Jo Smith

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Associate Professor School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Courses

Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Māori Television; Postcolonial Media Cultures; Indigenous Film and Media; Race and Ethnicity; Media, Subjectivities and Identities.

Iwi

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha

Qualifications

BA Otago
PhD Otago

Profile

My research examines the socio-political power of media with a primary focus on how colonial histories inform contemporary media technologies, institutions, aesthetics and practices. I have developed my research profile across three interrelated fields (Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Settler Colonial Studies) to ask new questions about the ways in which media helps shape notions of identity, nationhood and community. Recently I’ve been examining how the storytelling powers of media can enhance our research practices in ways that might have relevance to policy shifts and other forms of social action related to lands, waters and places.

Recent projects

Place, Power, Media: Mediated Responses to Globalization. An anthology that examines the role of media in shaping a sense of place and identity in the world deeply connected to global social, political, technological and aesthetic relations. Edited by Divya McMillin, Joost de Bruin & Jo Smith. Forthcoming from Peter Lang in 2018.

Onscreen Indigeneity: the case of Māori Television. A study of Indigenous television from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Funded by a Standard Marsden Grant (2012-2014). Download a summary of findings in English or Te Reo Māori. Māori Television: the first 10 years was published by Auckland University Press in 2016.

Research in progress

Communicating Kaitiakitanga: a Kaupapa Māori Land & Water Food Story. A Kaupapa Māori and Environmental Communications study of the role of kaitiakitanga in shaping Māori agrifood practices. With Co-PI Dr Jessica Hutchings. Funded by Our Lands & Waters National Science Challenge (2018-2019): $250,000.

AKO: Towards a Kaupapa Māori Knowledge Transfer System. How can mediated storytelling techniques enhance and extend Māori research practices? With Dr Rebecca Kiddle, (2018-2019): $113,899. . Funded by National Science Challenge: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Project. See: http://www.buildingbetter.nz/publications/SRA5/Kaupapa_Maori_Knowledge_Transfer_System_Think_Piece.pdf

Oneone Ora, Tangata Ora: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook. Understanding Soil from the Viewpoint of Kaupapa Māori. Edited by Jessica Hutchings and Jo Smith. Funded by Soil Health and Resilience, MBIE.

Housing and Hauora: Supporting Hauora through Successful Māori Housing Initiatives. What, from the perspective of whānau, does the nexus between poverty, housing, and wellbeing look like? How can research support transformational hauora/housing outcomes? In Press Edited by Fiona Cram, Jessica Hutchings and Jo Smith. Funded by National Science Challenge: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Project.

Areas of supervision

  • Media representations of race and cultural identity
  • New Zealand film and media studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Indigenous film, media and cultural studies

Selection of publications

Recent publications

McMillan, D., de Bruin, J., Smith, J. Place, Power, Media: Mediated Responses to Globalization. Peter Lang Publishing, 2018. Edited by Divya McMillin, Joost de Bruin & Jo Smith. Peter Lang in 2018.

An anthology that examines the role of media in shaping a sense of place and identity in worlds deeply connected to global social, political, technological and aesthetic relations.

Smith, Jo. “Pluralizing Notions of Place through Māori Food TV”. McMillan, Divya, Joost de Bruin and Jo Smith (eds.), Place, Power, Media: Mediated Responses to Globalization. Peter Lang Publishing, 2018. 79-92.

A book chapter that argues for the educative potential of Māori food media in disseminating place-based and tangata whenua-informed approaches to food, lands and waters.

Hutchings, J, Smith J, Harmsworth, G, “Elevating the Mana of Soil Through the Hua Parakore Framework”. MAI Review. 7.1.8. 2018.

An article that argues for a political shift in thinking about soil, using a kaupapa Māori lens.

Smith, J. (2018). Towards a Kaupapa Māori Ako Knowledge Transfer System. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities SRA: Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua (SRA5), 11pgs, Wellington: BBHTC.

The paper theoretically explores the potential for a kaupapa Māori approach to knowledge transfer that builds a community of interest during the research process, and beyond.

Hutchings, J, Smith, J, Roskruge, N and Severne, C. “Enhancing Māori Agribusiness Through Kaitiakitanga Tools”. Think Piece for Toitū Te Whenua, Toiora Te Wai, Our Land and Waters, National Science Challenge. July 2017.

What is the unique contribution that Māori science and knowledge systems can make to enhance Māori agribusiness and people capability while maintaining and improving land and water quality?

Smith, Jo. Māori Television: the First Ten Years. Auckland: Auckland University Press. 2016.

Smith, Jo. “Decolonising Dreams and Māori Television”. Hutchings, Jessica and Jenny Lee-Morgan (eds.) Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, Research and Practice. Wellington: NZCER Press. 2016.158-171.

Recent conference presentations

2016 Keynote Address. “Māori TV and Emerging Narratives of Nationhood”. Māori Association of Social Science Conference, Nui Te Kōrero: Rewriting National Narratives, Te Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington. 9-11 November.

2015 “The Complexities of Onscreen Indigeneity: the diverse aspirations surrounding Māori Television”, He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference. Te Kotahi Institute, University of Waikato. 29 June-1 July.

2015 “Māori Television’s Place-based Media Practices”, Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity. ANZCA, Queenstown. 8-10 July.

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Courses

Teaching in 2020