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Upcoming Humanities events

Ngā kaupapa e heke mai

07 Aug August

Irish Film Night

Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7, Arts Building at 5:30pm.

20 Sep September

Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse

Friday, 20 September 2019 at 3:00pm - RMOOT - Moot Court, 10th floor, Richardson Building.
This two-hour continuing professional development seminar will explore the impacts on family members and the strategies that might be effective in managing distress.

25 Sep September

1869 Conference and Heritage Festival

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 5:00pm - 25 September - University of Otago
26 & 27 September - Otago Museum
28 September - University of Otago

Join us in Dunedin, New Zealand for conversations on topics of wide scholarly and public interest. What happened in 1869 in your field of research or scholarly interest?

26 Sep September

Teaching what you never learnt: Coding and Codable Toys

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 12:00pm - ERG04 – Education Centre, Union Street East, University of Otago College of Education

Dr Steven S. Sexton's study seeks to address the research question, ‘How effective for teachers is a series of scaffolded professional development and classroom lessons (on coding with codable toys) in addressing the requirement to implement a new subject area that has not been a part of their teaching and learning programme?’


The “Pink Vote” in Aotearoa

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 4:00pm - Richardson 6.N4
Some queer communities in Europe and the United States are supporting right, and far-right, political parties. Can we see the same trends in Aotearoa?

27 Sep September

Noticing Peter Olds: A symposium on the Dunedin poet

Friday, 27 September 2019 at 2:00pm - OBS119 – Otago Business School Lecture Room 1.19

A symposium on Dunedin writer and former Burns Fellow Peter Olds, whose work has been important to poets and other readers of New Zealand poetry since the 1970s.


Café Babel: the last for 2019!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 4:00pm - Humanities Common Room (top of the western stairs in the Arts/Burns building)
It's the last Café Babel! Do come along for an informal chat.


Irish Film Night (5) - Brooklyn

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7
Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

10 Oct October

What is Celtic Noir?

Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 5:00pm - Burns 7 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building 
Professor Liam McIlvanney explores the long and intertwined history of crime writing in Scotland and Ireland. 

14 Oct October

Digital Humanities Expo 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019 at 1:00pm - BURNS2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Dunedin campus
Join us for this year's Digital Humanities Expo, where we mix in critique and current events in heavy measure as we think about DH practice in our curiously polarising contemporary moment... 

20 Oct October

A Fair Go? Educational outcomes of former refugees in New Zealand

Sunday, 20 October 2019 at 2:00pm - Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Join us for the fourth talk in the 2019 Global Migrations Public Lecture Series as Dr Rachel Rafferty discusses educational outcomes of former refugees in New Zealand.

29 Oct October

To Not Die of History – A Lecture with Cherry Smyth

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Moot Court Lecture Theatre (10th floor Richardson Building, Dunedin campus)
'To Not Die of History' will draw on "Famished" (Pindrop Press, 2019) Cherry Smyth’s book-length poem that explores the Irish Famine (1845-52) and how British imperialism helped cause mass starvation and the largest refugee crisis of the 19th century.

15 Nov November

150th Anniversary Celebrations - Leap Dance symposium

Friday, 15 November 2019 at 8:30am - Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin
The Leap Dance symposium invites dance scholars, pedagogues, curators, choreographers and practitioners to celebrate iconic choreographers and dance educators in New Zealand.

17 Nov November

The Scottish role in developing the Ceylon tea enterprise

Sunday, 17 November 2019 at 2:00pm - Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Join us for the final talk in the 2019 Global Migrations Public Lecture Series as Professor Angela McCarthy explores the Scottish role in developing the Ceylon tea enterprise.

18 Nov November

Performing Artefacts conference

Monday, 18 November 2019 at 8:30am - Allen Hall theatre
The Performing Artefacts conference considers how peoples’ experiences and knowledge of ‘the real’ are communicated via performances involving artefacts – performances of the everyday, as well as activities explicitly labelled ‘performances.’

28 Nov November

Migration, health and wellbeing conference

Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 8:30am - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
This two-day conference will bring together experts in research, policy and practice for sharing, learning and paving the way for optimising migrant and refugee health and wellbeing.


Idioms of distress: Wellbeing and mental resilience in displaced peoples, refugee populations and global mental health

Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 5:15pm - Castle Lecture Theatre 1 (located between the Arts, and Richardson Buildings, if accessing via walkways from Albany Street)
Join us for the seventh lecture in the De Carle Distinguished Lectureship Series given by Professor Alison Phipps (UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow) on the topic 'Idioms of Distress: Wellbeing and Resilience in Displaced Peoples, Refugee Populations and Global Mental Health'.

01 Dec December

Encounters & Exchanges Conference 2019, Blenheim

Sunday, 1 December 2019 - ASB Theatre and Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim
Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge)