Aotearoa New Zealand

Marsden success for Dr Fraser Macdonald

Dr Fraser Macdonald is one of the 2018 recipients of a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start Award. His project, Melanesia Burning: The Explosion of Pentecostalism in the Western Pacific, aims to unfold the untold story of the explosion of Pentecostalism in Melanesia in the 1970s.

Graduate stories: Evelyn Walford-Bourke

The latest instalment of Graduate Stories features Evelyn Walford-Bourke, who is studying towards a MA in Cultural Anthropology at Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui (Victoria University of Wellington).

10 questions with ... Lyn Carter

In this latest instalment of In this instalment of '10 questions with,' we interview Dr Lyn Carter about her new book Indigenous Pacific Approaches to Climate Change: Aotearoa/New Zealand (2018).

Graduate Stories: Kris Finlayson

In Graduate Stories we showcase some of the outstanding graduate researchers working in various anthropology departments, or on anthropological topics, around Aotearoa New Zealand. This instalment features Kris Finlayson, who is about to submit his Masters thesis on the identity of Afrikaans-speakers’ in New Zealand’s society.

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.

Permanent, full-time position available in Social Anthropology at Massey University (Albany campus)

Applications are invited for a lectureship in Social Anthropology to be located at Massey University's Albany Campus in Auckland. The appointee will possess a doctorate in Social or Cultural Anthropology and will have relevant research expertise in the anthropology of religion. Applications close 30 April 2018.

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).

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