Research in History
Māori and Indigenous History
The History Programme specialises in Māori and iwi histories, and also offers a course in global indigenous histories. Both papers emphasise the importance of indigenous knowledge, languages, methods and ethics to present native pasts that heal present trauma.
Courses cover Pacific history from the age of exploration to global empire building, examining the intersecting stories of different peoples across the world’s largest ocean. How have different Pacific communities responded to and engaged with, newcomers from the Spanish Galleons and Captain Cook, to WW2 and subsequent decolonisation?
Gender in History
What roles have women and men played in families, workplaces, military campaigns, and politics? How were their lives and experiences shaped by expectations about masculinity and femininity? Thinking about gender in history transforms the questions that we ask about the past. Historians of gender provide fresh perspectives on some of the most urgent questions of our time, including questions about power and ongoing inequality. Ultimately, gender history is about how we choose the stories that we tell about the past, and whose voices we are able to hear.
Private Lives in the Archives
The study of history teaches us to think critically about the production and use of historical evidence. Uncover intimate and untold histories of empire, encounter, and private life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with creative uses of archival sources. Learn to interpret a range of sources, including diaries, letters, autobiographies, photographs, legal records, and oral history interviews. We’ll ask and answer questions about when people’s stories and experiences have been recorded in the past, and for what purposes. Examining these archives introduces students to histories of activism and community building, as well as to histories of regulation, surveillance and punishment.
United States history studies the record of the most successful country in the world, today’s hyperpower. A second-year course examines the horrific civil war, which freed four million slaves and saved the United States from splitting into two countries. A third-year course studies the War of Independence and the founding of the United States, which was one of the most significant events in world history for its establishment of individual human rights. The courses are highly relevant to many current issues, including discussions of racism and free speech.