School of Language,
Social and Political Sciences

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Our School encompasses the disciplines of: Anthropology, Diplomacy and International Relations, European and Europeon Union Studies, Global, Cultural and Language Studies, Human Services, International Law and Politics, Journalism, Linguistics, Media and Communication, Political Science, Social Work and Sociology. Here you will find some links to useful resources and information.

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Announcements and Events

Postgraduate Brown Bag Presentations

Postgraduate Brown Bag Presentations - Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Psyc 311, Common Room

Anthropology

June

Associate Professor Aditya Malik (Anthropology), currently Fellow, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Study, Erfurt (Germany), and former Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, Antje Linkenbach (also currently Fellow, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Study, Erfurt) are organizing an international conference on: Realizing Justice? Encountering Normative Justice and the Realities of (In)Justice in South Asia between 11-13 June (flyer and programme). The participants and session chairs are from USA, Europe, India and New Zealand with disciplinary backgrounds in Intellectual History, Law, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Art History, Sanskrit, Social Philosophy and South Asian Studies including the History of Indian Religions. The conference has received funding worth approximately 19,000 Euros from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the Max Weber Center, and the University of Erfurt. The theme of the conference draws inspiration from Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s work on The Idea of Justice (2009).   Although Prof. Sen is unable to attend the conference because of a busy schedule, he has recently conveyed his interest in the questions being asked at the conference and the outcome of the discussion.

The School of Language, Social, and Political Sciences would like to extend a warm welcome to Canterbury staff and students to attend the next instalment of our monthly symposium series, Talking Texts: A Pretext for Interdisciplinary Conversation, on Thursday May 15 (Fine Arts, Block One, “Red Room”, 3:15-5:15pm).

These symposia aim to foster a gregarious intellectual space within which to share the ideas and inquiries that interest us most, and to discover the unexpected intersections between them. Each month, speakers from across a range of disciplines are invited to share a short presentation about the work that compels them, followed by discussion among all present of the themes and questions which emerge from each speaker's comments and from their juxtaposition. These topics are united loosely by a concern with "texts", both on the page and otherwise, both as objects of inquiry and as media of communication. Staff and students equally are encouraged to be part of the conversation. And, of course, refreshments will be provided.

This month's featured speakers and themes will include:

  • Dr Bill de Friez (Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, NZ), who will be discussing and screening clips from his film, currently in production, about dogs in Thailand.
  • Dr Piers Locke (Anthropology, University of Canterbury, NZ), who will be discussing and screening his ethnographic film, Servants of Ganesh: Inside the Elephant Stable, about traditional elephant handlers in Chitwan National Park, India

On Friday May 2 Piers Locke gave a talk for The Department of Anthropology seminar series, University of Otago. He will be giving a presentation titled: "Interspecies Intersections: Ethnoprimatology and Ethnoelephantology".

A human-animal themed issue of the journal Environment and Society: Advances in Research has just been published, featuring an article by Piers Locke (Anthropology). Titled 'Explorations in Ethnoelephantology: Social, Historical, and Ecological Intersections Between Asian Elephants and Humans', it traces the emergence of a new approach to the study of humans-elephant interrelations that integrates methodological perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Exploring the ways in which human and elephant lives and landscapes are socially, historically, and ecologically entangled, it reviews latest research in anthropology, geography, and history.

Patrick McAllister’s research on the lunar new year in Vietnam is the subject of two recent articles in Tuoi Tre, Vietnam’s largest circulation national daily newspaper. See: http://tuoitre.vn/tet-2014/590828/giao-su-patrick-toi-an-tuong-nhat-voi-tap-tuc-cung-xom.html
http://tuoitrenews.vn/features/17155/new-zealand-professor-proves-to-be-tet-enthusiast

March

Aditya Malik has been invited to participate in an international conference on "The relevance of traditional cultures for the present and the future" organised by the India International Centre-Asia Project in New Delhi from 24-26 March. The purpose of the conference is to "bring together intellectuals from different countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America who have reflected and will reflect on the fundamental questions whether the long civilisational histories of these countries, with their rich and varied knowledge systems and cultural traditions, have a meaningful and significant role to play in the contemporary world and certainly the world of the future." Conferences participants include academics, thinkers, writers and social activists from Brazil, Mexico, Benin, Ghana, Egypt, Greece, U.K., Russia, Austria, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, China and other countries. Aditya's presentation is entitled: "Articulations of Being: Reflections on the crisis of modern civilisation." 

Aditya Malik gave a guest lecture at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Goettingen on 5 February, titled “Petitions to Goludev: Notes on Intimacy, Truth and Justice in Uttarakhand”

Terralingua Organization's semi-annual magazine - Anthropology PhD student Kierin Mackenzie has guest edited the latest issue of the Terralingua Organization's semi-annual magazine Langscape, which aims to promote a paradigm shift by educating minds and hearts about the importance and value of biocultural diversity for global sustainability through scientific and cultural knowledge. The theme of this issue in the Emerging Paradigms series is Weaving Innovation and Tradition.

Piers Locke gave a presentation to the Human Geography Seminar Series in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh on February 20. The title of his presentation was 'Ethnoelephantology and The Multispecies Turn: New Approaches to Human-Elephant Relations'.

