50 years of Anthropology at VUW (celebrating May 10-12 2017)

This year the anthropology programme at Victoria University of Wellington is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. In honour of this important milestone, we have organized a programme of events that will highlight the history of anthropology at Victoria, explore the changing conditions shaping the discipline, and speculate about the future trajectories of anthropological knowledge at Victoria, in New Zealand, and beyond.

Events are open to the public for all who wish to come and join our celebration.  Some require pre-registration, so check below for the full and final schedule of events and details of events, and click 50th Anniversary Programme 2017.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 10 May, Te Herenga Waka Marae

10:30am – 12:30pm: Pōwhiri and Marae Kōrero, at Te Tumu Herenga Waka
Discussion by Dame Dr. Joan Metge and Bernie Kernot
2:00pm – 3:30pm: Masterclass with Professor Michael D. Jackson, Kelburn Campus (graduate class, limited spaces, pre-registration required – email 50anth@vuw.ac.nz)
3pm: ASAA/NZ Special General Meeting (location tbc)

Thursday 11 May, Hunter Council Chamber

9.00am – 5.30pm: Anthropology in Aotearoa New Zealand Symposium (register here)

  • 9:00am–9:05am: Introductory Remarks by Professor Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich
    ‘Anthropology in a Bicultural Country’
  • 9:05am-10:15am: Keynote Address – Distinguished Professor Michael D. Jackson
    ‘Existential Scarcity and Ethical Feeling’
  • 10:15am–10:45am: Tea Break and Exhibition: ‘Then, Now, and Tomorrow’
  • 10:45am–11:00am: 50 years of Anthropology at Victoria: An Archival Reflection
    Dr. Graeme Whimp
  • 11:00am–1:00pm: Commoning Ethnography Panel (chaired by Dr. Eli Elinoff)
  • 1:00pm–2:00pm: Lunch Break and Exhibition: ‘Then, Now, and Tomorrow’
  • 2:00pm–4:00pm: Reclaiming Anthropology Panel (chaired by Dr. Lorena Gibson)

6:00pm – 7:30pm: Public Lecture by Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond
Alternative Facts and Uncommon Truths: Rivers and other Realities

Reception to follow

Friday 12 May, Hunter Council Chamber

9:00am – 12:00pm: Moving Forward, Glancing Backwards: Past, Present, and the Possibilities in/of Anthropology Graduate Symposium (chaired by Dr. Nayantara Sheoran Appleton)

  • 9:00am–9:50am: The Past
  • 10.00am-11.00am: The Present
  • 11.10am-12.00noon: The Potential Future(s)

Tea breaks included, and casual lunch to follow

Thursday 11 – Friday 19 May: Exhibition ‘Then, Now, and Tomorrow’ (arranged by Dr. Caroline Bennett and Dr. Graeme Whimp)

  • 11 – 12 May, Hunter Common Room
  • 15 – 19 May, the Hub, Kelburn Campus
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