News

Nicholas Ross Smith, a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Research (NCRE) on Europe, recently participated in the ‘Regions and Security Complexes in the Indo-Pacific’ workshop held at Waseda University, Japan. Nicholas’ participation was linked to the ‘EU in the Indo-Pacific’ (EUIP) Jean Monnet Network, an EU-funded 27 partner three-year project which is […]

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We are pleased to circulate the Call for Papers for the 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies that will be held here at UC on 30-31 January 2025. The broad theme of the conference is ‘Changing Divisions in Europe and the Asia-Pacific: A New Cold War?’, albeit papers from a […]

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Last week our languages department had a busy week running both Spanish Day and Japanese Day. Over 1,000 students attended over the 2 days from over 15 different Canterbury High Schools. Student’s had the chance to explore the opportunities which can come from studying a language at UC, as well as attended workshops to help […]

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UC Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) painting student, Hazel Rae, has been named as the runner up in The Adam Portraiture Award 2024.  The Adam Portraiture Award is a biennial competition for painted portraits of New Zealanders, by New Zealanders and presents a breadth of responses to identity and representation. This year, the portraits were judged […]

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2024 Workshops for applicants

Workshops
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Time
Location
Workshop 1
Thursday 6 June 2024
 2-3pm
Beatrice Tinsley 111
Workshop 2
Friday 14 June 2024
 2-3pm
Beatrice Tinsley 111
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Congratulations to our Arts Research Award recipients: The Faculty Research Award in Humanities, Social Sciences or Creative Arts: Professor Natalia Chaban (LSAP) Kairangahau Māori Award for research in Māori philosophies (both traditional and contemporary) and Māori methodologies: Professor Carl Mika (Aotahi) Early Career Award for Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative and Performing Arts: Dr Nicholas […]

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This week our Digital Screen programme held their first quiz night event for the first-year students on campus. The evening was enjoyed by all including pizza, prizes and five rounds based on all things Digital Screen!

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HE Xsolt Hetesy, Hungarian Ambassador to NZ Friday 3 May, NCRE, Logie 613, 2-3pm HE Grzegorz Kowal, Polish Ambassador to NZ Friday 24 May, NCRE, Logie 613, 2-3pm    

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New Zealand’s University of Canterbury has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with the Aardman Academy, the training arm of the Aardman Animations, the British film and TV studio behind “Wallace and Gromit” and “Shaun the Sheep.”

The agreement enables the Christchurch-based university to become the only educational institution in New Zealand to specialize in Aardman’s unique version of stop-motion animation. It has the potential to upend the country’s animation industry.

The Aardman Academy was created at a time when the studio urgently needed more animators to produce “Chicken Run.” Released in 2000, the film went on to become the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time. The Aardman Academy has since trained hundreds of world-class animators, directors, model makers and other specialists.

 

 

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UC Music Lunchtime Concerts Lunchtime concerts are held at 1:10pm every Friday of term at UC Arts at the Arts Centre. Free entry. Term 2 lunchtime concert schedule: April 26th – pianists May 3rd – winds & brass May 10th – composers & other surprises May 17th – strings May 24th – percussion in the Great Hall May 31st – voices

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Last week we had a special time celebrating our newest UC Arts Graduates! The celebrations involved both the Arts Graduation Ceremony on Thursday morning (alongside Product Design), as well as the street parade where we marched through Ōtautahi City Centre, celebrating all the new graduates from across the University. A huge thank you to all […]

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This school holidays the Teece Museum is excited to be part of the Ōtautahi Autumn Holiday Trail. The Autumn Trail is centred around the City Nature Challenge and is filled with fun activities designed to take you on a journey around the city. It is sure to be an exciting way to spend some time […]

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BLUE FLEUR: Airy and Articulate exhibition opening Sandra Bushby & Natalie Guy Opening: 5pm, Wednesday 24 April Artist talk: 12pm, Friday 26 April Bushby and Guy come together as two women artists with an admiration of each other’s work. Their interest in a joint project was spurred by a discussion of the sense of atmosphere […]

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Screen Sound lecturer Hamish Oliver and Camera and Lighting Technician Mark McNeill have been busy in our new edit suites, helping students bring their moving images to life! Animation students have been creating plasticine models and scenes in our Stop Motion studio, based on nursery rhymes, while our Sound Capture students delivered the voice over for each […]

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Patrick O’Sullivan (Classics) gave the following invited public lecture at the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday March 16th: ‘Out of Time: Greek Myth and Art Across the World and Across the Centuries’, Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetū, for the ‘Out of Time’ Exhibition.

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Look who popped in to see us at Digital Screen, co-creator of the award-winning series Kiri & Lou, Antony Elworthy! Antony has kindly loaned some amazing, handcrafted characters from the Kiri and Lou set to be displayed in our cabinets, made right here in Ōtautahi, Christchurch! Our second-year students were also lucky enough to receive […]

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Alex Tan has been awarded a Tūwana award for Christchurch Otuatahi at Te Pae He joins just 10 people who are Tūwana – selected as advocates and champions for the city because of their skills and expertise and work for the development of the city over a sustained period of time – it’s a fantastic […]

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The Arts Digital Lab is pleased to invite applications for the Faculty of Arts Digital Research Seed Fund. We have funding capacity in 2024 to support up to five research projects.  Applications close 8 April 2024.

