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Taking proverbial wisdom to the streets
Monday 22 February 2021
Short, pithy proverbs have provided a minefield for scholarly research as well as opportunities to connect with the community for Associate Professor Gina Salapata.
Pandemic novel wins top prize for Massey writing lecturer
Wednesday 10 February 2021
Dr Laura Jean McKay's novel about a viral pandemic has just taken out Australia's most valuable literary prize.
Academic conference on humour - it’s no joke!
Wednesday 3 February 2021
The economics of the comedy industry, humour in lockdown, and understanding what kind of jokes are OK at work are all topics under serious consideration by scholars attending a conference on humour at Massey University's Wellington campus this week.
Book explores online harassment as a deadly ‘game’
Monday 18 January 2021
The idea that online communities involved in harassment function as a form of Alternate Reality Game (ARG) dedicated to ruining the lives of those they target is the central theme of a new book.
NZ’s top French language scholars rendez-vous at Massey
Thursday 10 December 2020
Teaching French online during lockdown, literary translation, and forging closer ties to secondary schools were among hot topics at the annual French Inter-University Seminar hosted this year by Massey University.
Local ties to nature revealed in ecopoetry PhD
Tuesday 17 November 2020
Horowhenua-based farmer, poet Janet Newman explored local versions of the global ecopoetry trend for her PhD, and discovered that New Zealand writers are re-defining it.
Opinion: Do NZers only care about terrorism if it happens to us?
Monday 9 November 2020
Islamist inspired terrorism has reared its head again in Europe with the brutal slaying of a school teacher in Paris. But there has been barely a murmur out of New Zealanders. Do we only care about terrorism if it happens to us?
Vote for euthanasia includes broad ethical values
Monday 2 November 2020
Philosopher and ethics specialist Dr Vanessa Schouten says the acceptance of the assisted dying legislation shows that Kiwis are willing to make room for others to live by values they might not share themselves.
Linguistics podcast unravels the allure of Ashley
Thursday 8 October 2020
A new podcast challenges the idea that linguists inhabit a niche area of scholarship far-removed from everyday concerns.
DHB signs up for te reo Māori with Massey
Wednesday 30 September 2020
Massey University and the MidCentral District Health Board | Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua have signed a deal that will help address the growing demands in the health sector to increase knowledge of te reo Māori.

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