Stout-NOHANZ Conference

Stout-NOHANZ Conference

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20-22 Nov 2020 from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm 20 Nov 2020 8:00 am 22 Nov 2020 5:00 pm

Registrations for this conference are closed due to capacity numbers.

New Zealand Oral History Conference  

Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the 
National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ)
Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu

Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington 
20-22 November 2020

Ko wai mātou?        Who are we?

A common thread runs through the contemporary work of many philosophers, economists, geneticists, historians and novelists world-wide. Who are we? What unites us? What separates us?  As we in Aotearoa New Zealand grapple with the consequences of colonisation nearly 200 years on, questions of personal and collective identity resonate on multiple levels. Do we share any form of collective identity?  We have invited papers that explore “who are we?” in different and interesting ways.

  • There are multiple social and cultural dimensions to identity – iwi/hapu, family, ethnicity, occupation, class, sexuality, generation, and gender among them.
  • How do we navigate the personal and collective multiplicity of identities that are part and parcel of everyday life?
  • In what ways are these identities perceived to overlap?
  • How do we negotiate conflicting identities?
  • Past or present – which matters more when considering who we are?
  • Are our life narratives our self-identities?

Through the medium of interviews and life narratives oral historians are able to record a rich diversity of perspectives and make a contribution to understanding the question “Ko wai mātou?” or “Who are we?”.

Keynote speakers:

Tā Kim Workman, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne o Wairarapa, and Julia Whaipooti, Ngāti Porou, in conversation.
Professor Na Li, Department of History, Zhejiang University, China (by Zoom).
Dr Melissa Matutina Williams, independent historian of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Maru descent.

Conference Timeline - The Opening Lecture will now be held at the National Library of New Zealand.

  • Friday 20 November
    • Workshops and/or guided walk.
    • The Welcome and Opening Lecture begins at 5.00pm at the National Library of New Zealand, Auditorium, Aitken Street entrance.
    • The opening lecture is open to conference delegates only.

Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka - Alan MacDiarmid Complex

  • Saturday 21 November
    • Registration opens at 8.15am outside AM101 (foyer) Kelburn Campus
    • Full day of presentations
    • Followed by NOHANZ Annual General Meeting
  • Sunday 22 November
    • Full day of presentations 9.00am to 4.00pm.
To view a copy of the provisional conference programmePlease note that this may be subject to change.
Pre-Conference events

Workshopswill be held on Friday 20 November at National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Thorndon. You must be registered for the Conference to attend a workshop.  A guided walk will also be available - see information on the NOHANZ link below.

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If you wish to become a Member of NOHANZ, please go to:

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Accommodation is available at Te Puni Village, 80 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn.  A single room, with a shared bathroom, is $66.47 per night.  Continental breakfast can also be ordered for an additional $10.00.  Accommodation at Te Puni should be booked and paid for directly at:

Please use the conference code STOUT2020.  Delegates travelling for this conference will receive a 10% saving when adding the promotional booking code via the website.  Te Puni is a few minutes walk to the Alan MacDiarmid conference rooms, including the Laby lecture theatre.

Car Parking

Free car parking is available on Saturday and Sunday in the staff car park, Gate 7, at the bottom of the ring road.  There is limited car parking on Friday (pay and display) on the street, or at the top of the Cable Car, Upland Road, Kelburn (Wilsons parking, expensive).

Disability access is available at the back of the Laby/Cotton Building.  If you drive in Gate 7 and follow the road up to the top staff car parking area (harbour side), there are parks available and a ramp access into the building, and to through to the main corridor.  The conference venue rooms are all on one level.  Alternatively, there is access from the front of the Alan MacDiarmid building by Wishbone Café, with only a couple of steps.

Please email Debbie: if you have any special requirements regarding health, safety, or diet. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free will be catered for automatically.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact:

Anna Green: or Ann Packer:

We must add the caveat that should community transmission of the Covid_19 virus re-emerge we may have to cancel the conference at relatively short notice. We strongly recommend that you book refundable or transferable flights.