Christine Kenney participates in UK conference

Associate Professor Christine Kenney has just returned from the Combined Dealing with Disasters, UK Alliance for Disaster Research, Disasters Research Group and UK Collaborative for Development Research 2019 conference.

Christine was the invited Chair for the culture and disaster strand and was the primary author for and presented the paper entitled:  Love in a Time of Terror: Revisiting an Indigenous Love Story, for which, Dr Suzanne Phibbs from the College of Health was the second author. This paper drew on Benedict Anderson’s theory of ‘imagined communities’ to illustrate the ways in which a national ‘imaginary’ was created in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings The paper also interrogated the validity of the newly crafted public narrative of New Zealand identity, through using discourse analysis of media commentary and Muslim New Zealanders’ ‘talk’ to illustrate ongoing social and cultural tensions.

Pictured: Associate Professor Christine Kenney, Professor Virginia Murray Conference Co Chair and Dr Suzanne Phibbs.