New Historians Conference 2020

History: Lived and Imagined 26th - 27th November 2020

The postgraduate-led conference began back in 2006 and has been an annual fixture at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington ever since. 2020 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.

This year, the conference theme was History: Lived and Imagined, which explored how stories are being told and how the past is remembered. 38 papers were given 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. We were very impressed by the amazing work that each of you has done.

You can find photos from the conference and dinner (courtesy of the Image Services team at Victoria University) here: To download photos, you will just need to 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