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Forced migrations and borders the focus of 52nd Foreign Policy School

Forced migrations of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, the closing and enforcement of immigration borders, and the widespread misery and geopolitical instability that ensues is the focus of this year’s Otago Foreign Policy School. This annual gathering is the… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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