Patrick McAllister’s research in Vietnam was the subject of a major news story in the country’s highest circulation national newspaper, Tuoi Tre, on 7 Februay. See http://tuoitre.vn/tet-2014/590828/giao-su-patrick-toi-an-tuong-nhat-voi-tap-tuc-cung-xom.html
and http://tuoitrenews.vn/features/17155/new-zealand-professor-proves-to-be-tet-enthusiast

Environment and Society: Advances in Research - A human-animal themed issue of the journal Environment and Society: Advances in Research has just been published, featuring an article by Piers Locke. Titled 'Explorations in Ethnoelephantology: Social, Historical, and Ecological Intersections Between Asian Elephants and Humans', it traces the emergence of a new approach to the study of humans-elephant interrelations that integrates methodological perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Exploring the ways in which human and elephant lives and landscapes are socially, historically, and ecologically entangled, it reviews latest research in anthropology, geography, and history.

Global, Cultural & Language Studies

Training Course on Spanish Language and Cinema - The Spanish Programme of the University of Canterbury, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education of Spain and the Department of Spanish of the University of Auckland, held a two session-workshop on Spanish language and cinema for teachers of Spanish on 9th and 10th of May. This project involved the training of school teachers of Spanish in the South Island in the use of cinema as a pedagogical tool in the classroom.

Professors José Colmeiro and Kathryn Lehman from the Spanish Department of the University of Auckland shared their knowledge on film techniques, critical vocabulary and cultural aspects of cinema in Spanish with Spanish teachers from the University of Canterbury and other schools.It was a very successful event where all the participants acquired new pedagogical tools to develop students’ linguistic ability and communication skills in Spanish, and to enhance their cultural awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures around the world.

 

On the 9th of May the National Centre for Research on Europe, together with the European Union Centres Network, Alliance Francaise and Instituto Cervantes hosted Europe day celebrations at the University of Canterbury. The event aimed to celebrate a range of European cultures and traditions. This celebration included classical European music played by the chamber orchestra, Resonance Ensemble and flamenco dancing. Guests were treated to Spanish tapas, French cheese and New Zealand wine and had the chance to win prizes from the Instituto Cervantes and the German division of International Languages Exchanges and Pathways.

During the celebration of Europe Day on 9th May, Nurul Murni MD Saleh, an intern student from Malaysia for the NCRE at the University of Canterbury, won a 60-hour Spanish online course


donated by the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney. The Instituto Cervantes is Spain’s official language and culture organisation, created in 1991 and dedicated to the promotion and teaching of Spanish and the vibrant culture it carries around the world. In Sydney, the Instituto Cervantes was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain in 2009.

The National Centre for Research on Europe Hosts Interns from Malaysia - The NCRE is happy to welcome ten interns from Malaysia.  The interns are based at the Centre for two months, and will split their internship between working on their Masters theses and completing a practical internship under the supervision of Centre staff.  The interns will interact with the NCRE community, attending seminars and lectures, as well as participating in the EUCN Graduate Weekend School. 

NCRE Director Martin Holland was a speaker at the "Europe Day" event held in the NZ Parliament's Old Legislative Chamber on 7th May. This annual event sponsored by the NZ European Centres Network was attended by 135 guests, including MPs, ambassadors, officials and VUW students.

On April 26th Rachel Payne was invited as guest speaker, along with Masato Mizuno, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, to the Japanese Rotary Club Annual Yoneyama Commemorative Symposium at its HQ in Mishima. The theme of the presentations, in Japanese, was 'How can the 2020 Tokyo Olympics contribute to Japanese internationalization?'

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban led and presented in a stakeholder public event "Perceptions and Misperceptions: The EU and BRICS. Dialogue on Energy" at University of Pretoria, South Africa, on April 25. The event featured research report of an international team led by Dr Chaban to the members of diplomatic community, civil society, government and academia. The research project "Energy Global Governance: The EU and BRICS, images and perceptions", led by Dr Chaban in cooperation with TU Darmstadt (Germany), University of Victoria (Canada), University of Leicester (UK) and University of Pretoria (South Africa), is  supported by Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

Students and staff are invited to a celebration of Europe Day on the UC campus on Friday, May 9 from 12-2, an event hosted by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE). Held at NZi3, this event will feature the performance of the "Resonance" Ensemble -- a newly created symphonic orchestra; stalls by cultural institutes -- Goethe Institute, Cervantes and Alliance Française; and flamenco dancing. The event was followed by reception.

March

NZ European Union Centres Network opens call for applications to attend a two day Post-Graduate Weekend School in Kaikoura on May 9-11, 2014.  All PG students who study EU/Europe related topics are welcome!  EUCN Graduate Weekend School - Registrations are now open for the 2014 EUCN Graduate Weekend School – to be held on May 9-11 at the UC Field Station in Kaikoura!  The aims of the weekend are to highlight areas of interest for postgraduate students, create a network of expertise for early career researchers and to set up a “region of knowledge” on the European Union.

Get away from the everyday stresses of your studies, come along and:
• Hear presentations by other students
• Practice presenting
• Receive valuable, constructive feedback from others in the field
• Attend workshops on research and study tools, publishing and presenting, and other academic skills
• Network with other students and leading academics

The Programme will consist of skills workshops, presentations and group activities.
Students will need to prepare a paper for presentation and discussion.  Earlybird registrations close Monday 24th March with final registrations on Sunday 30th March. There are limited places and early registrations will be given priority.    For more details please see: http://goo.gl/fikgmG  or email your registration or queries to rebecca.morgan@canterbury.ac.nz.

EU Center - On April 28/29, NCRE Director, Martin Holland, was a keynote speaker at the launch of the new EU Center at Korea University, Seoul, as well as gave two lectures in the Graduate School of International Studies at the University.

