Humanities Research



Gallipoli to the Somme

Anthony Ritchie’s new oratorio, Gallipoli to the Somme, explores personal experiences of World War I in the medium of text and music. In 1964 Alexander Aitken’s book Gallipoli to the Somme was published, recounting his experiences in World War I… Continue Reading →

Two-year project to examine Indigenous-municipal relations

University of Otago MPlan student Alex Kitson, Canadian academic Dr Janice Barry, and Otago academic Associate Professor  Michelle Thompson-Fawcett are working on a two-year project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The project examines the changing… Continue Reading →

News exposure linked to Islamophobia

New Zealanders show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, a new study has found. The study, which appears in the leading international science journal PLOS ONE, is based on responses from… Continue Reading →

Concert of compositions in Sweden November 2016

Some of Anthony Ritchie’s recent compositions have focused on the concept of naivety in music, the idea of creating music through a child’s ears, so to speak. Featured here are videos of recent works by Anthony as well as his… Continue Reading →

Researchers decipher museum items

Dr Lorraine Wong and Ms Zhen Huang from the Department of Languages and Cultures have lent their expertise to the Otago Museum to decipher items from New Zealand missionaries in China. The items include written documents that bear witness to… Continue Reading →

For better or worse?

Considered the most radical reform of the Family Court, the impact of the Family Disputes Resolution Act 2013 is to get a close examination through a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded study conducted by the University of Otago Faculty of Law… 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 →

Going Soft

If a country had a Facebook page, it would measure its soft power success through the “likes” on the page – indirectly influencing others through its popularity. A concept first coined in the 1990s by American political scientist Joseph Nye,… Continue Reading →

UNESCO funds shadow puppet film

An educational film is being produced at the University of Otago, to be used as a health promotion resource for communities in rural areas of Java, in Indonesia. The film project is led by Dr Dan Bendrups, La Trobe University,… Continue Reading →

Special Collections offers weekly tours of new exhibition

Weekly tours through the University’s latest Special Collections exhibition will offer visitors a chance to hear some of the more complex stories of the literary families on display. Keeping it in the Family: British and Irish Literary Generations 1770-1930 at… Continue Reading →

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