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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Jul1-3Amphorae IX
Date: 1–3 July 2015
Time: 9.00 am
We are pleased to announce that AMPHORAE IX will be held at Victoria University of… Read more

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24 March 2015 Nancy Rabinowitz Visits Victoria Classics
On Monday 23 March in the afternoon, Nancy Rabinowitz, Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College in New York, led a research seminar on the characters of Orestes and Pylades across four Greek tragedies and in later representations. Read more
19 March 2015 Joseph Bulbulia Contributes to Major Piece of Research
Dr Joseph Bulbulia has contributed to a major piece of research on the evolution of religious belief. Read more
18 March 2015 'Painting New Zealand' in Berlin
Visitors to Berlin this year have been greeted in the metro by a giant banner of a tattooed rangatira taken from a painting by Austrian-born artist Gottfried Lindauer. 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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MHST 524: Study Tour to Italy


In 2013 and 2014 MHST and Conservator Carolina Izzo, ran Preventive Conservation Study tours to Italy.  In 2015 MHST has established this study tour as a new course, MHST 524.

More information about the 2015 tour can be found at Continuing Education who are also offering the course as part of their programme.



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