Dr Milenko Petrovic, Lecturer at the GCLS and researcher at the NCRE, is a participant of the KEENZ-IRSES exchange programme and on April 5 - May 3 he is visiting Lund, Sweden, and Belgrade, Serbia, to work on his research project “A United or Partly United Europe? Will the Western Balkans ever Join?”

NCRE Director Martin Holland presented a joint paper on 3- 4 April (with NCRE colleagues Assoc. Prof. Natalia Chaban and Dr. Lai Suetyi) ‘The Evolution of EU Perceptions in China 2006-2011” at the Mass Communication and EU-China Relations conference hosted by the College of Europe, Brugges.

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban is organising and leading a final research workshop to be held 21-26 April in University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she meets with her international research team from eight countries working on the research project “External Images of the EU: International perceptions of the EU as a normative energy actor (views from BRICS vis-a-fiv EU ‘Big 3)” supported by European Commission, Jean Monnet Programme of DG-Education and Culture.

Global, Cultural & Language Studies - On Wednesday 19th March, Mr Aoyama, the retiring Japanese Consul in Christchurch, visited the University to present the Consular Prize for Excellence in Japanese to this year’s recipient, Kylie Ang.  The Consul also presented UC Excellence in Japanese Prizes to Andrew Kuang and Alice Onland.  The other Excellence Prize recipient, Christie Hsu, was unable to attend the ceremony.

Comments for New Zealand and policy-makers and civil society on the on-going crisis in Ukraine - Associate Professor Natalia Chaban has been invited by NZ policy-makers to reflect and analyse current situation in Ukraine in the panel "Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine: Should New Zealand be Worried?", NZ Parliament, Wellington   (Thursday, 20 March 2014, 6.00-7.30pm). She is also presenting a seminar "Ukraine: Where the heart of Europe beats?" at the 4th meeting of the New Zealand Institute of  International Affairs (NZIIA) (Christchurch branch) on Tuesday, March 25 2014 at 5pm (Logie 104 “Virtual Europe” room).

Global, Cultural & Language Studies - On Wednesday 19th March, Mr Aoyama, the retiring Japanese Consul in Christchurch, visited the University to present the Consular Prize for Excellence in Japanese to this year’s recipient, Kylie Ang.  The Consul also presented UC Excellence in Japanese Prizes to Andrew Kuang and Alice Onland.  The other Excellence Prize recipient, Christie Hsu, was unable to attend the ceremony.

NCRE Roundtable Seminars: open to all students, staff and wider public.
Prof. Alison Firth, Visiting Professor from  Newcastle University, an KEENZ exchange visitor to the University of Canterbury will present "European norms in transit: Trade mark norms, TTIP uncertainties and the relevance of TPP” (March 21, 2-3pm, Logie 104 “Virtual Europe” room”)  
Pablo Mateu García, Education adviser, Education Office, Embassy of Spain, presented on March 14 an NCRE Roundtable Seminar where he talked about “Language and Culture Assistants Programme” -- an initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Education devoted to providing scholarships for New Zealand university students (majoring in any subject) and graduates to come to Spain.  For more information, please contact the Head of Spanish Programme, Dr William Cheng or Head of European and EU Studies, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban.

NCRE leads the 4th Asia-Pacific EU Centres Workshop,  13-14 February 2014, Wellington
Professor Martin Holland, Director of the NCRE, hosted the 4th Asia-Pacific EU Centres workshop 13‑14 February 2014 in Wellington. Addressing the workshop theme, “What can the EU learn from Asian regionalism?”, 30 EU academics drawn from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand participated in the event.”

Japan Day -On Sunday 23rd February the annual Japan Day was held at Riccarton Racecourse.  Alongside stalls selling Japanese food and drinks, performances of traditional and modern sports, dance and music, and a rich varietyof other Japanese cultural activities, the UC was represented by a booth that was organised and manned by past and present students from the Japanese Programme.Mayor Lianne Dalziel visited the booth and took part in the UC’s chopstick skills challenge.

 

 

 

NCRE trains Asian and European diplomats together with Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and  DIPLO Foundation (Switzerland) - Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, Jean Monnet Chair and the Co-head of the E&EUS  within GCLS, and Professor Martin Holland, Director of the NCRE, collaborate with Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF, Singapore) and  DIPLO Foundation (Switzerland) leading the course for Asian and European diplomats on public diplomacy in which they utilise research  findings of the transnational research projects “The EU in the Eyes of Asia Pacific” (22 countries) and “Asia in the Eyes of Europe” (8 countries) led by Natalia and Martin for a decade.  Two face-to-face workshops (in Geneva and Singapore) and two online courses will be run in 2014 linking academia with international relations practitioners. The initiative is supported by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ASEF.

NCRE hosts international visitors
Visitors are on research exchanges at the NCRE: Professor Jan Orbie from Ghent University, Belgium, from the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Centre for EU Studies. He teaches Theories of European Integration, EU External Policies, and EU Trade Policies (Jean Monnet Module) in the Master EU Studies programme. His research focuses on the ‘soft’ (trade, development, social, democracy promotion) dimensions of EU external relations and on the EU’s role as a normative power. Dr May-Britt U. Stumbaum heads the NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU" (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) that analyses Asian views of the EU as a security actor in an interpolar world. She is a co-founder and former president of Women in International Security Deutschland (WIIS) and a reserve Captain of the German Air force. Her research focus is on EU-Asia and security policy.  

Interviews with NZ media
Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, Jean Monnet Chair and the Co-head of the E&EUS within GCLS, provided the next set of commentaries to NZ news media (Radio NZ and TVNZ “Seven Sharp”) analysing situation in Ukraine.

