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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Apr2-30The Renaissance in Northern Italy: Lectures and Study Tour
Date: 2 April – 30 September 2014
Time: 6.00 pm
Interested in Renaissance art? Why not enrol in a short course with Continuing Education in… Read more
Aug4SeminarsFHSS Learning and Teaching Seminar Series: Michael Radich
Date: 4 August 2014
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: Murphy LT220
How I use arguments in teaching Read more
Aug18Public LecturesPublic Lecture: St John's Visiting Scholar in Religion
Date: 18 August 2014
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: MacLaurin Lecture Theatre MCLT103, 103 Kelburn Parade, Wellington
Professor Richard Bauckham ‘The Evidence for Jesus: The Gospels as Eyewitness TestimonyIn August, Victoria University… Read more

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23 July 2014 'Peace Not War, Shall be Our Boast' - Call for papers
In 2014, centennial commemorations of the Great War begin; 2015 will have special significance to New Zealanders, in light of the landings at Gallipoli in April 1915. With these landmark moments in view, this conference will provide a forum for critical appraisal of Christian contributions to peace and peacemaking. The conference will explore historical, theological and contemporary perspectives on peace and Christianity in New Zealand. Read more
18 July 2014 Masterson in Edinburgh
Dr. Mark Masterson, Senior Lecturer of Classics and Programme Director of the Classics Programme, spoke… Read more
29 May 2014 Diana and Death in Canberra
Diana Burton (Classics) was recently flown to Canberra, where, on May 15th, she delivered a… Read more

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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 and hands on as part of the Sibyllam Project. Read More

art homepageWelcome from the Head of School

Welcome to the School of Art History, Classics, and Religious Studies (SACR) which includes Museum and Heritage Studies.The academic disciplines embraced within SACR examine the great cultural, artistic, intellectual and spiritual traditions that have shaped, and continue to shape, today's world. As such, the School is a proud and vibrant part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University. Our teaching staff, recognised experts in their fields, offer courses that strive to understand our world better by exploring its roots in classical antiquity, its rich religious diversity, and its grand artistic and cultural heritage.  Read more

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


Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant 2014 to 2017

Associate 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