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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alister Barry, director and producer of the award-winning ‘Hot Air’ documentary will be present at a screening on 10 November to discuss how lessons learned from twenty years of climate change politics can be used to create change here in New Zealand.
Alister Barry says finding the time and energy to express ourselves politically isn’t easy.
“When we do we want our efforts to be effective, to pull the most effective lever as efficiently as we can. We need to know who are the key decision makers, what they are sensitive to and what actions are a waste of time. Hot Air tells the story of what has been tried over the last twenty years and how effective it was. Most importantly it tells how parliament and political parties have reacted to pressure of one sort and another.
“Dealing with climate change must eventually happen at a national political level. Hot Air lays the ground work for what we need to do politically. We know the problem, now we need to act. After seeing the film, people say to me, ‘I had forgotten so much of this stuff, or didn’t know it at all. Now I have a much better idea about where we should be going.”
WHEN: Tuesday November 10, 7pm-9pm
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
From November 30 to December 11, France is hosting the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
This crucial conference needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
Climate change politics has been part of New Zealand’s political landscape for twenty years , and the documentary ‘Hot Air’ provides a history of these politics, plus outlines how this conference might spark change here in New Zealand. A discussion with director Alister Barry will follow.
Brought to you by the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
WHEN: November 10, 7pm-9pm
The colourful past of Victoria Square will be brought to life this Sunday in a series of guided walking tours led by recently retired University of Canterbury Professor Dr Geoffrey Rice.
Dr Rice will be drawing on the stories he uncovered while writing his recently published book Victoria Square – Cradle of Christchurch.
Former students of Dr Rice will remember his personable and engaging teaching style, which will no doubt be a highlight of this Sunday’s guided historical tours.
Dr Rice will lead three tours on Sunday 18th October. The tours will depart from the Queen Victoria statue at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. There’s a limit of 12 people per tour so be there nice and early!
Click here to read more about Dr Rice’s tours and other Heritage Week activities.
And click here for more information on Dr Rice’s 2014 book Victoria Square – Cradle of Christchurch.