GANZ - Vera Leier and Susanne Ledanff went to the meeting of the representatives of GANZ (German teachers and lecturers in NZ) and the Network Deutsch meeting of the German Embassy on 1-2 March in Wellington. Here is a picture with the German ambassador Dr. Schleich.

NZ European Union Centres Network - Opens call for applications to attend a two day Post-Graduate Weekend School in Kaikoura on May 9-11, 2014.  All PG students who study EU/Europe related topics are welcome!  EUCN Graduate Weekend School - Registrations are now open for the 2014 EUCN Graduate Weekend School – to be held on May 9-11 at the UC Field Station in Kaikoura!  The aims of the weekend are to highlight areas of interest for postgraduate students, create a network of expertise for early career researchers and to set up a “region of knowledge” on the European Union.

Get away from the everyday stresses of your studies, come along and:
• Hear presentations by other students
• Practice presenting
• Receive valuable, constructive feedback from others in the field
• Attend workshops on research and study tools, publishing and presenting, and other academic skills
• Network with other students and leading academics

The Programme will consist of skills workshops, presentations and group activities.
Students will need to prepare a paper for presentation and discussion.    Earlybird registrations close Monday 24th March with final registrations on Sunday 30th March. There are limited places and early registrations will be given priority.    For more details please see: http://goo.gl/fikgmG  or email your registration or queries to rebecca.morgan@canterbury.ac.nz.

KEENZ-IRSES Exchange Programme - Global, Cultural & Language Studies - Dr Milenko Petrovic, Lecturer at the GCLS and researcher at the NCRE, is a participant of the KEENZ-IRSES exchange programme and on April 5 - May 3 he is visiting Lund, Sweden, and Belgrade, Serbia, to work on his research project “A United or Partly United Europe? Will the Western Balkans ever Join?”

EU Centres Asia-Pacific - NCRE Director Martin Holland presented at the EU Centres Asia-Pacific meeting on “Public Diplomacy” held on 21-22 March hosted by the EU centre, Singapore.

Trans-Tasman EU Centre - NCRE Director Martin Holland participated in the Trans-Tasman EU Centres meeting held on 31 March, hosted by the ANU’s EU Centre, Canberra.

Mass Communication and EU-China Relations conference - NCRE Director Martin Holland presented a joint paper on 3- 4 April (with NCRE colleagues Assoc. Prof. Natalia Chaban and Dr. Lai Suetyi) ‘The Evolution of EU Perceptions in China 2006-2011” at the Mass Communication and EU-China Relations conference hosted by the College of Europe, Brugges.

Research Workshop - Associate Professor Natalia Chaban is organising and leading a final research workshop to be held 21-26 April in University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she meets with her international research team from eight countries working on the research project “External Images of the EU: International perceptions of the EU as a normative energy actor (views from BRICS vis-a-fiv EU ‘Big 3)” supported by European Commission, Jean Monnet Programme of DG-Education and Culture.

Comments for New Zealand and policy-makers and civil society on the on-going crisis in Ukraine

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban has been invited by NZ policy-makers and Diploshere (www.diplosphere.org) to reflect and analyse current situation in Ukraine in the panel "Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine: Should New Zealand be Worried?", "organised by Diplosphere at the NZ Parliament, Wellington   (Thursday, 20 March 2014, 6.00-7.30pm). She is also presenting a seminar "Ukraine: Where the heart of Europe beats?" at the 4th meeting of the New Zealand Institute of  International Affairs (NZIIA) (Christchurch branch) on Tuesday, March 25 2014 at 5pm (Logie 104 “Virtual Europe” room).

NCRE Roundtable Seminars: open to all students, staff and wider public.

Prof. Alison Firth, Visiting Professor from  Newcastle University, an KEENZ exchange visitor to the University of Canterbury will present "European norms in transit: Trade mark norms, TTIP uncertainties and the relevance of TPP” (March 21, 2-3pm, Logie 104 “Virtual Europe” room”)  
Pablo Mateu García, Education adviser, Education Office, Embassy of Spain, presented on March 14 an NCRE Roundtable Seminar where he talked about “Language and Culture Assistants Programme” -- an initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Education devoted to providing scholarships for New Zealand university students (majoring in any subject) and graduates to come to Spain.  For more information, please contact the Head of Spanish Programme, Dr William Cheng or Head of European and EU Studies, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban.

NCRE leads the 4th Asia-Pacific EU Centres Workshop,  13-14 February 2014, Wellington - Professor Martin Holland, Director of the NCRE, hosted the 4th Asia-Pacific EU Centres workshop 13‑14 February 2014 in Wellington. Addressing the workshop theme, “What can the EU learn from Asian regionalism?”, 30 EU academics drawn from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand participated in the event.”

NCRE trains Asian and European diplomats together with Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and  DIPLO Foundation (Switzerland) - Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, Jean Monnet Chair and the Co-head of the E&EUS  within GCLS, and Professor Martin Holland, Director of the NCRE, collaborate with Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF, Singapore) and  DIPLO Foundation (Switzerland) leading the course for Asian and European diplomats on public diplomacy in which they utilise research  findings of the transnational research projects “The EU in the Eyes of Asia Pacific” (22 countries) and “Asia in the Eyes of Europe” (8 countries) led by Natalia and Martin for a decade.  Two face-to-face workshops (in Geneva and Singapore) and two online courses will be run in 2014 linking academia with international relations practitioners. The initiative is supported by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ASEF.

