Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Division of Humanities News and Events

News and events from the Otago Arts Fellows

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

News from and about our departments, staff and students

Geography alumna takes top planning award for research

Thursday, 18 April 2019 4:54pm

University of Otago Master of Planning alumna Emily McEwan received the New Zealand Planning Institute's Wallace Ross Award for research at the NZPI annual conference in Napier earlier this month.

^ Top of Page

Two international MOUs signed by Otago

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:33pm

Bilateral agreements have recently been signed with two international partners, which will result in new students studying at the University of Otago.

^ Top of Page

Maoritanga and Christianity woven into new course

Monday, 15 April 2019 3:48pm

At 11 years old, Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa spent time helping his family create tukutuku panels for his Tūhoe marae, Ohope. In July, he will return to the marae helping to teach an historic week-long block course on Maori religion with the University of Otago.

^ Top of Page

Call for lawyers to test New Zealand’s potential online courts

Monday, 15 April 2019 2:49pm

The arrival of online courts in New Zealand may see a significant rise in claimants appearing without a lawyer by their side, which would raise big issues about access to justice, University of Otago researchers say.

^ Top of Page

2019 Otago Arts Fellows welcomed

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:30pm

The University of Otago’s 2019 Arts Fellows were officially welcomed to the University community last night at a function at the Hocken Collections.

^ Top of Page

Otago records enrolment gains in humanities, commerce and science

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 3:55pm

The University of Otago has secured another year of enrolment growth, with 2019 enrolments currently totalling 17,633 EFTS (equivalent full-time students), which is 166 EFTS up on the same time last year.

^ Top of Page

Study reveals Dunedin’s energy use and high uptake of electric vehicles

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 2:43pm

Transport uses half of the energy consumed in Dunedin and produces most of the city’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, a new University of Otago study reveals. However, it also shows the city boasts the highest rates of electric vehicle ownership in New Zealand.

^ Top of Page

Two new reports from the Centre for Theology and Public Issues

Thursday, 4 April 2019 1:51pm

One report covers how faith-based organisations can contribute to social change, and the other covers an historical and theological framework for reconciliation between mana whenua and later settlers in the Tauranga district.

^ Top of Page

New UOLIC researcher looking for positive outcomes

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 11:43am

PhD student Louisa Choe has joined the Legal Issues Centre to contribute to the Centre's work on the availability of free and low cost legal services, and can already see how the research might lead lawyers to provide more of these services.

^ Top of Page

Talent and iconic tunes to be celebrated at Tally Ho 3

Monday, 25 March 2019 1:56pm

April's Tally Ho 3 concert will again bring classical and contemporary music together, and a host of talented performers, to celebrate the enduring appeal of the Dunedin Sound

^ Top of Page

Call for papers for 1869 Conference

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 4:55pm

With an impressive international lineup of speakers confirmed, organisers of September's '1869 Conference and Heritage Festival' are calling for papers that will explore, and celebrate, the many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago.

^ Top of Page

Art, academia, activism all a bit punk

Monday, 11 March 2019 5:33pm

Russian 'artivists' Pussy Riot to hold film screening and panel discussion with Otago academics at Dunedin campus on 16 March

^ Top of Page

Researchers treated to new archive of major significance

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 11:44am

A collection of pamphlets dating back to 1793, covering topics as far-ranging as palaeontology to Māori land judgements, has been catalogued and rehoused at the University’s Hocken Library.

^ Top of Page

Film screening to "let rip" on International Women's Day

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 5:51pm

Like a modern day slashing of a cultural treasure by an enraged suffragette, the film Terror Nullius - to be screened by Otago academics to mark International Women's Day this Friday - can be seen as staging an attack on the canon of Australian national cinema. 

^ Top of Page

Keynote experts to bring wealth of knowledge to short play festival

Monday, 4 March 2019 2:56pm

Keynote experts Tanya Palmer, Victor Rodger and Dr Fiona Graham will bring a wealth of experience to the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which is being hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin this September.

^ Top of Page

'Great Scots' series of lectures

Monday, 4 March 2019 11:52am

To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University of Otago, the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies is sponsoring a series of public lectures on ‘Great Scots: Otago Men and Women Who Shaped New Zealand.’

^ Top of Page

New law staff enhance research and teaching

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:48am

The Faculty of Law welcomed new staff Dr Lili Song, Professional Practice Fellow Brenda Thom and Dr Stephen Young earlier this month.

