New Historians Conference 2020

The theme of this annual postgraduate-led conference was ‘History: Lived and Imagined’. For the first time, the conference was held in a dual format.

The postgraduate-led conference has been an annual fixture at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington ever since it began in 2006. This year has brought many trials and tribulations, but it was wonderful to be able to continue the conference’s tradition and—for the first time—hold it through a dual (in-person and digital) format last week.

The theme of this year's conference was ‘History: Lived and Imagined’, which explored how stories are being told and how the past is remembered. Thirty-eight papers were delivered by speakers from across Aotearoa and Australia on a diverse range of topics that took us to different eras of local, national, and global history. Those in attendance were impressed by the work done by the speakers.

See photos of the conference. To download photos, provide your email address. Although we tried to capture as much of the action as we could, we apologise if we were unable to capture every speaker.

Whether you attended in-person or digitally, it was a pleasure to host you. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer break, and we hope to see you again next year.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Lydia Whiting, Maggie Blackburn, Tommy Boyd, Beth Swanson, Sophie Burke

New Historians 2020 Organising Committee, Te Herenga Waka