NCRE hosts international visitors - Visitors are on research exchanges at the NCRE: Professor Jan Orbie from Ghent University, Belgium, from the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Centre for EU Studies. He teaches Theories of European Integration, EU External Policies, and EU Trade Policies (Jean Monnet Module) in the Master EU Studies programme. His research focuses on the ‘soft’ (trade, development, social, democracy promotion) dimensions of EU external relations and on the EU’s role as a normative power. Dr May-Britt U. Stumbaum heads the NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU" (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) that analyses Asian views of the EU as a security actor in an interpolar world. She is a co-founder and former president of Women in International Security Deutschland (WIIS) and a reserve Captain of the German Air force. Her research focus is on EU-Asia and security policy.  

Interviews with NZ media - Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, Jean Monnet Chair and the Co-head of the E&EUS within GCLS, provided the next set of commentaries to NZ news media (Radio NZ and TVNZ “Seven Sharp”) analysing situation in Ukraine.

NCRE Weekly Research Seminars are open for the broad public (All in “Virtual Europe Room” room, Logie 104) - Sir Michael Leigh of German Marshall Dund will talk about “The 2014 European Parliament elections and the implications for the future of EU policy” (March 13, 2-3pm). Pablo Mateu García, Education adviser, Education Office, Embassy of Spain, will talk about “Language and Culture Assistants Programme” (March 14, 2-3pm) Dr. May-Britt U. Stumbaum, Head, NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU", Freie Universität Berlin will talk about "Dealing with Non-traditional Security Threats - Avenues for cooperation and norm diffusion in EU - Asia Pacific security relations"(March 14, 2-3pm)

GANZGANZ - Vera Leier and Susanne Ledanff went to the meeting of the representatives of GANZ (German teachers and lecturers in NZ) and the Network Deutsch meeting of the German Embassy on 1-2 March in Wellington. Here is a picture with the German ambassador Dr. Schleich.

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban comments on situation in Ukraine on national media

The latest dramatic developments in Ukraine are closely watched by New Zealand.  Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, a anitve of Ukraine and a scholar of European Union studies, has been commenting on the situation in Ukraine on national media: TVNZ Seven Sharp, Newztalk ZB, Radio NZ.

Y20 Summit

EURO MA student Henrietta McNeill has been selected as one of two New Zealand representatives to negotiate at the Y20 Summit in Sydney in July, part of the G20 International Leader's Summit, alongside 132 young people from all around the world. New Zealand is a guest nation at the G20 this year so it is an honour to be able to go. The EU is part of the G20. Topics on the agenda will be economic growth and job creation, global citizenship, and sustainable development. The negotiations that take place will be put into a report which the Prime Minister will take to the G20 Leader's Summit in November.  Henrietta was interviewed by Newstalk ZB as well as by the Southland Times about this achievement.

Internship in European Parliament in Brussels - EURO MAs students Berengere Greenland and James Comery were chosen by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and NZ European Union Centers Network to undertake a fully funded three-month internship in European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014.This internship is a flagship project of the NZ European Union Centers Network led by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), affiliated with the Department of the Global Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union studies. The students, selected on a highly competitive basis, will work with Members of European Parliament and use their experience on the ground to advance their research agenda on European integration and develop unique skills and networks instrumental for their future careers.  MPE internship is  a New Zealand public diplomacy initiative towards the European Union.

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Test - We would like to congratulate three UC students of Japanese who passed their intended levels of The Japan Kanji Aptitude Test, held at UC on 9th November 2013.

Christie Hsu (level 6)
Toby Birkbeck-Jones (level 9)
Daniel Watson (level10)

This test was originally developed for native Japanese speakers to examine their ability not only to read and write Japanese kanji characters, but also to understand their meanings, use them correctly in sentences, and identify their correct stroke order. It was wonderful that these UC students, none of whom are native speakers, accepted the challenge and achieved their goals! Toby and Daniel attended the award ceremony on 24th January 2014.

NZ lures record number of Chinese visitors -  23 May 2013 New Zealand's clean, green image is a key reason why a record number of Chinese tourists are flocking to New Zealand, a UC Chinese language lecturer says.


UC students win scholarships to study in China - 16 October 2012 Three University of Canterbury students have received all-expenses paid scholarships to study in China for a year.

 

Attention all prospective UC students of Intermediate Japanese Language!

Our new course at intermediate level is JAPA215, starting from 2014. This course replaces the previous JAPA153. The course is designed for students who have passed JAPA115 or JAPA116 (previously JAPA142) or equivalent, Bursary Japanese or NCEA Level 3, or who have gained direct entry through a placement test.
Enquiries to Dr Rachel Payne.

College of Arts Honours Scholarships

Applications are now open for the College of Arts Honours Scholarships. If you are considering studying Honours in 2014 make sure you submit an application before the 21st November to be eligible. Information and application form >>

More film making success

JAPA307 students Reece Bassett, Marissa Powell and Fiona Dunton won best comedy at tertiary level in the Video Matsuri Competition (Japan Foundation, Sydney). Their video was entitled "Little New Zealand". Well done!

Multiple success for students of German at the NZ ShortFilmFest

For the second year in a row, our 200-level German language students won 1st prize in the university category. While two of our students' films won 1st prize equal, a third UC film was awarded a special prize, and these three as well as a forth film by yet another of our student groups will all be featured on a "Best-Of" DVD to be produced by the organizers of the film fest (Goethe Institut, German Embassy and ILEP - International Languages Exchanges and Pathways).
Congratulations to all our students, who impressed the judges with their high standard of language skills, their creativity and the great effort that they put into producing these winning films.