^ Top of Page

From “Toad Hall” to “Shrieking Shack”: new book celebrates flat names

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:09pm

A book celebrating the stories behind the clever, amusing, and yes, sometimes irreverent names given to Dunedin’s student flats – as well as their place in the history of the city – was launched at the Staff Club last week.

^ Top of Page

Latest Frances Hodgkins Fellow exhibition opens

Monday, 25 February 2019 11:32pm

Artistic freedom, and the opportunity to explore all the Hocken has to offer, has resulted in another engaging Frances Hodgkins Fellow exhibition.

^ Top of Page

New book on women and caring launched

Friday, 22 February 2019 4:27pm

A new book, launched in Dunedin last night, makes important observations about the history of women and caring in 20th century New Zealand.

^ Top of Page

Appointment timely new Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies says

Friday, 15 February 2019 2:33pm

New Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies Professor Sonja Tiernan says the growing relationship between Ireland and New Zealand means her appointment could not have come at a better time.

^ Top of Page

New College of Education staff mean key areas well-covered

Friday, 15 February 2019 10:42am

Two new appointments at the College of Education mean vital areas of learning for Otago’s education tauira will be well-covered in future. 

^ Top of Page

New College of Education staff mean key areas well-covered

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:58am

The appointment of Dr Rachel Martin and professional practice fellow Andrea Robertson at the University of Otago College of Education mean two vital areas of teacher education and research are well-covered. 

^ Top of Page

Improved access to greenspace for older adults needs to be considered - Otago study

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 4:39pm

Older people’s inability to engage in nature can leave them feeling sad, frustrated and angry, a University of Otago study has found.

^ Top of Page

Prestigious Law Chair for University of Otago

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:12am

The University of Otago Faculty of Law is honoured to announce the establishment of a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after International scholar and Otago alumnus Professor Jeremy Waldron.

^ Top of Page

Tauira in safe hands Student Support Officers say

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:29pm

After 10 years as the Division of Humanities Kaiāwhina Māori - Māori Student Support Officer Ana Rangi is moving on . . . but our tauira are in safe hands with current staff and two new appointments, she says.

^ Top of Page

New Chair of Jurisprudence for Otago

Monday, 11 February 2019 12:03pm

The University of Otago's Faculty of Law announces a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after international scholar and Otago alumnus Jeremy Waldron

^ Top of Page

Te Poutama Māori lays foundations for strong year

Thursday, 7 February 2019 9:26pm

The University of Otago’s Māori academic staff network has started the year with a renewed vow to do what it can to support its Māori academic cohort.

^ Top of Page

Waitangi Day Literary Honour for Professor McIlvanney

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 11:38am

Professor Liam McIlvanney is one of two recipients of the 2019 New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours.

^ Top of Page

New Woolshed Bay property name honours courageous tipuna

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 10:05am

The University’s newest property based in Central Otago will have a name honoring a local tipuna whose life was filled with courage and bravery.

^ Top of Page

Fruitful fellowship culminates in an exhibition not to be missed

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 10:29am

A contemporary take on historical figures of Dunedin’s art world will soon go on display at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena.

^ Top of Page

Making legal information live

Monday, 4 February 2019 9:14am

The Legal Issues Centre is adding to its series of animated videos explaining legal basics, with the help of design student Catherine Chin.

^ Top of Page

Majella Cullinane and Vincent O'Sullivan long-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Monday, 4 February 2019 10:46am

Majella Cullinane's debut novel The Life of De'Ath and Vincent O'Sullivan's book All This by Chance are in the running for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.

^ Top of Page

Slán leat - Professor Peter Kuch retires

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 9:42am

Professor Peter Kuch, the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies, has retired from the position he has held since 2006.

^ Top of Page

Slán leat - Professor Peter Kuch retires

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 6:09pm

Professor Peter Kuch, the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor in Irish Studies and Co-Director of Otago's Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, retired in January 2019. 

^ Top of Page

Museum conference explores value of colonial-era collections

Friday, 25 January 2019 3:57pm

Held in Trust: Curiosity in Things conference brings together museum curators, academics and attendees from around New Zealand to explore legacy of colonial-era museum collections

^ Top of Page

Summer of civil justice

Friday, 25 January 2019 12:04pm

The Legal Issues Centre's Summer Scholar Programme is exposing three Otago law students to how New Zealand’s legal system works in real life.

