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Otago and Southland families asked for WW1 Passchendaele stories

Otago and Southland people are being encouraged to come forward to the University of Otago with their family stories, photos, and letters about the disastrous WW1 Campaign at Passchendaele. Two History 224 students will collate the material about the famous… Continue Reading →

Philosopher receives prestigious medal

An internationally leading philosopher of memory, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian, is the latest recipient of the University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award. The Award and Medal, which recognise outstanding research performance of early-career staff at Otago,… Continue Reading →

Book on the history of New Zealand youth culture launched

Associate Professor Chris Brickell of Gender Studies celebrated the launch of his new book Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture at the Staff Club recently. Published by Auckland University Press the book is a cultural history project investigating the changing… Continue Reading →

Lecturer Receives Funding to Develop Research Infrastructure

University of Otago Lecturer John Shaver has received $US 84,600 ($NZ 112,000) funding from the Templeton Foundation to build an infrastructure to conduct cross-cultural studies on the role of religion in reproductive decision-making, parenting behaviour, and child outcomes. Dr Shaver… Continue Reading →

PhD graduate joins Understanding Unbelief project

Dr Masoumeh (Sara) Rahmani, was awarded a £59,535 research grant by the University of Kent’s Understanding Unbelief project to undertake postdoctoral research at Coventry University, UK. Her proposed research will carry out a cross-cultural investigation of the nature of unbelief… Continue Reading →

Travel Texts and Moving Cultures

Anita Perkins, Department of Languages and Cultures PhD graduate, has recently published a book based on her PhD, answering the question ‘How does the experience of travel transform culture over time?’ The book brings together two main areas of scholarship;… Continue Reading →

New book on Religious Childhoods

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-world and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950 is a new co-edited collection from Hugh Morrison (University of Otago College of Education), and Mary Clare Martin (Greenwich University, UK).  This new book, published by Routledge, features children and… Continue Reading →

New book explores intersection of security technologies and racism

A new book collection on the intersection of security technologies and racism has been published. Entitled Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality, it is edited by Dr. Holly Randell-Moon and Ryan Tippet from the Department of Media, Film… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare: memory and modern cognitive science

Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, Professor Evelyn Tribble is proving that his work still provides us with new insights into the human condition. In this case, however, her findings are not based on textual analysis of… Continue Reading →

New light cast on past human responses to climate change

Researchers from the University of Otago, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Oxford are casting new light on past human responses to climate change. It has been argued that some of the… Continue Reading →

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