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FASSGRAD

FASSGRAD Conference AppleFASSGRAD is the Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The conference gives postgraduate students from Waikato and elsewhere across the country the opportunity to present their research.

FASSGRAD is a yearly demonstration of the quality and value of research by graduate scholars and the creativity, new discoveries and new knowledge it brings to enrich our lives.

The conference always features presentations from a wide spectrum of diverse and exciting research topics.

Enquiries

Mary Melinn: marym@waikato.ac.nz, 0800 800 145 (within NZ) or +64 7 838 4366, ext. 8085


Awards

Best Paper and Highly Commended Awards

A prize of $500 will be awarded for the best presentation given on each day of the conference. A prize of $250 will be awarded for a highly commended paper on each day of the conference.

Rangahau Māori Award

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences endeavours to profile and celebrate Kaupapa Māori research. This award is assessed on the research contribution towards Tino Rangatiratanga/ Māori self-determination and development and the way in which the research utilises culturally appropriate methodologies and is informed by tikanga Māori.


2018 FASSGRAD Conference
November 8th and 9th, 2018

To download the conference program and abstracts click here.

Joint winners of the Rangahau Māori award

  • Kelly Klink, Breaking the Barrier: Māori spiritual and religious entanglements at Aotea
  • Moana Rarere, Exploring the cultural influences on Māori family formation and fertility trends

Best paper Day 1 

  • Renee Boyer, Storytelling and the importance of looking out the window 

Highly commended paper day 1 

  • Xi Wang, The use of social media by NZ and Chinese environmental and conservative non-profit organisations and the perspectives of their audiences 

Best paper Day 2

  • Timo Rangelov,  Ahamb (Vanuatu): Language context and endangerment

Joint Highly Commended Paper Day 2 

  • Hayley Phillips, A sea of voices: Deep sea mining and the Solwara 1 project in Papua New Guinea
  • Juliana Brown, Gender, sex, and sexuality diversity at the University of Waikato

FASSGRAD 2017

Awards for Best Paper were made to:

    • Chelsa Bowden – Transgendering Binairies: Gender, Expression and Intentity in
      Laurie Frankel's This is How it Always Was 
    • Kimberley Jackson – "The Milk of Human Kindness?" The Birth and Re-Birth of Free School Milk In New Zealand

    Awards for Highly Commended papers were made to:

    • Fiona Wells-Lakeland – What Word is Witch?
    • Juliana Brown – Negotiating Sex in a University Residential Setting

FASSGRAD 2016

Awards for Best Paper were made to:

    • Cheri Ang – Using the Violin to Support Elderly People in a Residential Setting
    • Alex Lodge – Intersectional Feminism and Creative Practice in Contemporary Aotearoa Theatre

    Awards for Highly Commended papers were made to:

    • Fiona Wells-Lakeland – What Word is Witch?
    • Juliana Brown – Negotiating Sex in a University Residential Setting

FASSGRAD 2015

Awards for Best Paper were made to:

  • Mark Bond – This is Not an Exit: Hypermasculinity and Transgression in Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho (1991)
  • Teresa Marie Connors – What is Here? A Descriptive Account of Ecological Performativity: A Creative-Research Practice

Awards for Highly Commended papers were made to:

  • Lisa Melville – Lesbians Making Babies: The Matter of Sperm
  • Sunita Basnet – Home and Home-making Practices: Former Bhutanese Refugee Women and Girls in New Zealand
  • Suzanna Ellington – To Doubt or Not to Doubt: The Hinges on which Fictions Turn

FASSGRAD 2014

Awards for Best Paper were made to:

  • Daryl MacDonald –  Number in Oceanic Languages is More than Singular or Plural
    Sangion Appiee – Kinship, Equity and Social Inclusion in Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Papua New Guinea

Honourable Mention Awards were made to:

  • Joel Gordon – Solving Hades' Identity Crisis: Antiquity and Modern Mass Culture Working Together.
    Emma Nelson – Darwinian Evolution in H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds

FASSGRAD 2013

Awards for Best Paper were made to:

  • Jade Aikman Dodd – Tuia te here tangata! Fastening the Threads of Marae Communities
    Nick Braae – Every Analysis Tells a Story: The Case of New Zealand Popular Music