New Historians Conference 2020

New Historians Conference 2020

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26-27 Nov 2020 from 8.30 am - 5.00 pm 26 Nov 2020 8:30 am 27 Nov 2020 5:00 pm

Laby Building Lecture Theatre 118 (LBLT118)

History: Lived and Imagined

History tells us stories about who we are.  We are living through them; we are imagining them.  The 15th annual New Historians Conference asks how these stories are being told and how the past is being remembered.


We kindly ask that you register for the conference through this link – (or via the flyer attached) – by Friday 6 November to let us know if you are attending in-person or digitally.

In-person attendees

The cost for in-person attendance will be $25 to be paid in cash on the day, which will cover catering for the two days.

We also warmly invite those attending the conference in-person to join us for a conference dinner at the Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 at the end of the first day (26 November).

Digital attendees

There is no cost for digital attendance.

We are expecting a number of speakers to ‘zoom in’ from outside of New Zealand, so we will do our best to take time zones into account when timetabling the conference programme.

Once we have received your registration, we will be in touch with further information about session timings.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to confirm two keynote speakers:

Katie Pickles is Professor of History at the University of Canterbury. She has published extensively on the settler societies of New Zealand, Australia and Canada, and is an Associate Editor for Kotuitui as well serving on the editorial boards of the New Zealand Journal of History and New Zealand Women’s Studies Review and as Australasian section editor for History Compass. Her work focusses on female imperialism, heroines in history, decolonisation and colonial and national identities. Her forthcoming publication, Heroines in History: A Thousand Faces,is the product of work conducted as recipient of a Royal Society Te Aparangi James Cook Research Fellowship.

Giacomo Lichtner is Associate Professor of History and Film at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. His research focuses on the interaction between History and Cinema, with particular emphasis on cinema’s role in constructing and conveying memories of the ‘long Second World War’ in Europe. He has been Associate Editor of the journal Modern Italy published by Cambridge University Press since 2015. In 2016 he was elected to the board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

Panel discussion

Alongside our keynotes, we will also be hosting a panel discussion with experts from a range of fields focusing on the practice and value of studying History in times of uncertainty and how skills developed through historical study can be utilised in the workplace. The panel will be held on the second day (Friday 27 November).

Nepia Mahuika is the Convenor of History at the University of Waikato and President of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand. His research interests include iwi histories, oral history, historical theory and methodology, global indigenous histories, and history and ethics.

Safua Aleki Amaama is Head of History and Pacific Cultures at Te Papa Tongarewa and was previously the Director of the Centre for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa. Her research interests include gender, cultural heritage, health, governance, and migration.

Jared Davidson is an archivist, historian, and writer with an interest in New Zealand’s labour history. His recent book, Dead Letters: Censorship and Subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920, won the Bert Roth Award for Labour History. He is currently examining the history of prison labour in New Zealand.

Ann Beaglehole is a freelance historian and novelist with a background in writing about the experience of refugees and asylum seekers. Her work has focused on refugees from Europe before and after the Second World War, on Jews in New Zealand, and on women.

Peter Cooke is Membership Secretary of the Professional Historians Association of NZ/Aotearoa (PHANZA). A military historian specialising in New Zealand’s military history and industrial heritage, his 2019 book, Won by the Spade: How the Royal New Zealand Engineers Built a Nation, traces New Zealand’s contributions to military engineering through the RNZE Corps.

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