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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

City of Literature scholarship

The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago invites applications for a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies: The University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship. The scholarship celebrates the granting of UNESCO City of Literature… Continue Reading →

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