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Views

Professor Bronwyn Hayward was invited to give the opening key note address to the UNFCCC SB60 Expert Dialogue on the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change on Children and Relevant Policy Solutions , 4 June 2024. This is a specially mandated session for the 60th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Professor Hayward;s contribution was lfilmed and hybrid virtual to the World Conference Centre Bonn , in Germany,  Hayward was asked to review the way Children had been treated in the last 10 years of climate research reports and draw on her own insight from leading research groups at UC for the UK Economic and Social Research Council funded Cycles programme (children and youth in cities life style evaluation) about how children an can be supported to flourish in low carbon ways in cities and insights from the Deep South Project about Indigenous Maori and Pacific children’s leadership and decision making in flooded communities here in Christchurch  with Profs Steven Ratuva and Sacha McMeeking.

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Mike Grimshaw (Sociology): My thoughts on Free Speech and Academic Freedom having attended the Free Speech Union AGM and been on the Academic Freedom panel. Both Free Speech and Academic Freedom are too important to be left to the Left or the Right- or the Liberal Centre – politically. For all positions hold within them […]

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Mike Grimshaw(Sociology) was interviewed by Dom George of REX Rural Exchange radio regarding on-line lectures, the state of the tertiary sector and wider societal issues of the broken social contract. This arose out his widely read article on the tertiary sector  https://plainsight.nz/the-broken-system-and-broken-social-contract-of-tertiary-education-in-new-zealand/ that has been reposted across of number of on-line sites and forums.

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Michael-John Turp published and article in the journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. The paper examines the relationship between meaning in life and morality through the case study of boxing. While sport is often pursued more for reasons of meaning than morality, philosophers have had far less to say about the former. How are the ends of […]

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Mike Grimshaw (Sociology) has a chapter on AI  & ethics in Technology, Users and Uses: Ethics and Human Interaction Through Technology and AI

The chapter is: Not thinking like a young, white, western, secular man: Some ethical questions of whose intelligence and what intelligence is being artificialized?

This chapter takes the form of a thought piece that raises some questions regarding issues of diversity in AI. Its starting point is that while there are myriad academic writings on this issue, most of the wider, educated, interested general public engage with the issues and wider questions of AI from non-academic sources. Therefore, this article, written from an interdisciplinary perspective and reading, engages primarily with these sources to consider how the issues of AI and diversity are presented, encountered and engaged with for such a general public.  The argument proceeds by engaging with two main issues. Not only is there a noted lack of diversity in the tech industry, especially as engaged with by more journalistic sources, there are also ethical questions needing to be raised as to what constitutes the “intelligence” in AI. In this chapter questions of “intelligence” are engaged with from considering primarily non-academic source AI discussions as this is the wider public context for questions of AI. As such, this is a deliberately ‘provocative’ reading and discussion, taking as its basis that we could – or rather need to – say: non-white, non-male, non-western minds matter.

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It’s not often a distinguished professor offers to explain the academic theory of ‘Bullshitology’ to the world, but a public talk at the University of Canterbury offers exactly that, livestreamed and free to attend.  In this upcoming free public lecture – titled Bullshitologically speaking … really? – the University of Canterbury’s Te Amorangi | Pro-Vice-Chancellor Pacific, Distinguished Professor […]

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Ahead of the pink tsunami of Barbie-mania from the new live-action movie, author of Heroines in History: A Thousand Faces, UC History Professor Katie Pickles talks about Barbie’s influence over the years. “This mass-produced plastic doll wasn’t like any of the ragdolls or baby dolls all through history. This one was teaching you how you should look, what body type and what body weight you should be.”

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Extraordinary events in Russia have led to a potential coup that petered out within 24 hours – but it has exposed Putin’s flank in Russia. UC Associate Professor of Russian History Evgeny Pavlov gives context on RNZ about what happened.

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Mass shootings in the United States are depressingly routine. As are the responses, that are generous on thoughts and prayers and miserly on anything meaningful. But the recent shooting in the mall in Allen, Texas, had an unusual element that confounded many.            

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The commitment to truth-telling has been pushed back as the news becomes more politicised in the US, according to UC Professor Donald Matheson. He spoke to 1NewsNZ about recent Fox News events and how it has been pulled further and further to the right as it competes with alternative media outlets.

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Massey university, on behalf of an all universities discussion group on air travel, is circulating this survey to try and gauge how people are feeling about air travel and how limits on air travel might impact different communities and stages of career development.

You might be aware that UC currently doesn’t offset air travel – they are developing a policy, I believe, to encourage staff to make real reductions in the amount we travel in a technical committee Professor Jan Evans-Freeman leads. This survey informs the wider debate for UC and all universities about how we as staff are currently thinking about our air travel. If you have time to fill it in, I know the organisers would appreciate this.