The Dolls of Japan ExhibitionThe Dolls of Japan

The Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition Abroad, UC Central Library, 12-30 August 2013

The exhibition was presented by the Japan Foundation, in co-operation with the UC School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, the UC Library and the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch. It was very well received and enjoyed by both the University community and the general public.

 

German Day 2013

UC-Deutschtag 12 August 2013

Over 40 secondary school students of German and their teachers from the Canterbury area attended a German language immersion afternoon, organised by the German programme of the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences and supported by the New Zealand National German Language Adviser, Heike Papenthin, and the Goethe Institut in Wellington.

 

 

Renee JulianDorian LiebertPrestigious Japanese scholarships

Renee Julian (JAPA205) and Dorian Liebert (JAPA153) have been awarded the 2013 Monbukagakusho Japanese Government Undergraduate scholarships. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are able to study at a university in Japan for one year, and the cost for the tuition fee, living allowance and airfares to and from Japan are covered. This is the third year in a row that UC students have been awarded this prestigious scholarship, while there were no recipients in New Zealand in 2010.

Award winners in the Japanese Language Perfect World Championship 2013

We would like to congratulate the following students, who have won awards in the Japanese Language Perfect World Championship 2013:
Paige Newport (JAPA153) Gold Award
Daniel Watson (JAPA115) Silver Award
William Trainor (JAPA115) Bronze Award

H.E. Francis Etienne, French Ambassador, presentingFrench Ambassador visits UC

On Friday 14th June, the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences hosted a seminar by H.E. Francis Etienne, French Ambassador to New Zealand. UC staff and students listened with great interest to the Ambassador's presentation, which was followed by a lively question and answer session. Mr Etienne highlighted the importance of speaking foreign languages. "I think they are essential. We have to
learn other languages not just because it is exotic and fun but it is a necessity if you want to under-stand partners in the political world, in the business world and in the cultural world," he said.
Read more >> Chronicle Vol. 48-3 (PDF, 1.4MB).

 

Journalism

NZ Radio Awards and Canon Media Awards - UC journalism graduates are in line for various gongs at the NZ Radio Awards and Canon Media Awards next month. Finalists include:

Radio

  • Best new broadcaster, journalist - Shelley Nahr
  • Best sports journalist - Katarina Williams

Print

  • Magazine feature writer of the year - Catherine Woulfe
  • Magazine fearture writer, health and education - Catherine Woulfe.
  • Magazine feature writer, business and politics - Rebecca Macfie
  • Magazine fearture writer, science and environment - Rebecca Macfie
  • Junior reporter of the year - Talia Shadwell
  • Regional/Community reporter of the year - Kristin Edge
  • Reporter, crime and Justice - Anna Leask
  • Reporter, science and environment - Gerald Piddock
  • Newspaper community/regional feature writer of the year - Naomi Arnold
  • Newspaper feature writer, arts and entertainment - Charles Anderson
  • Newspaper feature writer, general - Charles Anderson
  • Best Investigation - Steve Deane
  • Best headline - Michael Donaldson
  • Best columnist, humour/satire - Martin van Beynen
  • Student journalist of the year - Katie Kenny 

    Congratulations to all our finalists -- and good luck on the night! You can check out the full nomination lists here: Radio Awards Canon Media Awards

Katie KennyUC journalism student in running for top industry award

Katie Kenny, UC Journalism graduate and Stuff multimedia reporter, is one of three finalists in the Student Journalist of the Year category at this year’s Canon Media Awards. We wish her the best of luck at next month’s award ceremony, and encourage you to check out some of her work on her blog [http://katiekenny.wordpress.com/]

100% employment for UC journalism graduates

class 2013UC’s 2013 journalism graduates are now all in newsrooms -- and tutors are turning away editors who are still looking for reporters. A majority of the 18-strong class had job offers before they’d even finished their study and now all of them are working in industry, debunking the myth that reporting jobs are hard to find. UC graduates have won top jobs at news media around the country, landing reporting positions at the New Zealand Herald, The Press, TV3, Radio NZ, RadioLIVE, NewstalkZB, CTV, The Star, Stuff.co.nz and various Fairfax community papers. We look forward to seeing their regular bylines and hearing them over the airwaves, and wish them all the best in their new careers.

UC Journalism students in Jakarta

2013 journalism graduates Fiona Thomas and Kate Davidson are currently in Jakarta for the annual ACICIS Journalism Professional Practicum. They’ve spent several weeks studying Indonesian language at Atma Jaya University and attending a series of professional seminars with students from top Australian journalism schools, and are now out on their industry placements with ACICIS partners, which include the ABC, Agence France Presse, Reuters, The Jakarta Globe, The Jakarta Post and Metro TV. You can read Fiona’s blog report here: From Tourist to Trainee. Fiona and Kate are in Jakarta on Asia NZ scholarships. You can find out more about Asia NZ’s internships and the ACICIS programme – as well as former UC journalism student Talia Shadwell’s 2012 internship – here: Field notes, Jakarta

The Science Media Centre invites applications for a newly launched Science Journalism Fellowship.

Science Media CentreThe aim of the Fellowship is to promote scientific accuracy and more science-related reporting in the media by encouraging more people with a science background into the news industry. It is for candidates with a science background who are interested in pursuing journalism as a career. Applicants must be successful in applying for a graduate diploma course in journalism at an accredited New Zealand journalism training institution, such as UC. You can find more information about the UC Journalism programme here.

