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New grants support important networks 

Friday 10 June 2022 12:53pm

Two important Humanities research initiatives have received $10,000 in the inaugural University of Otago Research Network grant round.

Dr Gill Rutherford
Dr Rutherford

The Critical Disability Studies Research Network previously received a two-year Humanities Research Network Grant, and additional funding will help the Network realise its vision of becoming a national focal point for Critical Disability Studies (CDS), College of Education Senior Lecturer and Network Co-ordinator Dr Gill Rutherford says.   

Dr Rutherford says CDS is “an innovative field of transdisciplinary research that privileges the experiences, self-advocacy, and human rights of disabled people within an ableist society.”

The Network’s members include academics and postgraduate students from each University division and representatives from other universities and disability-related organisations. The Network’s long-term goal is to establish a Critical Disability Studies Research Centre, which will position Otago as a national leader in CDS inquiry. It also aims to facilitate a university-wide understanding of disability within a rights framework.

Network activities include collaborative disability-related research projects – at Otago and beyond – to support and grow research capacity among emerging researchers and postgraduate students; organising research seminars and lectures (open to community members as well as academics); and planning for a follow-up to 2017’s Disability Matters conference.
Academic staff and postgraduate students are warmly invited to join the group – please contact Gill for more information: gill.rutherford@otago.ac.nz

PacTNet

Pacific Thought Network (PacTNet) co-ordinator Associate Professor Patrick Vakaoti says this funding will help grow engagement.

Also a past Humanities Research Network Grant recipient, PacTNet is comprised of Otago researchers interested in learning about and promoting Pacific worldviews and ethical engagement with Pacific peoples.

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Associate Professor vakaoti

PacTNet hosts monthly reading group sessions and has plans to host and facilitate Pacific-related panel discussions, seminars and lectures in its annual activity calendar. It also fosters scholarly work with its members, with the interdisciplinary journal Pacific Dynamics set to publish a special edition comprising papers by PacTNet members under the theme ‘Spaces and practices of Pacific thought and research’. Patrick invites staff interested in joining PacTNet to contact him at: patrick.vakaoti@otago.ac.nz