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.
In this installment of '10 questions with ...' we chat with Dr Fiona McCormack about recently released book, Private Oceans: The Enclosure and Marketisation of the Seas (2017).
ASAA/NZ is delighted to announce the launch of Mahi Tahi: Māori and Anthropology in Aotearoa New Zealand, a new open-access initiative.
The call for papers for the ASAA/NZ 2018 Conference ‘Improvising Lives,’ to be held at Massey University's Wellington campus on 6-7 December, is now open. Paper proposals are due by 1 August 2018.
The call for papers for the European Society for Oceanists 2018 Conference ‘Dealing with Inequality: Pacific perspectives, Pacific futures’ in Cambridge and London is now open. Paper proposals are due by 29 June 2018.
A/Prof Jacqui Leckie has been named 2018 Stout Research Centre JD Stout Fellow.
Victoria University of Wellington is seeking a Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology (fixed term, 0.8FTE).
Do you work in/on issues relating to Oceania? Are you planning to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association? If so, you could consider joining the AAA's Pacific Interest Group (formerly Melanesia Interest Group).
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.
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.
Dr Lorena Gibson is one of the 2016 recipients of a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start Award. Her project, East Side Orchestras: Music, Poverty, and Social Change, explores the social impacts of three charitable organisations that provide free music education programmes inspired by El Sistema, one of the world’s most successful movements for musical and social development, in low decile schools in urban Wellington.
Professor Thegn Ladefoged is a 2016 recipient of a prestigious Marsden grant for his new project, The making of Māori society: an archaeological analysis of social networks.
Associate Professor Jeff Sissons has just been awarded a prestigious Marsden grant for his new project, The mysterious disappearance of tūāhu.
Four New Zealand-based anthropologists have had success in the 2016 Marsden Fund awards. Our congratulations go to:
Professor Thegn Ladefoged from Anthropology at the University of Auckland, who received a Marsden grant of $705,000 for his project The making of Māori society: An archaeological analysis of social networks and geo-political interaction.
Dr Phyllis Herda from Anthropology at the University of Auckland, who received a Marsden grant of $530,000 for the project Ancient Futures: Late 18th and early 19th century Tongan arts and their legacies.
Dr Lorena Gibson from Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, who received a Marsden Fast Start grant of $300,000 for her project East Side Orchestras: Music, poverty, and social change.
The Marsden Fund was established by the government in 1994 to fund excellent fundamental research. It is a contestable fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Marsden Fund Council.
Marsden Fund research benefits society as a whole by contributing to the development of researchers with knowledge, skills and ideas. The Fund supports research excellence in science, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities. Competition for grants is intense. Marsden is regarded as the hallmark of excellence for research in New Zealand.
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.
The Journal of the Polynesian Society has just released a special issue entitled Grave Matters in Oceania.