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Languages and Cultures Seminar Series

Our programme hosts presentations by members of our staff, postgraduate students, and invited colleagues working in other departments or other universities in New Zealand and abroad. These are held on various Tuesdays at 12:00pm in the Humanities Divisional Board room, on the fifth floor of the Arts Building.

2019 Seminar series

Schedule of speakers and abstracts to be confirmed



2018 Seminar series

NOVEMBER
November 13 - Balazs Kiglics - Japanese whaling: Hunting for what?  Whaling

SEPTEMBER
September 2 - Dr Sin Wen Lau - “CHILDREN’S AGENCY AND THE NOTION OF ‘GUAI’ IN CHINESE REALITY TV”. Childre's agency

AUGUST
August 21 - Assoc Prof Paola Voci - Screening Soft Power in China. Screening Soft Power in Chin
August 06 - Dr Stephen Epstein - Fly the Flag…At Your Own Risk: Celebrities, Netizens and Nationalism in East Asia. Fly the flag

JUNE
June 5 - Dr Simon Ryan - ‘O Falladah’: the screen life of a broken contract. O Falladah

MAY
May 29 - Prof. Anthony Harland - The Assessment Arms Race and its Fallout: The Case for Slow Scholarship. The assessment of Arms
May 22 - Prof. Stuart Young - Encountering the Foreign(er) in Theatre of the Real. Encountering the foreigner
May 15 - Dr Lorraine Wong - Cantonese pop songs as the Postcolonial pop song. Cantonese pop songs
May 8 - Suzanne Sun - “All my Flowers are Dream Flowers” Gu Cheng and his Poetic Utopia. All my flowers

APRIL
April 24 - Dr Moira Fortin - The interplay of ‘traditional’ cultural elements in the production of contemporary Rapanui, Māori, and diasporic Samoan theatre. The interplay of traditional elements
April 10 - Prof. Neil Carr - From Animals as Leisure to the Leisure of Animals. From Animals as Leisure

MARCH
March 7 - Amélie Lucas-Gary “From Paris to Wellington: an unusual journey into literature” From Paris to Wellington.
March 13 - Prof. Dr Mieke Roscher: "The national-socialist dog? On writing a political history of animals in the Third Reich" The National-socialist dog?
March 20 - Prof. Dr Matthias Wunsch: "Anthropological Difference in Flux" Anthropological Difference


2017 Seminar series

NOVEMBER
30 November - Dr. Mirela Violeta David, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan - Dr. Yang Chongrui's birth control clinic in Beijing: Eugenics in practice in 1930's China
7 November - Christopher Hilbert, PhD student at LOEWE Cluster and Department of Philosophy, University of Kassel, Germany - Assessing Animals' Subjective States: A Discussion on the Differences between Life-world and Science

OCTOBER
24 October - Johanna Zelimer, Senior Lecturer Jewellery & Metalsmithing/Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic - When the Crafts Enter the Space Outside Themselves
10 October - Dr Constantin Grigorut, Languages and Cultures, University of Otago - On books, their beauty and some other things
3 October - Megumi Yamaguchi, PhD Candidate, Languages and Cultures, University of Otago - Situating Shōjo Manga in Japanese Culture: an Overview of the Genre and its Historical Development

SEPTEMBER
19 September - Associate Professor Roy Starrs, Languages and Cultures, University of Otago - Japan's Perennial New Man: The Liberal and Fascist Incarnations of Masamichi Rōyama

AUGUST
22 August - Dr Sin Wen Lau - Lecturer, Languages and Cultures, University of Otago - "'We are all useful people': Useful children and the notion of Guai in transnational Chinese cinema"
10 August - Octavian Saiu - Associate Professor, Sibiu University and Bucherest University - Places of Encounter: Celebrating the 'Flowering of the Human Spirit' in Contemporary Europe

MAY
31 May - The Student Collective, GERM243 and GERM331 - Cultures of the Environment/Intercultural Exchanges: DUNEDIN SPEAKS GERMAN SPEAKS KIWI
30 May - Dr Ben Schonthal - Senior Lecturer in the Religion Programme, University of Otago - Regulating Nirvana: Monastic Law and State Law in Contemporary Sri Lanka
25 May - Nicholas Ridout - Professor of Theatre, Queen Mary University of London - "The Trunk-Maker in the Upper Gallery": Theatre and Leisure in an Eighteenth-Century Colonial Metropolis
23 May - Peter Stupples - Senior Lecturer, Art History and Theory, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic - Disegno: Confusion Twice Confounded
16 May - Dr Kevin Fisher - Senior Lecturer, Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago - Two tales of the tesseract: spatial and temporal articulations of the fourth dimension within film phenomenology
11 May - Dr Josef Schovanec - Laureate of the Randell Writers Cottage Residency in Wellington 2017 - L'art du monde autrement (Castle D Lecture Theatre - 5:00pm - 6:00pm)
9 May - Dr Fabien Medvecky - Lecturer in Science Communication, University of Otago - The (economic) value of science

APRIL
11 April
- Lisa Ellis - Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Otago - The Collective Ethics of Flying

MARCH
28 March - Jeffrey Smith - College of Education, University of Otago - The Museum Effect: Art Museums and the Education and Civilisation of Society
21 March - Bridie Lonie - PhD Student, History & Art History, University of Otago - Whose Anthropocene?
14 March - André Krebber - University of Kassel, Germany - Suffering and Reification: The Silence of the Other in Animal Dying