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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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
30 September 2014 Masterson publishes article in the Journal of Early Christian Studies
Dr. Mark Masterson, Senior Lecturer of Classics and Programme Director of the Classics Programme, has… 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. She studied at the University of Ghana, Lagon and Florida International University, Miami. Upon her arrival she became enthusiastically involved in the life of the university and the city. She is serving as PGSA rep on the FHSS postgrad committee, is secretary and a founding member of the VUW African Students Association, and has recently taken over as the editor of the journal of the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions (NZASR).  Currently she is also involved with Youthline, working  as facilitator of their Youth Development Programme, and volunteer Coordinator. Her PhD thesis focuses on the role of the occult in Ghanaian politics.  
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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. 
Turnbull visitThe group were hosted by Ruth Lightbourne, Curator of Alexander Turnbull Library’s Rare Books and Fine Printing Collection.  Read more



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 and hands on 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. Dr John Shaver  has been employed for a period of three years as a post-doctoral researcher to work on this project. The project will identify links across and within spiritual and community networks, assess patterns of stability and change in these networks over time, and measure their practical impact on the health, well-being, and life-satisfaction of community members. Read More