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Dissent and the first world war - Conference 2017

8 December 2016


31 August - 2 September 2017 in Wellington

The First World War divided New Zealand society in many ways. But in the current commemorative climate little attention has been paid to the perceptions and actions of those who opposed the war. Dissent may take many forms, and we hope that this conference, co-hosted by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Labour History Project, will include discussion of the following themes, among others:

* Conscription
* Māori and dissent, e.g. Te Puea Hērangi  and KIngitanga, or Rua Kenana
* Pre-war anti-militarism
* Post-war dissent e.g. veterans
* NZ Labour Party and dissent
* War profiteering
* Pro-German perspectives
* Internment 
* Pacifism
* The Irish in NZ
* Perceptions of dissent
* Religious dissent
* Gender and dissent
* Repression and persecution of dissent
* NZ trade unions and dissent
* Dissent within the military
* Germans and internment
* Censorship
* Conscientous objection
* Influence of the Bolshevik Revolution or Easter 1916
* Moral campaigns
* Divided communities, e.g. sectarianism
* Reading against the grain to locate dissent in the archives 


The deadline for proposals is 28 APRIL 2017.  These should include a title, abstract of no more than 300 words, brief bio, contact details for the presenter(s), and be submitted as a word document.

We welcome submissions from a broad range of presenters, and encourage those who might be interested in organizing a panel session, or have any further queries, to contact David Grant

Please email proposals for papers to

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New Zealand historian to receive honorary doctorate

12 November 2015

head shot of Jock Phillips, historian, wearing glasses and smilingVictoria University of Wellington's Council will confer an honorary doctorate on historian Dr Jock Phillips in the University's December graduation ceremonies.

Dr Phillips has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand history—in particular to aspects of national identity and national character, says Victoria's Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan.

"We are delighted to recognise Dr Phillips for his outstanding contribution to New Zealand history and culture. He has been instrumental in developing innovative ways of presenting historical studies to a wide audience."

Dr Phillips completed a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria before heading to Harvard University where he completed a Master of Arts and a PhD in History.

In 1978, Dr Phillips returned to Victoria where he taught in the History Department before he founded, and became the first director of, the Stout Research Centre for the Study of New Zealand History, Society and Culture.

Although Dr Phillips has strong connections to Victoria, much of his career has taken place outside the University.

He was Chief Historian at the Department of Internal Affairs from 1989 to 2002.

During that time, Dr Phillips held the position of Conceptual Leader (History) for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, for the four years leading to its opening in 1998.

He was also the Acting General Manager, Heritage, at the Department of Internal Affairs from 1997-2000.

Since its inception in 2002, Dr Phillips was the editor of Te Ara—the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, and remained at the Manatū Taonga: Ministry for Culture and Heritage until his retirement in 2014.

Dr Phillips has achieved recognition in the form of scholarships and fellowships including selection as a Fulbright Visitor to the United States in 1992, Ian Ward's prize for the best book in New Zealand history in 2009 and the Pou Arohanui Award from the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011.

He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 and in 2014 was awarded Life Membership of the Professional Historians' Association of New Zealand, as well as a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.

He has published on diverse subjects including the New Zealand male persona, rugby, war memorials, royal visits and immigration to New Zealand.

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