Public anthropology

New series Artefact, hosted by Dame Anne Salmond, premieres Monday 7 May on Māori TV

Artefact is a new, 6-part television series hosted by Dame Professor Anne Salmond that tells stories about Aotearoa's past through artefacts and taonga. The series, funded by NZ on Air, will screen on Māori Television at 8.30pm from Monday 7 May to Monday 11 June. Episodes will also be available on demand on Māori Television.

Successful celebration of 50 years of anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington

VUW's Eli Elinoff shares a brief summary of last week's events.

Last week the Cultural Anthropology programme at Victoria University of Wellington celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In honour of the milestone, we organized an event highlighting the history of anthropology at Victoria, exploring the changing face of the discipline in New Zealand, and speculating about the futures of anthropological knowledge.

The celebration began on May 10th with a Pōwhiri and Marae Kōrero at the meetinghouse on Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae on VUW's Kelburn campus. We discussed the origins of the cultural anthropology programme with two of its founding members, Dame Dr. Joan Metge and Bernie Kernot.

Dame Dr. Joan Metge (standing) during the marae kōrero at Te Tumu Herenga Waka. Bernie Kernott is seated to the left, and Te Range Hīroa is to the far left.

Dame Dr. Joan Metge (standing) during the marae kōrero at Te Tumu Herenga Waka. Bernie Kernott is seated to the left, and Te Range Hīroa is to the far left.

May 11th began with a keynote address by Dr. Michael Jackson, programme alumni and Distinguished Professor of World Religions at Harvard University. Next, we had two panel discussions from anthropologists across New Zealand. Finally, Professor Dame Anne Salmond from the University of Auckland delivered a second public keynote.

On May 12th, the events concluded with a morning symposium featuring the work of current post-graduates and programme alumni.

Anthropology in Aotearoa Symposium at Victoria University of Wellington

On Thursday 11 May, the Cultural Anthropology Programme at Victoria University of Wellington is hosting a full-day Anthropology in Aotearoa Symposium (registrations required).

Fulbright Scholar and biological anthropologist Wendy Erb visiting New Zealand

In May 2017, biological anthropologist and Fulbright scholar Dr Wendy Erb is giving a series of lectures on her research at the University of Auckland, Massey University, and AUT University. 

Public lecture by Professor Dame Anne Salmond on Thursday 11 May 2017

The Cultural Anthropology Programme at Victoria University of Wellington invites you to attend a public lecture by Professor Dame Anne Salmond at 6pm on Thursday 11 May. This lecture is part of a three day programme of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Victoria's anthropology programme

10 questions with ... Marama Muru-Lanning

Welcome to our new blog series, '10 questions with ...' which features short interviews with anthropologists currently working in or on Aotearoa/New Zealand. We are pleased to welcome Dr Marama Muru-Lanning as our first guest.