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Current Research

Pāho, our Humanities Research blog, highlights the new and exciting research happening within the Division of Humanities at Otago.

The links below feature our most recent research stories.

Otago academics urge churches to help stop violence against women in Samoa

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 17:37:18
With elements in their nation’s social, cultural and religious systems stacked against them, Samoan women still experience high rates of violence. While the Government of Samoa and the Ministry for Women, Community and Social Development have led a number of... Continue Reading →

Ok, computer? Otago report questions government AI use.

Tue, 28 May 2019 14:10:44
New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law... Continue Reading →

Law researchers call for better animal welfare funding

Thu, 16 May 2019 15:30:58
New research from the University of Otago’s Faculty of Law, funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation, questions whether New Zealand’s “world-leading” animal welfare system adequately protects our furry friends, and argues the agencies charged with protecting animals need more... Continue Reading →

Future Courts Online?

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:24:10
Call for lawyers to test New Zealand’s potential online courts The arrival of online courts in New Zealand may see a significant rise in claimants start appearing without a lawyer by their side, which would raise big issues about access... Continue Reading →

Te Tumu academic explores Te reo education’s journey

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:06:44
Te Tumu senior lecturer Tangiwai Rewi has documented the journey of te reo Māori as an education tool in a recently released book, Te Kōparapara. Co-written with her former colleague Matiu Ratima, their chapter begins with a history of te... Continue Reading →

Timely appointment says new Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:39:12
Dubliner Professor Sonja Tiernan says the growing relationship between New Zealand and Ireland means her appointment as the Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies could not have come at a better time. “I am excited and honoured to take on... Continue Reading →

Museum conference examines legacy of colonial-era collections

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 14:20:04
Why, when New Zealand was going full-steam ahead establishing all it needed to become a bastion of empire, did the country’s colonial settlers regard museums as such an important part of their vision of a functional society? The Held In... Continue Reading →

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

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:17:50
It may have happened more than 2,300 years ago, but the mystery of Alexander the Great’s death could finally be solved, thanks to a University of Otago academic. Dr Katherine Hall, a Senior Lecturer at the Dunedin School of Medicine... Continue Reading →

Cooperation key for religious families?

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:48:54
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. Scholars have predicted the demise of religion for a long time, but it is not disappearing... Continue Reading →

Are you Shaw? New PhD unravels playwright’s work

Fri, 21 Dec 2018 17:09:49
Although he may have once dreamed of bringing great tales to life on the silver screen, Masters of Arts graduate Iain Sutherland says he is pleased earlier dreams of becoming a screenwriter were never realised. “I discovered I much preferred... Continue Reading →