Humanities Research



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 →

Lessons in politeness and performance

The works of the Roman orator, lawyer, philosopher and politician Marcus Tullius Cicero have fuelled the research of classicists, historians, linguists and philosophers for centuries. Their analysis of Cicero’s texts informs much of what we know today of the workings… Continue Reading →

Churches call on Otago expert

The First Presbyterian Church in Invercargill is the latest to seek the expertise of theology professor and former architect Murray Rae on how to modernise their building whilst maintaining the look and feel of a church. The church is set… Continue Reading →

Major study to tackle artificial intelligence law and policy

Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming at us before we fully understand what it might mean. Established ways of doing things in areas like transport regulation, crime prevention and legal practice are being challenged by new technologies such as driverless cars,… Continue Reading →

Constitutional law may deepen conflicts over religion

Balancing law and religion is a challenge throughout the world. It is widely assumed that a well-designed and well-implemented constitution can help ensure religious harmony in modern states. Yet how correct is this assumption? Dr Benjamin Schonthal’s latest book Buddhism,… Continue Reading →

PhD candidate’s back-to-back conference sessions a first in organisation’s 105 year history

Jean Marie Carey, a PhD candidate in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has been invited for a second time to present her research on the Expressionist painter, writer, and naturalist Franz Marc at the annual conference of the College… Continue Reading →

Listening to male survivors of church sexual abuse

A draft report based on testimony from survivors of Sodalicio abuses in Peru, circulated by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, is receiving a lot of interest in Latin America – from the media and some lay Catholic movements… Continue Reading →

Humanities Aronui Medal for Professor Tony Ballantyne

At the Royal Society of New Zealand 2016 Research Honours dinner, Professor Ballantyne was awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal for reshaping scholarly thought on British imperial history. His research on the history of the British Empire during the nineteenth century… Continue Reading →

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