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Dr Emma Powell

Emma Powell imageBCA, BAHons(VUW), MA(Auckland), PhD(VUW)

Contact

Office 3S9a Richardson Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 8301
Email emma.powell@otago.ac.nz

Research

Emma has completed research on Pacific anglophone literatures, mostly in the Polynesian region and more specifically on writing and cultural traditions of the Cook Islands and the Eastern Pacific. She has written about the influence of Cook Islands Māori writers in her graduate research and was a researcher on Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville’s Marsden Project Writing the New World (2020). She published parts of her research in this area in Mana: 50 years of Cook Islands creative writing (2018).

Emma’s doctoral work in Pacific Studies explored the genealogical practices of Cook Islands Māori people. She took a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to that study and argued for the ways genealogical praxes can help shape indigenous historiography, and notions of nationhood and futurity.

Her current research work focuses on the political, social, cultural and genealogical imbrications of New Zealand’s imperial Realm. She also explores notions of exchange, correspondence and genealogical connection across the Eastern Polynesian region.

Teaching

Distinctions

  • 2020: International Studies Association, Teresia Teaiwa Award
  • 2020: Royal Society Te Apārangi, Moana Oceania Te Koha Prize
  • 2019: Polynesian Society Inc, Honorary Membership
  • 2018: Victoria University of Wellington Doctoral Scholarship

Funding

  • 2020: Victoria University of Wellington Joint Research Committee, Research Grant
  • 2019: Polynesian Society Inc, Bruce Grandison Biggs Grant
  • 2019: Victoria University of Wellington Joint Research Committee, Research Grant

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Publications

Coto-Solano, R., Nicholas, S. A., Datta, S., Quint, V., Wills, P., Powell, E. N., … Feldman, I. (2022). Development of automatic speech recognition for the documentation of Cook Islands Māori. Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). (pp. 3872-3882). European Language Resources Association (ELRA). Retrieved from http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2022/index.html

Powell, E., & Johnson, M. (2021, December). Empire, indigeneity and the archive in the New Zealand realm. Verbal presentation at the Museum as Archive Conference: Using the Past in the Present and Future, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Te Punga Somerville, A., Apiata, A. H., Powell, E. N., Wright, K. M., Henderson, N., Ieremia-Allan, W., & Kokaua, S. (2021, November). Off the map: New Zealand history beyond borders. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) Conference, [Online].

Powell, E., & Johnson, M. (2021, July). Inside (and outside) the bubble of empire: A dialogue on the New Zealand realm. Verbal presentation at the Empire and Ecologies Symposium: Transimperial, transhistorical and transregional natures from the 17th to the 21st century, Dublin, Ireland.

Powell, E. (2021, April). Tei te akau roa: Cook Islands Māori imaginaries in the time of COVID-19. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) Postgraduate & Early Career Researchers' Symposium, [Online].

Powell, E. E. N. (2018). Introduction. In J. Gragg, P. Thompson, N. Papatua & R. Dixon (Eds.), Mana: 50 years of Cook Islands creative writing. (pp. 2-11). Rarotonga, Cook Islands: University of the South Pacific Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Powell, E. E. N. (2020). Naming the Cook Islands: Articulation theory and 'akapap'anga. Pacific Studies, 43(2), 119-141.

Journal - Research Article

Powell, E. (2020). [Review of the book New Oceania: Modernisms and modernity in the Pacific]. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 2020(30), 152-154. doi: 10.26686/jnzs.v0iNS30.6503

Journal - Research Other

Coto-Solano, R., Nicholas, S. A., Datta, S., Quint, V., Wills, P., Powell, E. N., … Feldman, I. (2022). Development of automatic speech recognition for the documentation of Cook Islands Māori. Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). (pp. 3872-3882). European Language Resources Association (ELRA). Retrieved from http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2022/index.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Powell, E. (2021, April). Tei te akau roa: Cook Islands Māori imaginaries in the time of COVID-19. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) Postgraduate & Early Career Researchers' Symposium, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Powell, E., & Johnson, M. (2021, December). Empire, indigeneity and the archive in the New Zealand realm. Verbal presentation at the Museum as Archive Conference: Using the Past in the Present and Future, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Powell, E., & Johnson, M. (2021, July). Inside (and outside) the bubble of empire: A dialogue on the New Zealand realm. Verbal presentation at the Empire and Ecologies Symposium: Transimperial, transhistorical and transregional natures from the 17th to the 21st century, Dublin, Ireland.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Te Punga Somerville, A., Apiata, A. H., Powell, E. N., Wright, K. M., Henderson, N., Ieremia-Allan, W., & Kokaua, S. (2021, November). Off the map: New Zealand history beyond borders. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) Conference, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Greenhalgh, C., Johnson, M., Kluge, E., & Powell, E. (2019, November). Archive frictions: Ethics and politics of knowledge-making in Pacific contexts. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) Conference: Kanohi-ki-te-Kanohi: Histories for Our Time, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Powell, E. E. N. (2019, May-June). "Ka 'apai mai au i tōku ngaru ki konei", I will carry my wave here: (Re)scaling Cook Islands migrations through discursive genealogies. Verbal presentation at the Transregional Academy: Histories of Migrant Knowledge in and across the Transpacific: Agencies, Scales, Translations, Berkeley, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Powell, E. N. (2019, June). "I'm sorry but I don't know/I'm not that kind of Māori": Māori articulations in the New Zealand Beyond Aotearoa. Verbal presentation at the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Powell, E. (2012, November). Diasporic explorations of the Tivaevae methodology in literary studies: Notes from an M.A. student. Verbal presentation at the SPACLALS (NUS Branch) Literary Festival, Apia, Samoa.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Thorpe, T., Lui, H., Lealea, S., Powell, E., & Henderson, A. K. (2012). Broadcast programming for Pacific audiences in New Zealand. Commissioned by NZ On Air. 58p. Retrieved from https://www.nzonair.govt.nz/research/broadcast-programming-pacific-audiences-june-2012/

Commissioned Report for External Body

Powell, E. (2012-2013). When we came. SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies, 65 & 66, 120-121.

Creative Work

Powell, E. E. N. (2020, August). Honouring our intellectual heritage. Writing the New World Podcast (ep. 4), hosted by Alice Te Punga Somerville and Wanda Ieremia-Allan. Retrieved from https://www.buzzsprout.com/1259606/4993154-3-honouring-our-intellectual-heritage

Other Research Output

Powell, E. N. (2020, November). Moana Oceania Award for 2020 Early Career Researchers ataata video competition. Pacific Media Network, OMNY FM, New Edition with Ete and Inangaro Vakaafi. Retrieved from https://omny.fm/shows/pacificmedianetwork/emma-ngakuraevaru-powell-moana-oceania-award-for-2?in_playlist=pacificmedianetwork!early-edition-with-ete

Other Research Output

Powell, E. (2019, July). Knowledge-forming takes place through mutual and collective enterprise: Reflections on the Transregional Academy. Transregional Academies of the forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Foundation. Retrieved from https://academies.hypotheses.org/6286

Other Research Output

Powell, E. E. N. (2021). 'Akapapa'anga Ara Tangata: Genealogising the (Cook Islands) Māori imaginary (PhD). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. doi: 10.26686/wgtn.14642595.v1

Awarded Doctoral Degree

Powell, E. E. N. (2013). Stitching to the back-bone: A Cook Islands literary tivaivai (MA). University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20287

Awarded Masters Degree

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