Source: Massey University
Humanities and social sciences scholars share their expertise and insights on a diverse local and global topics in the Our Changing World lecture series.
China’s influence, Auckland’s superdiversity, philosophical issues in health and science research, the transformative power of theatre, music, literature – just a few of the sizzling topics in this year’s Our Changing World public lectures by Massey University humanities and social science scholars.
Exploring, analysing and understanding complex and compelling issues is where philosophers, sociologists, historians, linguists and other arts scholars shine. The series, now in its third consecutive year at the Auckland campus and expanding to Wellington this year, offers a diverse range of fascinating topics of interest to the wider public, offering fresh perspectives and food for thought.
Hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the series kicks off on March 6 with Dr David Belgrave – a lecturer in citizenship and politics – discussing New Zealand’s policy towards China. His talk, Watching China’s Rise: Past, Present and Future Options for New Zealand, will provide historical context to the New Zealand-China relationship and look at policy challenges for the future in what has become a hot button already issue this year.
Next up, French language and literature specialist Dr France Grenaudier-Klijn will explore how the Holocaust of World War II continues to haunt French society and culture in her talk: Ghosts of the Holocaust in contemporary French fiction.
Philosopher Dr John Matthewson will share insights on populations in science research and applications. He will explore how science applications and funding gets targeted to particular groups, moving from philosophical analysis through scientific methodology to ultimately consider practical outcomes.
The first lecture, in Auckland, looks at past and current contexts for New Zealand’s relationship with China.
Protest origins and sports’ allure
Historian Dr Amanda McVitty takes the audience back to medieval Europe to consider the earliest voices of protest in politics. She will discuss how and why the voices of the people emerged “as a formidable and unpredictable force in medieval politics,” and explore the strategies ordinary men and women used to protest injustice, defy corrupt leaders, and demand change.
Back to the future and closer to home, historian and author Dr Geoff Watson considers the world of sport in New Zealand and why it is so important to many in our nation, in his talk:Continuity or Change? Sport in New Zealand Society c. 1840-2019.
The Auckland series concludes in November with renowned demographer Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, discussing the latest trends in Auckland’s fast-growing population in his tall: “Superdiverse Auckland: A New City Emerges.”
Professor Spoonley launches the Wellington series on March 19 discussing hate speech in the age of the internet. Following lectures include Professor Richard Shaw on the Fourth Industrial revolution and work of the future; Dr Germana Nicklin on New Zealand’s borders from European and Māori perspectives; Dr Anna Powles on the implications for the Pacific ‘reset’; Associate Professor Christine Kenney on indigenous approaches to disaster management; and Dr John Fitzgerald on policy and strategy for suicide risk and prevention. Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley will share her research insights and experiences from pioneering work in performance arts and activism, while Associate Professor Leonel Alvarado will talk on the impact and influence of Latino music around the world.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Regional Director in Auckland and lecture series convenor, Dr Damien Rogers.
Fresh insights on complex issues of our time
Convenor Dr Damien Rogers, a politics lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning, says; “These days, the world around us seems more complex than ever before. For some, humanity is on a precipice, tearing itself apart in some regions of the world as a global ecological crisis appears ever closer on our shared horizon. For others, we live in an era of unparalleled opportunity and unsurpassed prosperity. How are we to make sense of it all?”
“We offer these lectures free to the public to better connect with our local communities and to fulfil, in part, our cherished role as critic and conscience of society. We hope the series will inform, and perhaps even transform, the way in which people think about a broad range of fascinating topics.”
TIME: Doors open at 6pm. Lecture 6.30-7.30pm.
VENUE: Round Room, Atrium Building, Albany campus, Massey University
TIME: 6pm to 7pm, third Tuesday of the month.
VENUE: National Library of New Zealand, Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.
For more information or to register: www.massey.ac.nz/ourchangingworld
Created: 21/02/2019 | Last updated: 21/02/2019