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'Mud, Sweat and Dreams': Towards a new Agricultural and Rural History of New Zealand

Centre for Sustainability seminar presented by Emeritus Professor Tom Brooking:

'Mud, Sweat and Dreams': Towards a new Agricultural and Rural History of New Zealand.

Tom will talk about writing a new, overview history of the making of rural New Zealand. His title means that he will talk about environmental interaction, hard work and gender divisions, and notions of how an ideal society might be constructed in Britain’s farthest flung colony around the complications of living with an indigenous people who already occupied this distant place.

About the speaker:

Tom specialises in New Zealand and comparative rural and environmental history, New Zealand political history and the historical links between New Zealand and Scotland.

This research has focused upon on environmental transformation and the role of colonising peoples in that process, particularly farming and its economic, environmental and sociological impacts.

He has published seven sole author books, two co-authored books, and three edited volumes, in addition to numerous book chapters, essays and articles.

His three most recent major books are Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand (University of Otago Press, 2013) edited with Eric Pawson; Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand (McGill-Queens University Press with Otago University Press, 2013) co-authored with Brad Patterson and Jim McAloon and a large monograph on the life of Richard John Seddon entitled, Richard Seddon: King of God's Own (Penguin, 2014).

Zoom details:
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Date Thursday, 11 November 2021
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,Staff
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
LocationVia Zoom
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell or Nicki Topliss
Contact Phone+64 3 479 5220

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