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Material Histories: Antipodean Perspectives


Thu 15 Nov 2012, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 16 Nov 2012, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Massey University, Wallace St, Mt Cook, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: s3432

Part of the College of Creative Arts, Massey University's annual BLOW festival.

Massey University’s Matter research cluster and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa present a symposium that brings together historians, curators, artists, designers and postgraduate students to explore the history and meanings of our material culture. It will include international speakers, exhibitions and behind the scenes tours of Te Papa.

From the British Museum’s global History of the World in 100 objects to the recent gorgeous local publication Te Hao Nui The Great Catch: Object stories from Te Manawa Museum, it is clear that there is renewed interest and excitement in material culture. Antiques, vintage and retro, as well as museum collections and would be collectors are everywhere. What does this mean for the history we research, write, display and put online?

International speakers will put research conducted locally into an international perspective. As well, there will be exhibitions and behind the scenes tours of Te Papa. Please join us to hear fascinating accounts from scholars at the cutting edge, see what is being done in print, on display and online, and be part of moving this exciting research area forward!

Keynote speaker: Professor Beverly Lemire, Professor & Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Department of History & Classics and Department of Human Ecology, Director of the Material Culture Institute, University of Alberta, Canada.

Other confirmed speakers include Dr Louise Purbrick (University of Brighton); Dr Graeme Were (University of Queensland); artist Areta Wilkinson; Dr Bronwyn Dalley (independent scholar); Dr Kate Hunter (Victoria University of Wellington); Kirstie Ross (Te Papa); Dr Kerry Taylor (Massey University); Fiona McKergow (independent scholar), plus a postgraduate panel of current students engaged in material culture studies research.

Held at Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University, Entrance E, Tasman Street


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