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  • Our Changing World

    2020 lecture series

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Our Changing World

A series of free public lectures in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington

Join us in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington to discover the latest insights from our leading thinkers in humanities and social sciences that will help you better navigate our changing world. Hear first-hand from Massey University scholars and explore with them unique and captivating perspectives to better understand modern-day challenges.

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How 50 Years of Tourism Development in Fiji has Radically Altered its Indigenous Community and Culture

Wellington: April 15 | Palmerston North: April 22 | Auckland: April 29

Dr Api Movono

Api Movono Dr Api Movono has a proposition for you. The next time you’re holidaying poolside at that Pacific Island “paradise” resort in Fiji sipping on a cool drink and enjoying the local flavour, think about this. What kind of profound impact has tourism development had on the indigenous Fijian people?

When we talk about development, one critical area remains largely unexplored – understanding the complex and adaptive nature of communal systems. Looking through the lens of ethnographic research, Dr Movono, a senior lecturer in Sustainable Development at Massey University, reveals how five decades of tourism development has led to complex, multi-scale socio-cultural changes within indigenous Fijian communities. And he shares how new approaches are shaping Fijian lives. Discover the interconnectivity of nature, society, and culture within indigenous communal systems and better understand its implications on sustainable development and climate responses for the future.

Rethinking Religious Diversity and Security after the Christchurch Terror Attacks

Palmerston North: May 14 | Auckland: May 20 | Wellington: May 27

Dr Wil Hoverd and Dr Amy Whitehead

This public lecture, featuring the expert insights of social scientist Dr Wil Hoverd and social anthropologist Dr Amy Whitehead,  explores issues raised by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Attack on the Christchurch Mosques.

Wil Hoverd Dr Wil Hoverd captures the experiences and challenges facing modern states in protecting its religious citizens in a secular nation. Find out more about academic ideas surrounding states and the dynamics of religious diversity, social cohesion, human rights and national security. Discover New Zealand’s specific religious diversity challenges. Explore the findings and research directions meeting at the intersection of national security and religious diversity that have emerged after the attacks and the Royal Commission. How can we offer both safety and rights for religious communities while also providing national security outcomes for all society?

Amy Whitehead Dr Amy Whitehead argues that Aotearoa is currently in a state of religious change with an increasingly multicultural population. Following global trends, growing numbers of immigrants from different cultural and religious backgrounds are building communities across the nation. Traditionally, New Zealand was a predominantly post-Christian secular nation. Dr Whitehead argues it is now imperative to re-think religion in New Zealand. Applying innovations in global thinking about religion, she highlights the importance of societal understanding and adaption to religious difference and change. Why is there an urgent need to promote the development of religious literacy in our schools and universities? Will this help us better understand the cultures, beliefs, practices, dress, and architectures that make our neighbours ‘tick’?

Defining Moments of Belonging in Aotearoa: the Experiences of Immigrants and Former Refugees

Wellington: June 10| Palmerston North: June 17 | Auckland: June 29

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Cynthia White

Cynthia White Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Cynthia White, an internationally acclaimed linguist, explores how the tragic events of March 15, 2019 in Christchurch highlight the complexities faced by some newcomers to New Zealand, raising many important questions: How do people come to feel at home in New Zealand? What makes them feel they belong? What makes them feel safe? How do they engage with civic life? Why and when do these questions matter?  This lecture explores these questions from recent longitudinal studies of immigrants and former refugees, tracing their journeys to settlement and belonging, and the dilemmas faced by those for whom a sense of belonging has never come. While the settlement is a largely invisible process, it is also a high stakes process with profound impacts for society at large and our changing world.

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Event details


Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Location: Round Room, Atrium Building via Gate 1, Auckland (Albany) campus

Palmerston North

Time: 6pm to 7pm.

Location: Palmerston North City Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North


Time: 6pm to 7pm.

Location: National Library of New Zealand, Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Light refreshments included.

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