Each Fellowship covers:
- A contribution to University tuition fees to a maximum of $3,000
- A further payment to the value of $2,000 if and when the Fellow secures full-time employment in the New Zealand media.

You can find more information on the Fellowship here.

UC Journalism students win scholarship

Congratulations to Fiona Thomas and Kate Davidson, students in this year's Graduate Diploma in Journalism class. They have won Asia NZ scholarships to attend a six-week professional practicum in Jakarta in January/February. The pair join 19 other students from Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, and Murdoch and Monash universities. Semoga beruntung!

Connecting our Stories

UC journalism student Max Towle, left, and East-side resident John Sykes.UC Journalism students successfully wrapped up their
community journalism project at a publication launch with their interviewees.

The Graduate Diploma of Journalism students have been recording people’s everyday stories about the Canterbury earthquakes and recovery as part of Connecting our Stories, a project aimed at developing new ways for journalists to engage with and report on their communities. Students worked closely with interviewees to co-write stories – revisiting their interviewees to collaborate on story drafts, and submitting final versions only when their interviewees had ticked them off.

Christchurch resident Darryn Ward, left, with his parents Coryl and David Ward.Community participants said they felt honored by the students’ interest in their stories. Some had not spoken about their experiences before. Students said they produced their most meaningful work for the project, and were keen to do more. Several have forged bonds with their interviewees that will extend well beyond the project and the journalism course.

The Connecting our Stories project was developed in partnership with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s community resilience team and had two key aims: to help grassroots communities share stories that might inspire and help others, and connect people through their earthquake experiences; and to work collaboratively with communities to help them tell their own stories. At its heart, it is an attempt to find new forms of community conversation and storytelling. You can read the final stories on the UC Journalism web site The Record.

Anna FifieldUC journalism graduate wins Fellowship to Harvard

A University of Canterbury high-achieving journalism graduate has won a prestigious Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. (read article)

Linguistics

Linguistics PhD student Ksenia Gnevsheva is presenting a paper at the Sociolinguistic Symposium in Finland. The paper is called “Sociolinguistic style and ‘accentedness’ in non-native English speakers”.

Papers from a special issue of ‘English Language and Linguistics’, edited by Lynn Clark, Kevin Watson & Warren Maguire (University of Edinburgh), make up half of the journal’s top 10 ‘most downloaded papers in the last 12 months’. The introduction to the special issue, written by the editors, is the most downloaded article.

300 level Linguistics student Emily Peach has been awarded a scholarship from the NZ Federation of Graduate Women to attend the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis, at the University of Aston, UK.

Kevin Watson (Linguistics) gave an invited paper at the International Conference on Northern British English (12-13 May, Université de Rouen, France), called "Liverpool Dialect Literature: quantitative analysis and phonological salience." The paper was co-authored and presented by Patrick Honeybone (University of Edinburgh).

In March this year, Linguistics launched the first round of a UC Linguistics competition. 
UC Linguistics competition

School students from years 11-13 took part in a competition in schools solving Linguistics problems.  The top 20 students from round 1 were invited to campus on Monday 5th May to take part in round 2.  In the morning, they completed an  ‘Amazing Linguistics Race’ – the students had to find linguistics problems, which were hidden in various parts of the university, and solve them in teams, before getting the clue to the whereabouts of the next puzzle.  In the afternoon, they heard lectures from staff in Linguistics on sociolinguistics, the history of New Zealand English and forensic linguistics.  The winners of the event  - John McLachlan (Papanui High School), Maree Palmer and Alice Beesley (Avonside Girls High School), Rebecca Herman (Hagley Community College) and Samuel Bennett (Linwood High School) – received medals and book tokens.  The winner of the round 1 competition (Rata Ingram, Hagley Community College) also received book tokens.  Lots of fun was had by all.  Some comments from the student evaluation forms include:

  • “Thank you for a fantastic day!  I really enjoyed it and all the lectures were really interesting”
  • “Thank you for an enjoyable day.  I shall be seriously considering taking linguistics next year”
  • “It was a really cool event and I think a lot more people would want to do it after learning about how cool it was this year”

March

Beth Hume has been awarded RSNZ International Mobility Funding for her project “Predicting sounds patterns: A cross-linguistic theory of vowel epenthesis.” The funds will be used to bring Associate Professor Florian Jaeger (Univ. of Rochester, Brain & Cognitive Sciences) to UC to work on the joint research project.

Chapbook - Koenegracht, F. 2014. Selected poems.  Translated by Sarah Hart and Koenraad Kuiper. Lyttleton: Cold Hub Press.

RSNZ International Mobility Funding - Beth Hume has been awarded RSNZ International Mobility Funding for her project “Predicting sounds patterns: A cross-linguistic theory of vowel epenthesis.” The funds will be used to bring Associate Professor Florian Jaeger (Univ. of Rochester, Brain & Cognitive Sciences) to UC to work on the joint research project.

Linguistics MA student Tim Connell has gained a Distinction for his MA thesis ‘A Sketch Grammar of Matéq: A Land Dayak language of West Kalimantan, Indonesia’. Tim’s MA research was supervised by Dr Heidi Quinn (Linguistics) and Prof Beth Hume (Linguistics), and supported by a UC Masters Scholarship, as well as a Gerhardt Laves Scholarship from the Australian Linguistic Society. Particular thanks to the Pusat Kajian Bahasa dan Budaya (Centre for Language and Culture Studies) at the Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya (Atma Jaya Catholic University) in Jakarta for acting as the local counterpart institution during Tim’s fieldwork in Indonesia.

