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Humanities and Creative Arts

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.


UC commended in quality audit

24 March 2015 A four-year academic audit report has commended the UC on wide-ranging and effective contributions made by students to the university's planning, reviews and services. (read article)

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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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Cicada survives

New Cinema Studies Course

Creative Writing for Screen: The objective of the course is to combine the development of students' creative writing with the practical skills and dramaturgic techniques of writing for film.

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‘Quite simply, my degree taught me how to think...’

Tari White MA in Political Science
Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
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Announcements and Events

Art History

Barbara Garrie was Speaker of the Month at the meeting of the Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Wednesday 28 January. Her presentation discussed a selection of artists’ books from the gallery’s collections.

Cinema StudiesSam Neill meeting CINE students

Sam Neill, the famous New Zealand movie star and UC alumnus, visited a rapt CINE101 class on Wednesday. He spoke about his role in The Piano, his experience as a film actor, his early career and the important contribution that film has made to New Zealand culture. The students asked excellent questions and responded enthusiastically to his advice. He affirmed that the Arts and Humanities helped students to “learn how to think for themselves” and supported them wholeheartedly in their choice of film as a subject for their degree. Many selfies were taken, and fluffy dinosaurs were signed. Sam Neill then joined students and staff at the HACA lunch and spoke briefly once more.


The James Logie Memorial Collection at the University of Canterbury contains some of the finest classical antiquities in New Zealand. The Logie is developing a Collection Management Policy, which sets out the professional expectations and standards for managing and safeguarding the Collection. Feedback on the draft is now invited and the policy may be viewed on the COA intranet page. Written submissions may be sent to the Curators Terri Elder or Penny Minchin Garvin by 6th April 2015. See our webpages for more information on the Logie Collection.

Digital Humanities

UC Digital Humanities is pleased to advise that the lectures for DIGI 401: Digital Methods, 2015, will be open to all-comers. The course provides an overview of digital tools and methods applicable to all arts, humanities, and social science disciplines. We’re conscious many students, and staff, might like to attend a few lectures on specific topics of interest. Please contact James Smithies if you plan on arriving with a sizeable group.
The course is co-taught by staff based in the UC Digital Humanities Programme, UC Computer Science and Software Engineering, UC CEISMIC Digital Archive, UC Geography, and Catalyst IT. The course outline can be found online.


Jane Buckingham, History, has been invited to K.U. Leuven, Belgium, to present the keynote address  for the annual Leuven Disability Film festival (DFF), meet students and researchers and to participate in the one day research colloquium ‘Histories of Leprosy and colonial Hygiene’ (10 March).  The public lecture ‘Disabling Disease: challenging the stigma of leprosy disability in the colonial South Pacific’ will open the film festival on 9 March.

Fine Arts

Olivia Spencer Bower awardee Emma Fitts ‘Fit-out for Olivia Spencer Bower’. Exhibition runs till 19 March.

Fit-out for Olivia Spencer Bower presents a series of fabric walls and textures, hung from the existing architecture of the gallery. As an exhibition informed both by the design of 15a Leinster Ave and the Ilam School of Fine Arts Gallery, it sits alongside a series of projects that Fitts participated in throughout 2014. Exhibiting works that Fitts made for 74 Heaton St with Kirstin Carlin and her collaborative work as Victor & Hester with Amelia Bywater (a project established in 2010 that takes its shape from concerns with language, sociability and working processes) alongside new individual works, Fit-out for Olivia Spencer Bower addresses not only the material work of an artist but also the discourse and collective influences surrounding its construction; an exhibition to be viewed as a resting point within an ongoing series rather than a static unchanging form.


Associate Professor Annie Potts and research student Donelle Gadenne (of the Department of English and the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies) were profiled in the weekend Press (Saturday February 28) about their new book, Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes (Canterbury University Press, 2014).

Lecture: Henrietta Mondry (English and European Studies, UC): “Human-Animal Impersonation Acts – or, The Artist as Dog” 11 March 2015, 1-2PM in Karl Popper Rm. 612


Music Head of School Glenda Keam was recently elected to her 9th year as President of the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ), a group of composers and supportive organisations, whose aim is to represent New Zealand’s composition community on matters of national and international importance.

Third Year Composition student Matthew Everingham has left for London after he was recently commissioned by SoM Alumnus Jeremy Woodside - current Westminster Abbey Organ Scholar, to compose an organ work to commemorate the February 2011 Earthquake. The piece, entitled: ‘Fractures: In Memoriam’ , is going to be performed by Jeremy at Westminster Abbey on February 22nd. Journalist Diana Vezich interviewed Matthew and Glenda in the School of Music’s recital room for Sunday Evening’s TV One News


Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Jack Copeland

The University of Canterbury’s Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Jack Copeland, has just been named 2016 winner of the Covey Award by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP). The prize will be awarded next year in a ceremony at the IACAP conference to be held at the University of Ferrara in Italy. By tradition Professor Copeland will deliver a keynote conference speech after the award ceremony. Read the full article here., based at the University of Copenhagen, have uploaded a video of Jack Copeland’s Keynote address at the Arthur Prior Centenary Conference on Youtube, and Matematicko-fyzikální fakulta, based in Prague, have uploaded a video of Jack Copeland’s presentation on ‘Alan Turing and the Birth of Computer’.

Jakub Złotowski, Diane Proudfoot, Kumar Yogeeswaran, and Christoph Bartneck recently had their article, “Anthropomorphism: Opportunities and Challenges in Human–Robot Interaction”, published in the International Journal of Social Robotics.