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Art History and Theory, Classics, Cinema Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Fine Arts, History, Music and Philosophy. Here you will find some links to useful resources and information.


NZ's first Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduates

18 December 2015 New Zealand's first Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduate has crossed the stage at the University of Canterbury graduation ceremony. (read article)

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Video Interviews

Staff and students talk about their research in the Humanities.

James Logie Memorial Collection.

The James Logie Memorial Collection is one of the finest teaching collections of Greek and Roman antiquities to be found in the Southern Hemisphere.

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‘Doing a double degree in Arts and Law is a great combination as it provides a lot of variety...’

Ryan Keen Studying towards a BA in English and History
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Announcements and Events

Once Upon A Time In The West Bank: Film Screening

15 February 2016 02:00PM until 15 February 2016 03:30PM

'Squatch': Olivia Spencer Bower Awardee Jacquelyn Greenbank

23 February 2016 05:00PM until 23 March 2016 05:00PM

Discussion Group - Gendering Discussion @ UC

10 March 2016 01:00PM until 10 March 2016 02:00PM

New UC Film Lecturer Steve Carr Profiled by Christchurch Press

9 February 2016: On February 3rd, The Christchurch Press featured our new Film lecturer Steve Carr talking about his playful films and video installations. Read more...

Welcome for New Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence Philip Braithwaite

9 February 2016: On February 1st, the English Department held a morning tea to welcome Philip Braithwaite, our new Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence for the next six months. Philip Braithwaite is a writer of plays, essays and short stories. Read more...

Erin Harrington Presents Paper at Food/Love/God

4 February 2016: Dr Erin Harrington was invited to present a paper at the ‘Food / Love / God’ popular culture symposium, which was hosted by the Popular Culture Research Centre at the Auckland University of Technology. Read more...

Diane Proudfoot Lectures at IAS in Israel

11th December 2015: Diane Proudfoot gave a lecture, ‘What Turing Would Have Said To Lovelace’, at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies on December 10th. Read more...

History Awards a Success

11th December 2015: On Monday 7 December the History department held their annual awards ceremony on campus at the Foundry with Classics participating for the first time to present their own student awards, the Alabaster Prize and L G Pocock Memorial Prize in Ancient History. Read more...

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman Guest at International Poetry Festival in Nicaragua

11th December 2015: Adjunct Senior Fellow in English and Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator Dr Jeffrey Paparoa Holman has been honoured as the New Zealand guest poet at the International Poetry Festival in Nicaragua in February 2016. The Festival, running since 2004 invites poets worldwide to take part in a week of readings and celebrations in the historic 16th century city of Granada. Read more...

UC Arts Graduate Directs Music for The First Quarter

4th December 2015: Arts graduate Nicola Hew is the Musical Director for Riccarton Players’ The First Quarter, a montage of songs from musicals such as Oliver, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Blood Brothers and many more. Read more...

Copeland Invited by Science Oxford to Speak

4th December 2015: Jack Copeland has been invited to give a public lecture in Oxford next January by Science Oxford. Read more...

Dr Robert Nicole: Visiting Scholar at UC History

4th December 2015: Dr Robert Nicole is senior lecturer in Politics at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He is an inter-disciplinary scholar with an academic background in literature, history, and politics. Read more...

Article on Expert Witnesses Published

4th December 2015: Heather Wolffram’s article “God Save Us From Psychologists as Expert Witnesses”: The Battle for Forensic Psychology in Early Twentieth-Century Germany, has been published. Read more...

Wiles Talks About Boyhood to Psychiatrists

4th December 2015: Mary Wiles, Senior Lecturer in the Cinema Studies Department gave a paper entitled, "Coming of Age in Richard Linklater's Boyhood," at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry that was held in San Antonio, Texas on 26-31 November. Read more...

Olivia Spencer Bower Biography Published by Former UC Art Historian

1st December 2015: The first ever biography of artist and alumna Olivia Spencer Bower will be launched at the UC School of Fine Arts next Wednesday. Published by the Canterbury University Press and written by art historian Julie King, 'Olivia Spencer Bower: Making Her Own Discoveries’ celebrates the life and legacy of this important New Zealand artist. Read more...

UC Academics Edit Ethnoelephantology Anthology

27 November 2015: Dr Piers Locke (Sociology and Anthropology) and Dr Jane Buckingham (History) have just signed a contract with Oxford University Press to publish an edited volume titled “Conflict, Negotiation, Coexistence: Human-Elephant Relations in South Asia”. Read more...

NZ History Association Conference

27 November 2015: From 2-4 December we are hosting the biennial New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) conference. The theme is 'History: Making a Difference'. Read more...

Jack Copeland Delivers Keynote at Mathematics Conference in Copenhagen

20 November 2015: Jack Copeland spent last week as guest of the Mathematics Department at Copenhagen University. On Tuesday he delivered a Mathematics Research Colloquium to an audience of 200, on Wednesday one of the two keynote addresses at the Mod Math conference, to an audience of 180, and on Thursday an invited research lecture at Det Informations-videnskabelige Akademi (The Institute of Information Science). Read more...

Proudfoot and Copeland Deliver Ada Lovelace Lectures in Israel

20 November 2015: Diane Proudfoot and Jack Copeland are organizing The Ada Lovelace Bicentennial Lectures On Computability at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies. Read more...

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

20 November 2015: The School of Language, Social and Political Sciences will be hosting the 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Conference from 29 Nov 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. Read more...

PhD Student Invited to Speak at Massey University

06 November 2015: Philosophy PhD student Fiona Dalzell was an invited speaker at Massey University in October, taking part in an expert panel discussing animal welfare and ethics. Read more...

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