High-school students from across Christchurch have competed in the first ever UC Linguistics competition.  The top 20 students will be invited to campus on 5th May to take part in a day-long event where they will solve Linguistics problems and hear about some of the exciting work going on in the department on NZ English and forensic linguistics.

Congratulations to one of three Marsden grant winners in the College of Arts: Lynn Clark (Linguistics) on “Recency effects in spoken New Zealand English”.

Media & Communication

The Media and Communication Department is absolutely thrilled to welcome Professor Steven Livingston as an Erskine Visitor during July and August. Professor Livingston is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at The George Washington University and the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs' (SMPA) Political Communication Program. He also holds a joint appointment in the Elliott School of International Affairs, is a research professor in the Political Science Department, and is a Faculty Associate in the Space Policy Institute. Livingston's research and teaching focus on media/information technology and international affairs. He is particularly interested in the role of information technology and media in national security policymaking.

Current UC COMS undergraduate student, Morgan Fowler, took her assignment that she did for COMS 204 course (Advertising and Cultural Consumption), submitted it to a global Alternative Travel competition to celebrate Earth Day...and won! How cool is that?!? This compelling video (shot here in Christchurch) tells a fun and interesting story about the importance of biking for transportation. Her clip is persuasive and smart - it is easy to see why she won. This is yet another example of the amazing - and internationally recognized - work that UC COMS students are doing. Outstanding!

Two students, Monique Steele and Michael Knewstubb (Media and Communication), have arrived in Aarhus, Denmark, on an Honours-level exchange, and two Danish students, Anne Dyrehauge and Kristian Aasted Halse, arrive here shortly. The exchange is part of the EU and Education New Zealand-funded Inclusive Journalism Initiative.

After a (very) long wait, Linda Jean Kenix just learned that her article titled, "You are either with us or with us: Constructing Samoan national identity through inclusion at the Samoa Observer," was accepted for publication in Journalism.

Congratulations to PhD student Shao Wei who has won $3000 from InternetNZ’s internet research funding round for her work on the management of convergence in New Zealand and Chinese newsrooms.

QS World University Rankings just named the Media and Communication department, the best in New Zealand for our subject area. This is a wonderful honour and another great reason to study Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury.

Political Science

Honours and Masters Field Trip

From a meeting with the Prime Minister to a talanoa at the Fijian High Commission, students from the Honours and Masters Programmes in Political Science and Diplomacy and International Relations at the University of Canterbury once again gained invaluable insights into real world politics on their annual field trip to Wellington.

The trip, which took place on 9-10 June, involved meetings with a range of figures in New Zealand and international politics. Prime Minister John Key spoke on the challenges of leadership in an MMP system, while Foreign Minister Murray McCully gave students some insights into the challenges of the bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Parliamentary Library, alongside a range of other exciting and informative meetings, gave students an insight into the daily work of the people who support the political process in New Zealand.

One of the Honours students on the trip, Joshua Toohey, found it ‘fascinating to see the human side of people who are making important decisions’. A Masters student, Kate Macfarlane, particularly appreciated the interaction with Wellington-based graduates from the UC Honours programme, as it ‘provided insight into what we could expect were we to undertake employment in government departments in the future’.

Jeremy Moses, Head of the Department of Political Science at UC, described the trip as an ‘invaluable experience for both local and international students that is always a highlight of the year for our Honours and Masters students.

If you are interested in studying Honours in Political Science or Diplomacy and International Relations, or Masters in International Law and Politics, please contact our programme coordinators for more information:

Political Science Honours: Dr. Lindsey Macdonald
Diplomacy and International Relations Honours: Dr. Scott Walker
Masters in International Law and Politics: Dr. Jeremy Moses

Professor Mark Francis has had the following books published by Acumen Publishing:

Dr Bronwyn Hayward senior lecturer in Political Science has been appointed Fellow & Advisory Board member to a UK Arts & Humanities Research Council 1.47 million pound grant for a research collaboration of 5 UK Universities and Art galleries: Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future. The research is launched in September in Oxford, UK.

Social Work and Human Services

MSW (Applied) part-time - Students interested in doing the MSW (Applied) part-time, beginning mid-year, can apply now.   The closing date for applications is the 6th of June.  Please contact denise.forbes@canterbury.ac.nz for an application pack.

Master of Social Work (Applied) (MSW(App)) - Master of Social Work (Applied) (MSW(App)) OPEN for new enrolments in 2014.

Galpin International Exchange Fellowship award - Annabel Taylor (Social Work and Human Services), along with Professor Lori Sudderth (Sociology and Criminal Justice) from Qunnipiac University in Connecticut, USA, has been successful in receiving the Galpin International Exchange Fellowship award, aimed at international exchanges for academics. Lori will be focussing on domestic violence safety plans for women in the US and NZ while Annabel is looking at therapeutic justice in care and protection and domestic violence.

President of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work (ANZASW) - Dr Jane Maidment from Human Services and Social Work has been appointed as President of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work (ANZASW). This is the professional association for social workers in New Zealand, responsible for providing and monitoring ongoing professional development, national advocacy on matters of social policy, development and maintenance of ethical standards, underpinned by a commitment to bicultural practice.

First male recipient receives Fiona Leeves Memorial PrizeFirst male recipient receives Fiona Leeves Memorial Prize

 

First male recipient receives Fiona Leeves Memorial Prize
in Social Work in build up to Social Workers day.

Seminar Series

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