Anthropology in Aotearoa: Built on the Backs of our Ancestors

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Presented by Dr Marama Muru-Lanning

Lectures, talks and seminars

SACS Research Seminar Series

13 Nov 2019 12:00 pm to 13 Nov 2019 1:00 pm

MY305 (Murphy Building Level 3)

Vision Mātauranga has been created to commodify and globalise Māori knowledge that belongs to Māori communities.

Vision Mātauranga is now the expected mechanism for all engagement between university researchers, commercial stakeholders, and Māori communities.

However, much of the risk associated with forming new collaborations rests with Māori communities, and even more so with the Māori researchers who act as intermediaries and brokers between the communities and research teams.

In this new knowledge landscape what opportunities and spaces for action does Vision Mātauranga hold for social anthropology to better position itself in the current academic climate? Furthermore, how does Vision Mātauranga force anthropology to be more inclusive of the descendants of Maori ancestors whose backs the discipline was built on?

For more information contact: Gill Blomgren

Speaker Bios

Marama holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Auckland. She is a Senior Research Fellow and Director at the James Henare Research Centre. Marama also advises on elderly health projects in the School of Population Health. Her research is primarily concerned with debates and critical challenges in social anthropology where she focuses on the cultural specificity of iwi-Māori and their unique sense of place and belonging in New Zealand.  What distinguishes Marama nationally as a social scientist is her specialization in water, environment and indigenous engagement. She is a Council member of the Journal of the Polynesian Society, New Zealand’s oldest scholarly journal.

She also has research collaborations with other University of Auckland faculties which include projects with Civil Engineering, Robotics and Infrastructure.