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Otago research examines #Gigatown

On 26 November 2014 Dunedin was named New Zealand’s first Gigatown – winning a 13 month-long competition to receive the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere. Now, a Senior Lecturer from Otago’s Department of Media Film and Communication has been… Continue Reading →

Book launch to celebrate Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o te reo Māori – Māori Language Week will see the launch of a new book by Otago historians Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla and Associate Professor Lachy Paterson. The pair collaborated to write He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s… Continue Reading →

New book explains Spinoza’s account of reason

Professor Michael LeBuffe has recently published a book, Spinoza on Reason, which looks at Spinoza’s Philosophy, in particular his concepts of reason. “Spinoza has the reputation of being a great theorist of reason. He is known to philosophers as a champion… Continue Reading →

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 →

New book launched on Indian migrants

Last Thursday saw the successful launch of Jane McCabe’s new book, Race, Tea and Colonial Resettlement: Imperial Families, Interrupted at the Hocken Collections. Launched by the Centre for Colonial Culture Co-director, Angela Wanhalla, this monograph, published by Bloomsbury, explores the… Continue Reading →

Review shows child protection services need further work

One of the first academic and independent reviews of the Government’s direction on child protection services has raised fundamental concerns. The report by Dr Emily Keddell, a senior social work lecturer at Otago, focuses specifically on recent and proposed further… Continue Reading →

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