College of Humanities and Social Sciences Professorial Lecture Series

27 Sep 2017 5:00 PM
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Manawatu campus - Turitea
Sir Geoffrey Peren, Auditorium
4 Oct 2017 5:00 PM
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Manawatu campus - Turitea
Sir Geoffrey Peren, Auditorium
26 Oct 2017 5:00 PM
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Manawatu campus - Turitea
Sir Geoffrey Peren, Auditroium

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Professor Mandy Morgan, School of Psychology

Language and violence: Stories from researching domestic violence interventions and services - 27 Sept

Last year, the Aotearoa/New Zealand Government presented the sixth periodic review report to the United Nations on how well we comply with human rights obligations. Our track record of violence against women and children was headlined. Our status as the ‘fifth worst’ OECD nation for child abuse and the worst for sexual violence against women has been addressed by systems responses that the Family Violence Death Review Committee (2016) describes as fragmented and in some cases, harmful.

In this presentation, I will share some stories from a programme of research that focuses on the ways that representations of violence contribute to issues and controversies in terms of fragmented service and intervention responses to intimate violence and abuse. The programme includes critical and discursive studies on the ways that domestic violence service and intervention providers and clients understand their experiences and recent collaborations with community organisations to create a nexus of service and research aimed at analysing, evaluating and improving social responses to intimate violence.

Professor Richard Shaw, School of People, Environment and Planning

Hell or High Water: Doing political science in an age of populism - 4 Oct

The high-water mark of populism appears to have arrived: victories for populist forces in the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election have been followed by defeats at polls in Austria, the Netherlands, France and the UK. There are no grounds for complacency. Populist parties and candidates may have failed recent electoral tests but their ideas are being normalised in mainstream political discourse and the democratic malaise that gave rise to populism remains as acute as ever.

In this address, Professor Richard Shaw explores the role political science can play in making sense of populism, and reflects on the challenges—from the level of the discipline to that of the classroom—that populism poses to political scientists.

Professor Glenn Banks, School of People, Environment and Planning

‘There’s a voice in me’: Contemporary challenges for engaged and critical academics - 26 Oct

The role of the University and the academic in society causes more angst among those within the institutions than it does outside.

• We alternate between concerns that the research we do doesn’t make the impact we think it should in terms of policy and change, and then despair in those moments when we find, as Paul Krugman infamously did last November, that ‘we truly didn’t understand the country we live in’.

• The polarising tendencies we have witnessed in society, along with the strong ‘anti-science/ anti-academy’ populism, evaporate the space in which we academics often do our best work– the pulling apart of the detail, understanding the nuance – but they also work to undermine even vague agreement on an underlying progressive direction for society, something of value to most of us working here.

• This lecture wants to suggest that we – the academy - can indeed ‘do what we do best’ (intellectually rigorous social science that conceptual, theoretically and empirically creates new knowledge and new ways of understanding society) as well as maintaining the rage on what Latour calls ‘Matters of Concern’, but to do so, we need to think and operate in different ways.

• I will illustrate this argument with examples from the worldsin which I still spend some time inhabiting as a researcher - large-scale mining in the Pacific, and the increasingly reflective, angst-ridden and complex realm of International Development.

• Guided by a wobbly moral compass, a deep commitment to integrative applied research, a fundamental antipathy to the loss of nuance, and tied to the aspirational global goals of the Sustainable Development Goals, this lecture will suggest a new direction for the academy and those working within it.


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