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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May24ConferencesNew Trajectories in the Study of Development
Date: 9am - 5.30pm
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Stout Seminar Room, Stout Research Centre 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
"New Trajectories in the Study of Development", hosted by Religious Studies, Development Studies and Cultural Anthropology, Victoria University of Wellington, will be held on 24 May 2016. Read more

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21 April 2016 EMANATIONS: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph, 29 April - 14 August, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
EMANATIONS: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph, an exhibition curated by Geoffrey Batchen, Professor of Art History at Victoria University, opened on April 29 and will run until August 14, at the Len Lye Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Read more
21 April 2016 Geoffrey Batchen in Prague
During April, Professor Geoffrey Batchen gave two guest lectures in Prague, Czech Republic. Read more
21 April 2016 Geoffrey Batchen at Helsinki Photomedia 2016
Professor Geoffrey Batchen was one of three keynote speakers at Helsinki Photomedia 2016, an international conference held at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki between March 30 and April 1, 2016. Read more

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Dr Eva Nisa joins Religious Studies

Eva NisaThe School is delighted to welcome our newest researcher and colleague. Dr. Eva Nisa, from Indonesia, holds degrees from al-Azhar University in Egypt, Leiden University in Holland, and the Australian National University. Her ground-breaking research treats such exciting topical questions as Muslim women's issues in contemporary Indonesia (including speed dating, veiled women, marriage and divorce, and "chick lit"); Muslim youth; and transnational Islamic groups and networks. Read more

Religious Studies Conference 9-10 June

Woven Together? Christianity and Development between New Zealand and the Pacific

The weaving together of Christianity and Pacific cultures has a long and rich history. While this encounter has been marked by ebbs and flows, it is nevertheless the case that Oceania is now rightly regarded as “the most solidly Christian part of the world” (Forman 1982: 227).Read more

Crucible Symposium, 19 - 21 February 2016

crucible 5Over the weekend of February 19-21, 2016 Professor Geoffrey Batchen led a symposium devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century photography and contemporary artistic and curatorial practice. Read more

Jaimee recently completed her MA in Classics


'The beauty of studying Classics is you get to learn about everything from language and politics through to literature and art.' Read more