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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Jul3-15“Peace, not war, shall be our boast” - Call for Papers
Date: 3–15 July 2015
Time: 9.00 am
Call for papers due by 15 July 2015. Read more
Jul6SeminarsCuratopia: Histories, Theories, Practices - Museums and the Future of Curatorship
Date: 6 July 2015
Time: 9.00 am
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (LMU) Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich Conveners: Dr. Philipp Schorch, A/Prof. Conal… Read more
Aug3-6Public LecturesSt John’s Visiting Scholar in Religion public lectures, 3-6 Aug 2015
Date: 3–6 August 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Religious Studies is delighted to announce the schedule for the St John’s Visiting Scholar… Read more

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12 June 2015 Registration for Sharia in the Asia-Pacific: Islam, Law and Politics Symposium
Register here for attending and/or presenting Symposium dates: 25–27 August 2015 Read more
21 May 2015 Classics Continues with Outreach, Hosts NZACT Meeting
NZACT (the New Zealand Association of Classical Teachers) held a regional meeting on May 20th. Read more
8 May 2015 Classics Museum acquires new piece
The Classic Programme are proud owners of a Greek stemless Kylix.  Read more

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Art History Tour to Northern Italy

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In September 2014 Phyllis Mossman led a three week long Art History study tour to Northern Italy. With the theme of Power and Piety, this was an off-the-beaten-track tour of Renaissance courts, churches, art galleries and Palladio's architecture.

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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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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