^ Top of Page

Classics lecture leads to research on Alexander the Great's death

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 12:56pm

Classics lecture leads Dr Katherine Hall to research on what killed Alexander the Great - and a new theory in the 2000-year-old mystery.

^ Top of Page

Otago study finds simple explanation for endurance of religion

Thursday, 17 January 2019 4:49pm

Childcare can be expensive, stressful, and annoying to organise, but a University of Otago-led study has found it may also be behind religion’s resilience.

^ Top of Page

Humanities welcomes Hands-On Otago pupils 

Monday, 14 January 2019 11:51am

Almost 400 pupils from around New Zealand will enjoy a taste of student life at Otago this week during Hands-On Otago events. 

^ Top of Page

App opens new chapter on city's literary past

Friday, 21 December 2018 7:32pm

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature has teamed up with the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics to create dtour, an app that links writers' stories to sites in Dunedin and Otago.

^ Top of Page

Whānau value intergenerational investment in knowledge

Friday, 21 December 2018 6:28pm

Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies Senior Lecturer Tangiwai Rewi says while she was proud to cross the graduation stage in mid-December to become the first person in her family to gain a PhD, her family’s celebrations in Dunedin also acknowledged the value to her whānau of investing in knowledge.

^ Top of Page

PhD taken in law grad's stride

Friday, 21 December 2018 11:45am

Faculty of Law graduate Sarah Butcher says balancing family commitments with multisport events, marathons and PhD research was made easier by support and encouragement from Otago staff.

^ Top of Page

Teaching runs in family for Johnson whānau

Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:18am

Teaching runs in the family says recent bicultural teaching graduate Kane Johnson, as his wife joins College of Education staff

^ Top of Page

Teaching graduate goes extra mile for degree, and job

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 5:18pm

Gore resident Sara McVicar travelled to Invercargill several times a week for three years while studying Early Childhood Education. Her drive has landed her a teaching job much closer to home.

^ Top of Page

A Beatles-style goodbye to Dunedin’s Albany Street studio

Monday, 17 December 2018 10:25am

In a Beatles-like tribute to the University’s Albany Street recording studio, a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the studio from Friday to Sunday to record an album of 22 songs over the three days.

^ Top of Page

Humanities moves aim to bring staff together

Monday, 17 December 2018 10:31am

A host of moves in the Division of Humanities aim to bring people together, encourage collaboration, improve the use of space, cater for a new structure, share resources, eliminate duplication and reduce reliance on leased premises.

^ Top of Page

Southland graduates help reduce teaching shortage

Monday, 17 December 2018 5:25pm

University of Otago College of Education Southland campus graduates already addressing regional teaching shortage

^ Top of Page

Humanities academic promotions aplenty

Thursday, 13 December 2018 4:25pm

Four Division of Humanities academics became professors in the December 2018 round of academic promotions, with several others becoming associate professors.

^ Top of Page

Learning te reo Māori hook for new professor

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 9:29pm

Learning te reo Māori got one of Otago’s newest professors hooked on the world of academia. Associate Professor Lachy Paterson of Te Tumu is one of 17 leading academics from the University to be promoted to Professor this year.

^ Top of Page

Rewi honoured at powerful Pounamu ceremony

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:26pm

An emotional acknowledgment of a graduating senior academic was the highlight of the University of Otago’s second Māori pre-graduation ceremony of the December season, held yesterday.

^ Top of Page

Rare and special artworks mark 150 years since Frances Hodgkins’ birth

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:40pm

Frances Hodgkins’ early career in Dunedin, and the impact photography had on it, is the focus of the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena’s latest exhibition.

^ Top of Page

Emotional occasion for Otago’s newest teachers

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:41pm

The University of Otago’s next generation of bicultural teachers have expressed relief, pride and determination at an emotional pre-graduation ceremony in their honour on Friday.

^ Top of Page

Award stars align for Starrs

Thursday, 6 December 2018 11:29am

This year's Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature, Culture and Art in Australia and New Zealand has been awarded to Otago's Professor Roy Starrs.

^ Top of Page

Numeracy concerns prompt grant for trio

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 11:32am

A decline in the numeracy skills of students coming to university has prompted an Otago trio to develop a test to ensure every such student is identified and given the help they need.