New Zealand's Cultures: Sources, Histories, Futures

full name / name of organization: 
New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland)
contact email: 
Janet.Wilson@northampton.ac.uk and bmartin@uvigo.es

New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland)

Inaugural Conference

New Zealand's Cultures: Sources, Histories, Futures

Hosts: Birkbeck, University of London and The University of Northampton

Friday 6 July to Saturday 7 July 2012 at Birkbeck, University of London

This conference aims to examine the ‘making of New Zealanders’ in the past, present and future. It will focus on New Zealand and its many different cultures, exploring their origins, historical sources and influences, contemporary changes and future developments. It aims to embrace as many as possible of the disciplinary fields within the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.
We anticipate that the cultures that will be explored will include not only the more obvious national, ethnic and religious ones, but the practices and mindsets of governmental, professional, business, educational, religious and sporting subcultures, and of cultures found in other daily occupations and interests, such as eating, drinking and entertainment.
We are interested in how elements of national culture have been imported from the Pacific, the UK, the USA, Europe and Australia, and how they have been exported through migration, disapora, and the media. We welcome proposals that approach New Zealand’s cultures from alternative, ‘outsider’ perspectives, and those that consider whether or not New Zealand's cultures exhibit any remarkable ‘exceptionalism’ .

Topics might well be located in or refer to one or more of the following categories of culture:

National
Local
Political
Ethnic
Immigrant/diasporic/minority
Professional
Business
Creative Arts
Gastronomic
Sporting
Historical / critical writing
Environmental
Religion

Keynote speakers: Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas; Professor Hugh Lauder (University of Bath). Others to be confirmed.

In the evening of 6th July, will be the launch of the 25 New Zealand Poets for the UK Poetry Archive 2011, with Directors, Sir Andrew Motion and Richard Carrington, Co-ordinating Director Jan Kemp, and readings by some of the poets.

Registration: Earlybird (til 31 March): £140.00; students/unwaged £90.00
Standard: £180.00; students/unwaged: £140.00

Abstracts: for 20 minute papers of c 250 words plus brief biosketch by 31 March to info.nzsn@gmail.com. Intending delegates should be current members of the NZSN. For details of how to join see the NZSN website at http://www.nzstudies.com. The website will post regular updates of the conference.

Accommodation: Due to anticipated heavy demand caused by the Olympics, we recommend booking early at nearby hotels.

For any queries write to the convenors, Professor Janet Wilson at janet.wilson@northampton.ac.uk and Andrew Sharp at a.sharp@auckland.ac.nz.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
postcolonial
twentieth_century_and_beyond