Is academic air travel affecting career development in the post-Covid-19 era? Assessing the impact of perceptions of climate change.’

 

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Events

What’s your type of poetry? Local poet and author Rebecca Nash invites you to explore new and old favourite forms of poetry in this workshop for young writers. Drawing on inspiration from the ancient Greek and Roman objects from the Logie Collection, attendees will be guided to respond and experiment in a variety of poetic styles.

Rebecca Nash is a poet who lives in Lyttelton. She has an MA in Creative Writing from IIML and an MA in Samuel Beckett from the University of Canterbury. Her book for children, Wilbur’s Walk, was published in 2021. She is a mother to two dogs, two cats and a nine year old girl-human.

 UC Teece Museum, 3 Hereford St, CHCH

  • Tues 9 July, 2pm-3.30pm, Cost $5 per person, caregivers freeRecommend for ages 12 years and over.

 Places are limited, so registration is essential. REGISTER HERE!

 

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BOOK LAUNCH Friday 10 May, 6.00–8.00pm LYTTELTON COFFEE COMPANY Celebrate the launch of our new publication… A RECORD COULD BE YOUR WHOLE WORLD Vinyl Records as the Total Artwork of the Late Twentieth Century Bruce Russell & Luke Wood (Eds.) This is a book about records considered ‘in themselves’. It is not about musicians, or […]

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HE Lawrence Meredith, EUD Ambassador to NZ is giving a presentation Date: 30 April Venue: Rutherford 140 Time:  3-4pm. H.E. Mr Lawrence Meredith arrived in New Zealand in January 2024 as the European Union Ambassador. He has built a career in international relations and development cooperation. With a strong foundation in modern languages, holding a […]

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TUESDAY 30 April 1pm-2pm, LOCKE 611 ZOOM:  https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/97052696871  Dmitry Romanenko PhD candidate  Evolution in representations of Ukrainians by New Zealand media: from “Win a Wife” competition to “Desperate, powerless, disoriented, with empty eyes”.

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Sunday 19 May 2024 2.00pm – 3.00pm General Admission $20.00, Concession $10.00. Buy tickets here. Venue: Great Hall Join staff and students from UC Music for a sumptuous afternoon concert featuring beloved works from well-known composers, and the premiere of a student work. The programme will feature Arvo Pärt’s hauntingly poignant work ‘Tabula Rasa’. Pärt’s minimal and evocative writing is […]

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Local pianist Gabriel Baird and talented Dunedin based cellist Boudewijn Keenan will perform works by Schubert and Debussy. Boudewijn Keenan is a student at the University of Otago, studying Music and French. His passion lies with the cello, which he is studying as part of his music degree under Dr Heleen du Plessis. Boudewijn has been […]

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Visiting Canterbury Fellow Aiyun Huang from the University of Toronto, Canada presents a concert with friends featuring recent works for percussion and technology. Aiyun will share new music by New York-based composer Zosha DiCastri, Toronto-based composer Kotoka Suzuki, Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizée, and Oregon-based composer David Bithell, integrating projection, lighting, recorded and live sounds to enhance […]

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Thought Experiment #1: Tītī, Te Pō, + Tūhono Kirsty Dunn + Conor Clarke Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Phillip Carter Family Auditorium) 12:30 – 1:30pm (2pm) Thursday 2 May, 2024 Upcoming Thought Experiments: John Vea + Jani Wilson; Carl Mika + John Chrisstoffels…more soon! Follow us on Instagram @ilamaotahi or email conor.clarke@canterbury.ac.nz to […]

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Coming up these school holidays is a creative writing workshop with NZ author Karen Healey, aimed at young writers. Be inspired by ancient Greek and Roman objects in the Teece Museum and take your writing in new directions by reimagining mythology or mythological figures in contemporary settings. Karen Healey lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. She writes speculative […]

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Coffee and Classics is a regular event at the UC Teece Museum. Each session includes behind-the-scenes peek in the museum, examining and object or two from the collection, and the chance to enjoy a spot of coffee and cake together. This month guest speaker Associate Professor Victor Parker will discuss the Logie Collection coin of […]

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You are invited to a Philosophy department seminar with Drew Khlentzos; ” Semantic Processing and Mental Logic”. When:             Monday 25 March Where:            Puaka James Hight, 388 Poutama Time:              3:00 pm Zoom Invite Link:  https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/6274570421?pwd=dTVreXJLQXFzdVNrTUp0aVpZUzdJUT09&omn=99598259225 Passcode: 627 457 0421 Passcode: 0

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Thinking of applying to the 2024 Arts Digital Research Seed Fund?  Bring your project ideas to this workshop, 10-11 am Wednesday 27 March in Elsie Locke 313, for an opportunity to discuss and further develop your proposal.

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Justin DeHart presents newly commissioned NZ works for solo percussion. Come celebrate the premiere of James Gardner’s epic drumset solo, Traps, that Justin recently recorded for NZ Percussion Music Volume 2 album, due out later this year on Rattle Records. Some other highlights include: Infinite Mind by John Psathas is a two-movement piece for marimba and […]

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