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What does tangata tū, tangata ora’ mean for historians?

Katie Pickles, editor of History Making a Difference: New Approaches from Aotearoa, writes:

What is meant by the UC vision of ‘people prepared to make a difference – tangata tū, tangata ora’? A new publication engages with what the vision means for historians.

History Making a Difference is a collection of essays showcasing new approaches in researching and writing history from Aotearoa. The volume emerged out of Canterbury’s post-quake environment, where historians have found ourselves working in new ways. In particular, collaboration and community engagement have become common. These connections were there before 2010, but out of adversity we’ve needed to think harder, to be more daring, and to put in extra effort. The result is more work across previous boundaries – whether public, academic, or along race, class or gender divisions.

It was in this climate that UC’s History Department hosted the New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) executive during 2014 and 2015, with an executive made up of members from Canterbury Museum, Lincoln University and UC. The December 2015 biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference held at the College of Education Dovedale campus was the culmination of two big years of service.

Given our Cantabrian circumstances it was apt that the NZHA conference theme was ‘History Making a Difference’. We challenged participants to ask why care about the past? Why teach, research and write history? The new collection brings together a selection of the papers from the conference. Leading and emerging scholars, activists and those working in the public sector, archives and museums bring their expertise to provide timely direction and informed debate about the importance of history.

The essays traverse local, national and global knowledge to offer new approaches that consider the ability and potential for history to ‘make a difference’ in the early twenty-first century. Authors adopt a wide range of methodological approaches, including social, cultural, Māori, oral, race relations, religious, public, political, economic, visual and material history. The chapters engage with work in postcolonial and cultural studies.

The volume is divided into three sections that address the themes of challenging power and privilege, the co-production of historical knowledge and public and material histories. Collectively, the potential for dialogue across previous sub-disciplinary and public, private and professional divides is pursued. Three of the conference keynote speakers, Ani Mikaere, Paul Ward and Kate Darian-Smith, have chapters that lead off each of the three sections.

The editorial collective was led by Katie Pickles (History) with members Lyndon Fraser (Sociology and Anthropology), Marguerite Hill and Sarah Murray (Canterbury Museum) and Greg Ryan (Lincoln University).

170816_history-making-a-difference_300The book’s cover features art by UC Fine Arts graduate Tess Sheerin, who studied Christchurch history as a part of her degree.  Other contributors with a direct UC connection are Te Maire Tau, Martin Fisher, Safua Akeli, Peter Lineham, Nadia Gush, Rosemary Baird, and Joanna Cobley. The other authors are Margaret Pointer, Elizabeth Pente, Mark Smith, Catharine Coleborne, John Armstrong, Jane McCabe, Fiona McKergow, and Kirstie Ross.

We look forward to on-going conversations, building on our strengths from the past, and making new history in new times.

History Making a Difference: New Approaches from Aotearoa, edited by Katie Pickles, Lyndon Fraser, Marguerite Hill, Sarah Murray and Greg Ryan. Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017.

Designing College House

Aotearoa New Zealand’s first university college, UC’s hall of residence College House, was recently awarded Category 1 historic place status by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The current buildings were designed by Sir Miles Warren, and gained Warren and Mahoney the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 1969.

The video below captures the essence of Sir Miles’ design and the stories behind the architecture.

For more information about this significant hall of residence, visit the College House website.

Golden Graduates return to the Arts Centre

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.Many attendees of the recent University of Canterbury Golden Graduates events sat exams in the Arts Centre’s Great Hall, formerly part of Canterbury College which became the University of Canterbury (UC).

On 5 April, 185 Golden Graduates attended a morning or afternoon tea. Hosted by the UC Foundation, the UC alumni aged 65+, were given the opportunity to take tea and tour UC’s new space in the Chemistry building ahead of its official opening on 17 May.

The event celebrated UC’s return to the Arts Centre and was an opportunity to thank the hundreds of alumni who supported the relocation of UC Music, UC Classics and the James Logie Memorial Collection into the Arts Centre. A total of $2 million was raised in support of UC Music Performance and the new Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities.

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.

As part of UC’s commitment to the central city, UC’s Classics and Music programmes are returning to the Arts Centre. What was originally the Chemistry building has been refurbished to provide teaching, practice, office and social spaces for staff and students. It will also be home to the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, showcasing UC’s James Logie Memorial Collection.

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.

Fact file:

  • Around 19,130 degrees were conferred to 15,171 students while Canterbury College/the University of Canterbury operated out of the town site, which is now the Arts Centre.
  • The graduates attending the Golden Graduates events ranged in age from 65 to 90 years old.
  • The first to graduate among the attendees was Mr Colin Brown with a BA in History in 1950.
  • Golden Graduates flew from Auckland and the United States to attend the events.

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.

Alumni Golden Graduates event Wed PM, senior alumni meet for morning tea and visito the Old Chemistry Building Jo Dowling, Vice Chancellor Rod Carr and UCSA president James Addington address the Alumni, 5.4.17 Client, Jo Dowling, Alumni.

Environmental history of Manawatu takes prestigious award

CatherineKnight distanceAuthor and UC Alumna, Catherine Knight has shared exciting news:

My first book Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press, 2014), has just been awarded the major award for the J.M. Sherrard Award, “recognising excellence in New Zealand local and regional history”!

This is the only national award for local and regional histories and is administered by the Canterbury Historical Association. (So very strong Canterbury connection, in addition to the fact that I graduated from UC with my Masters and PhD and caught the environmental history ‘bug’ at UC.)

The judging panel was comprised of three of our most respected historians: Professor Geoffrey Rice (UC), Professor Caroline Daley (Auckland University) and Professor Jim McAloon (University of Victoria).

Ravaged BeautyThe biennial award was inaugurated by W. J. (‘Jim’) Gardner in 1972 to commemorate the life and work of the late John (‘Jock’) Sherrard, author of Kaikoura: A History of the District (1966) and to encourage scholarly standards in the research and writing of New Zealand regional history. The award is administered by the Canterbury Historical Association and currently has a value of $1,000, which may be divided if there is more than one work deserving of a Major Award. No application is required.

Read more about Catherine’s win>