Humanities Research



From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage

In his 2019 book From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage History Programme Associate Professor Mark Seymour examined international perspectives on the legal and social history of same-sex relationships, from the early 19th century to the present and links between the… Continue Reading →

New International research project to study religion’s impact on family size and child health

A major international, multidisciplinary project is set to shed light on how religion impacts family size and child health, following a multi-million dollar grant. Project co-leader Dr John Shaver (pictured above), University of Otago’s Religion programme head, recently received almost… Continue Reading →

The last resort -MPlan thesis explores Airbnb impact in Queenstown

Geography Master of Planning candidate Sam McGough this week submitted her (MPlan) thesis entitled “Managing the Impacts of Airbnb: A Case Study of Queenstown, New Zealand”. Geography Head of School Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett praised the qualitative study, which sits in… Continue Reading →

Five Humanities projects receive Marsden funding

Five Division of Humanities projects are among 32 University of Otago research initiatives to receive almost $22 million in the 2019 Marsden Fund award round. Division of Humanities Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ballantyne congratulated recipients Professor Glenn Summerhayes (Archaeology), Dr Anna… Continue Reading →

New book on patriotism in Japan an ‘anti-textbook’

History Professor Takashi Shogimen hopes his two recently published books – The Structure of Patriotism and Patriotism: The Textbook for the Japanese Nation – will promote discussion in both the academic and public spheres. Why did you undertake research in… Continue Reading →

Time to update mental capacity laws

Time to update mental capacity laws – new Otago co-edited book argues For those lacking the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, New Zealand currently relies heavily on the basic decency of families and whānau to ensure the law… Continue Reading →

Gender equality “matters most” for international student outcomes

Janine Campbell (centre) with supervisors Professor Lisa Smith, and Dr David Berg Janine Campbell says her recently completed Doctor of Education (EdD) research on factors that impact international student assessment challenged many of her personal and professional assumptions – it… Continue Reading →

Listening good, action better for surgical mesh complications

As a series of forums begins nationally this month to hear from New Zealanders harmed by medical procedures using surgical mesh Jacqueline Brown, whose recent Master of Chaplaincy thesis discussed the topic, says there is a “clear gap” in the… Continue Reading →

Coastal erosion challenges councils and communities

New research shows a ‘business as usual’ approach will not work for New Zealand’s regional councils, and over a quarter of our local councils, who are facing extreme exposure to climate hazards like coastal erosion, flooding and rising groundwater levels…. Continue Reading →

Same, same? New book explores copying in poetry in global media age

A new book by English programme Associate Professor Jacob Edmond examines the turn toward repetition in poetry, using the explosion of copying to offer a deeply inventive account of modern and contemporary literature. In Make It the Same: Poetry in… Continue Reading →

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