School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

Welcome to the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

Art History, Classics, Religious Studies and Museum and Heritage Studies are scholarly disciplines that explore the cultural, artistic, textual and religious traditions that have shaped our world. Whether studying the ancient past or the present, research and teaching in these disciplines examines the beliefs, texts, rituals and creative activities that give depth and meaning to human existence.

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Dec11-12SymposiumsIndigenous Modernisms Histories of the Contemporary
Date: 11–12 December 2014
Time: 9.00 am
A two-day symposium bringing together an international group of scholars, curators and artists to address… Read more

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31 October 2014 John Shaver
Ph.D. University of Connecticut John’s research explores religious change in the Pacific and the role… Read more
15 October 2014 Victoria Classicist, James Kierstead, Weighs in on Grote
James Kierstead's essay "Grote's Athens: The Character of Democracy" has just appeared in Brill's Companion… Read more
13 October 2014 Classics Student Wins Prestigious Internship
Campbell Orchard has just won a Summer Internship at the RD Miln Antiquities Museum at the University of Queensland. Read more

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Comfort Max-Wirth
PhD candidate Religious Studies

comfortComfort came to Victoria University of Wellington having been awarded a Victoria doctoral scholarship to undertake her PhD in Religious Studies. Her PhD thesis focuses on the role of the occult in Ghanaian politics.
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Turnbull visit

Rare Book Collecting and Curating

Roger Blackley’s, ARTH 406 Cultures of Collecting Honours, class recently visited the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn about rare book collecting and curating.

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Preventive Conservation tour to Italy

For a second year running a Preventive Conservation Study tour to Naples, Italy is being held from Monday the 27th October to Wednesday 12th November 2014. This tour enables students to experience the care of Italian Heritage first hand as part of the Sibyllam Project. Read More

Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant 2014 to 2017

JoeAssociate Professor Joseph Bulbulia has been awarded NZD $769,000 in a highly competitive Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant to enrich the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) coverage of religion and spirituality at the level of communities across New Zealand. Read More