protestant missionary children, illness, and death. Verbal presentation at the Children and Youth in a Global Age Conference, Hong Kong, China.

Morrison, H. (2017, July). Financial gain or character formation: Protestant children, education and the missionary movement, c. 1840-1940. Verbal presentation at the Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference: Churches & Education, Exeter, UK.

Morrison, H. (2016, July). Whose lives are these? Images of children in colonial-society religious (missionary) magazines. Verbal presentation at the 3rd National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL): Archiving Childhood, London, UK.

Morrison, H. (2016, June). Memories of 'beetles crawling' and 'a large rat': Locating and reading colonial children's lives in the museum. Verbal presentation at the Horrible Histories? Children's Lives in Historical Contexts, London, UK.

Morrison, H. (2015, June). 'It's really where your parents were': Missionary children, identity and connection in early-twentieth-century mission contexts. Verbal presentation at the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) 8th Biennial Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Olsen, S., Alexander, K., Murdoch, L., Morrison, H., Pande, I., & Miller, S. (2015, June). Writing a global history of childhood, youth and emotions. Panel discussion at the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) 8th Biennial Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Morrison, H. (2015, August). Children and missions: Shifting identities and colonial spaces. Verbal presentation at the Unpicking the Tapestry Symposium: Children and Young People in Colonial Contexts, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Morrison, H. (2014, July). Negotiating sources and spaces: Bolivian teachers, New Zealand missionaries and the Bolivian Indian Mission, 1908-1941. Verbal presentation at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Workshop of the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics": The Changing Face of Missionary Education, Münster, Germany.

Morrison, H. (2012, November-December). "Torch bearers in the cause of Christ and humanity": Religion and "growing up" in British settler societies, New Zealand and Canada 1890s to 1930s. Verbal presentation at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Centre for the History of Emotions Conference: Childhood, Youth and Emotion in Modern History, Berlin, Germany.

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