Graduate student co-ordinators Rowan Light and Ryan Anderson have been developing programme for the Graduate Day set for Tuesday 28 November, ahead of Histories Meet. All graduate students attending the conference are invited to attend the Day, which will be held at the University of Auckland’s Waipapa Marae. The day will include tangata whenua history and time with conference keynote speakers James Belich, Mary Jane McCallum and Monty Soutar.
Rowan and Ryan say: We aim to have a day that provides an opportunity for graduate students to get to know each other before the beginning of the main conference sessions. Conversations with fellow postgraduate students and keynote speakers will give us an opportunity to discuss and consider the communities that writing for an MA or Doctoral thesis have placed us in, and share our own experiences and insights into what we see as the present purpose of our work. Our guest speakers will provide a variety of different perspectives and backgrounds on positioning the products and practices of History writing, and it is our hope that these sessions will provide a whanaungatanga that will extend to the main conference sessions and beyond.
There is an afternoon walking tour to Symonds Street Cemetery which conference participants can sign up for when you register. Rowan and Ryan are also looking at an alternative activity during the afternoon, ahead of an evening event featuring James Belich at Auckland Museum.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided. There is no fee for attending the Graduate Day.
About Ryan: Ryan is an MA student studying the travel narratives of Maori singers, soldiers, and sportsmen that visited Britain around the turn of the 20th century. He is particularly interested in untangling these stories from narratives of assimilation, and uncovering the continuities between their engagement with metropolitan culture and the continued centrality of local frameworks of identity to their experience.
About Rowan: Rowan is a PhD candidate researching the history of Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand since the Second World War. He’s interested in the “Anzac revival” and how this relates to changing notions of identity, nationhood, and the state, in a trans-Tasman and global context. His other research interests include the history of tourism and sport.
Further details of the graduate day will be posted here as they become available.