Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar, 1 November

The final Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar for 2023.

Wednesday Rāapa 1 November, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom

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Natalie Looyer, ‘Pretty strong for a girl’: The ascent of women rock climbing in Aotearoa, c.1980 to 202

Jennifer Frost, Mrs. Griffiths Goes to Washington

Natalie Looyer is in the second year of her PhD candidacy at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, where she is researching the development of rock climbing in Aotearoa, c.1960 to 2020. For her research she has been carrying out oral history interviews with past and present rock climbers in Aotearoa. Natalie also has an MA in Classics from the University of Canterbury, for which she researched depictions of athletes in ancient Greek literature. She is a keen oral historian and has worked on a number of oral history projects, most recently with Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and the Dutch Connection Centre in Foxton.

Jennifer Frost is Associate Professor of United States History at Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland. She is writing a political biography of Congresswoman Martha W. Griffiths, who served in the US House of Representatives from 1955 to 1975. From the era of ‘the feminine mystique’ to the modern feminist movement, Griffiths mobilized women to win elections and successfully targeted sex discrimination in US law and legislation.  

This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 x 10–12-minute research presentations on current research in Gender History with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by discussion.