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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.

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 →

Academic promotions aplenty for Humanities staff

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:30:03
Seventeen University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year, including four from the Division of Humanities. Announcing the advancements today, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne commended the new professors, acknowledging their hard work, dedication and... Continue Reading →

Otago historian continues winning streak

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:34:03
Department of History and Art History lecturer Dr Jane McCabe was named last month as the co-winner of the prestigious Ian Ward’s Prize for her book Race, Tea and Colonial Settlement, which was based on her Otago PhD thesis. Her... Continue Reading →

Otago report calls for Te Papa apology

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:43:28
(Above: Centre for Theology and Public Issues associate Dr Alistair Reese) A University of Otago report is calling for an apology and reparation to iwi in the wider Tauranga area affected by the takeover of Te Papa land in the... Continue Reading →

CSAFE Director to lead climate adaptation project

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 10:10:54
Centre for Sustainability Director Janet Stephenson is to lead a new Deep South National Science Challenge project in response to a report highlighting key gaps in our understanding about how climate change will impact New Zealand’s diverse communities. To ensure... Continue Reading →

Significant gaps in legal services identified in Otago study

Thu, 24 May 2018 15:44:45
  It’s getting harder for Kiwis to access legal aid, new research suggests. With an average hourly charge-out rate of about $300, private lawyers are often out of reach for New Zealanders needing legal assistance, according to research from the... Continue Reading →