Conference: New Zealand Studies Network Conference | Friday July 6 to Saturday July 7, 2012 | Birkbeck, University of London

New Zealand Studies Network Conference
Friday July 6 to Saturday July  7, 2012
Birkbeck, University of London

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

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.  Others to be confirmed.

On the evening of July 6th, will be the launch of the "25 New Zealand Poets for the UK Poetry Archive 201" with Directors, Sir Andrew Motion and Richard Carrington, Co-ordinating Director Jan Kemp, and readings by some of the poets.

20 minute papers of c 250 words plus brief biosketch due by March 31, 2012.
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Intending delegates should be current members of the NZSN. For details of how to join see the NZSN website. We will post regular updates of the conference, including accommodation, registration fees etc on the website.

Contact the convenors, Professor Janet Wilson and Andrew Sharp.