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21st Biennial New Zealand Asian Studies Conference, 29 Nov-1 Dec 2015

The School of Language, Social and Political Sciences will be hosting the 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Conference from 29 November to 1 December.

The conference is the largest gathering of Asia specialists in New Zealand and attracts participants from New Zealand as well as from overseas.

The conference theme is ‘Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages’.

More than 130 papers will be presented at the conference covering a range of disciplines across the diverse regions of Asia.

Many of the conference panels explore the plural and complex networks that have crossed countries and regions, intersecting histories and cultures.

Door Knocker, Nagasaki

As part of our community engagement, a number of events on Sunday, 29 November, will be open to the public, including the keynote address by Prof Xianglong Zhang and the screening of a documentary on the partition of India and Pakistan.

The Sunday events from 3:45 pm to 6:45 pm (Central Lecture Theatres) are open to the public. In conjunction with the conference, the ‘Discovering De Jong’ exhibition will be held in the library from 27 November to 13 December.

This exhibition showcases manuscripts, rare books and journals on Central and Southeast Asian religions held at the University of Canterbury library.

Click here for more information on the conference or email naimah.talib@canterbury.ac.nz

December Graduation Information for Staff

All members of staff of the University are invited to join the stage party for the December graduation ceremonies at the Horncastle Arena.  The ceremonies will be held on:

Tuesday 15 December

10.00 am  Faculties of Engineering & Forestry, and Science

2.00 pm  Faculty of Education

Thursday 17 December

10.00 am  Faculties of Law, Commerce, and Arts

Academic regalia must be worn and orders should be submitted via department administrators no later than Monday 23rd November.  To register attendance for the stage party, please email karen.reynolds@canterbury.ac.nz.

Further information about graduation can be found here .



Grammy-winning pianist professor gives free Christchurch concert

Acclaimed classical pianist Professor Angelin Chang, who is attending the international conference on Pacific regional security hosted by the Macmillan Brown Centre, will perform in Christchurch this month.

With multiple honours to her name, Professor Chang won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra in 2007. She will be in New Zealand to attend the regional security symposium, which is being hosted at the University of Canterbury in November, where she will facilitate a session on human rights, resource rights and security.

Recognised for her poetry and technical brilliance, she is the first female American classical pianist and the first pianist of Asian descent to win a Grammy. She is also the first American to be awarded the Premier Prix Piano and Premier Prix Musique de Chambre in the same year from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in France.


Professor Chang has performed in major concert halls on five continents and was the first Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and the first Academic Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America. She holds two doctorates (law and music) and is professor of music at Cleveland State University. Professor Chang is also co-chair of the Asia-Pacific research committee of the International Political Science Association.

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury, in partnership with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, is presenting a piano concert by Prof Chang at 7pm on Wednesday 25 November, at Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale, Christchurch.

Entry is free to ticket holders. Book your free tickets by contacting Patricia Ydgren, email: patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz Refreshments will be served.

South Island Beer Festival

The University of Canterbury Club (formerly known as the UC Staff Club) is hosting another edition of the South Island Beer Festival at the Ilam Homestead on Saturday 21 November, from 12 midday until 6pm. The Club has run a number of these festivals over the last few years and they are thoroughly recommended by those who attend them.

This time we have 34 beers and ciders from brewers around the South Island for you to try. A variety of food vendors will be on hand  as well as live music to keep the atmosphere relaxed. This is a family-friendly event so bring everybody along for a fun afternoon.

Entry is $25 (on the door, no pre-sales) which gets you a souvenir festival glass and a tasting card good for five samples. Further tasting cards are available for $20 each. No charge for non-sampling hangers-on. EFTPOS is available (but cash is generally quicker).

If you are a Facebook user, check out the event page or take a look at some of the photos from past events.

A photo from the 2014 festival
A photo from the 2014 festival

Thank you for supporting the ‘What if Wednesday’ lectures

We held our final ‘What if Wednesday’ lecture for 2015 last week. This series has been hugely successful and we could not have achieved this without the contribution of the innovative and thought-provoking staff involved.

The wider community have strongly supported this series and turned out in high numbers to hear from the world-leading academics we are fortunate to have at the University of Canterbury.

Engaging with the community and businesses through public lectures is a valuable opportunity to highlight the quality of our staff and the relevance our University has to the wider community. The chance to highlight topics and issues amongst a wider audience makes our commitment to the University of Canterbury’s high calibre teaching, learning and research all the more meaningful.

By answering questions like ‘What if nutrition could treat mental illness?’ and “What if we could make Christchurch the smartest city in the world?” our staff, students, alumni and the wider community can all explore how to make a difference in the real world.

Our public lecture series will re-launch in 2016 with a fresh focus. We’ll be in touch in the New Year with more information.

You can re-visit the What if Wednesday series on our YouTube channel.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Ngā mihi nui,

Phil Barclay – Communications and Engagement Manager