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25-27th November 2013, University of Otago, Dunedin



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32nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Law and History Conference

Conference Theme ="People, Power and Place".

Tena koutou - greetings

This year for the first time the annual Australian New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS) conference will be held in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand (along with the New Zealand History Association conference).  We have put together a terrific programme of keynote speakers and associated events to hopefully entice you to visit with us at the University of Otago in late November.  We very much look forward to hosting you in Dunedin in November.

Our notable interdisciplinary Australian New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS) conference will take place 25th-27th November with the theme "People, Power and Place".

Date:            25th - 27th November 2013
Venue:          University of Otago, Dunedin

Abstracts due:  31st July 2013

Scholarships available for students: see webpage for details.

Keynote speakers include:
- Professor Lauren Benton (New York University),
- Chief Judge Wilson Isaac (Maori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal),
- Professor Tony Ballantyne (University of Otago),
- Professor Jeremy Finn (University of Canterbury),
- Dr Lisa Ford (University of New South Wales),
- Dr Mark Hickford (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Crown Law Office).

In the week proceeding, the biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference is being held in Dunedin from Wednesday 20 November until Friday 22 November. This conference organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming a large and energetic group of historians, archivists and librarians, teachers, curators, and heritage professionals as well as the historically curious.

The NZHA conference has an excellent line-up of keynote speakers: Professor Elizabeth Elbourne (McGill University), author of Blood Ground:  Colonialism, Missions and the Contest for Christianity in the Cape Colony and Britain, 1799-1853; Professor Maya Jasanoff (Harvard University), the author of Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 and Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World; and Professor Henry Yu (University of British Columbia), author of Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact and Exoticism in Modern America. Associate Professor Damon Salesa (University of Auckland), whose Racial Crossings won the 2012 Ernest Scott Prize, will be the Beaglehole Memorial Lecturer for 2013. Professor Atholl Anderson, noted archaeologist and expert on the history of Ngai Tahu Whanui, will deliver the Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikaheke Memorial Lecture.

There are going to be a range of events either side of the New Zealand Historical Association conference. On Tuesday 19 November, PHANZA (Professional Historians' Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa) will hold a one-day workshop, with sessions on the theory and practice of public history in New Zealand. More details relating to this event will be posted soon. On the same day, the Religious History Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will be holding a workshop as well: those interested in participating should contact Allan Davidson at < Details of this event will be posted on this website as they are updated. On Tuesday 19 theUniversity of Otago's Centre for Research on Colonial Culture (CROCC) will also be running a workshop for postgraduate students working on empire and colonialism. Initial enquiries about that event can be directed to < All three of these workshops will be hosted by St Margaret's College on the Otago campus. On Saturday 23 November, the day after the main conference, Frances Steel of the University of Wollongong is running a workshop on New Zealand maritime history. Again we will post details of this event as they come to hand.

These details about the NZHA conference have been made available now so that participants can make their travel plans.  By the end of February, registration details for the NZHA conference will be available and a formal call for papers will be issued. But the basic timeline will be as follows: title and abstracts should be submitted by 15 May; the provisionalprogramme will be released in July; and early-bird registration will close 1 September. Conference accommodation will be available at St Margaret's College at a rate of $82.50 per night for bed and breakfast. Conference rates are also available at Allan Court Motel or 755 Regal Court.

Any queries in regard to the NZHA conference can be directed to

Any queries in regard to the ANZLHS conference can be directed to

The University of Otago Faculty of Law and Department of History & Art History look forward to hosting you in November 2013 in the special place of Dunedin - home to Aotearoa New Zealand's oldest university, the University of Otago, the stunning new Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and the much loved Hocken Collections.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Dunedin!

Nga mihi

Dr Jacinta Ruru
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law
Te Whare Wananga o Otago / University of Otago
PO Box 56
Otepoti /Dunedin
Aotearoa New Zealand

Waea / Tel: 64 3 4798833
Waea whakaahua / Fax: 64 3 4798855








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