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Dr Simon Barber

MA, PhD (Goldsmiths), PG(Dip) Ahunga Tikanga, Te Wānanga o Raukawa
Kāi Tahu

Lecturer

Contact details

Room 6C25, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 7666
Email simon.barber@otago.ac.nz

Research interests

Simon is a scholar of Indigenous thought and politics, Marxist and critical theory, black studies, communism, and conjunctions thereof. He completed his Masters at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London and his doctorate in the Centre for Research Architecture, also at Goldsmiths. As part of his doctoral research he undertook a postgraduate diploma in Ahunga Tikanga (Māori Laws and Philosophy) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki. His thesis, developing a conceptual orientation that combined his learning from the university and the wānanga, traced the clash and entanglement of Māori and Pākehā worlds in Te Waipounamu through ongoing processes of colonisation. Before joining the University of Otago he was Te Tomokanga Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the University of Auckland where he taught an undergraduate course on colonisation and social justice and coordinated the Critical Theory Network.

Simon recently co-edited a book with Miri Davidson (Through That Which Separates Us, 2021) centred around themes of deportation, incarceration, and colonialism. Currently, with Sereana Naepi, he is co-editing a Special Issue of New Zealand Sociology that poses the question of how Māori and Pacific scholars might – and already do – transform the social sciences so that they become a more adequate expression of this place (Aotearoa and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa) and its people. He continues to think through and describe the lineaments of an Indigenous historical materialism in a series of academic articles. Simon is a researcher for Economic and Social Research Aotearoa and sits on the executive committee of the Māori Association of Social Sciences.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:

SOCI 208: Environmental Sociology
SOCI 302: Theories of Social Power

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Indigenous Theory
Marxism
Critical Theory
Settler Colonial Studies
Postcolonial Theory
Social Theory

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Publications

Barber, S. (2020). Māori Mārx: Some provisional materials. Counterfutures, 8, 43-71. doi: 10.26686/cf.v8i0.6348

Barber, S., & Naepi, S. (2020). Sociology in a crisis: Covid-19 and the colonial politics of knowledge production in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Sociology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1440783320939679

Barber, S. (2020). In Wakefield’s laboratory: Tangata Whenua into property/labour in Te Waipounamu. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 229-246. doi: 10.1177/1440783319893522

Black Study Group (London), including Barber, S. (2015). The movement of black thought: Study notes. Darkmatter, 10. [Commentary].

Journal - Research Article

Barber, S. (2020). Māori Mārx: Some provisional materials. Counterfutures, 8, 43-71. doi: 10.26686/cf.v8i0.6348

Barber, S. (2020). In Wakefield’s laboratory: Tangata Whenua into property/labour in Te Waipounamu. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 229-246. doi: 10.1177/1440783319893522

Barber, S., & Naepi, S. (2020). Sociology in a crisis: Covid-19 and the colonial politics of knowledge production in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Sociology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1440783320939679

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Journal - Research Other

Black Study Group (London), including Barber, S. (2015). The movement of black thought: Study notes. Darkmatter, 10. [Commentary].

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