Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar, Wednesday 28 June

The next Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar is on Wednesday Rāapa 28 June, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom
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Miranda Johnson, Unsettling Colonialism: Historians, Moral Conscience, and the Nation

Katie Cooper, The sphere of women? Gender and the kitchen in rural New Zealand to 1940

Miranda Johnson is associate professor of History at the University of Otago, where she teaches and researches in areas of decolonization, colonialism, rights, settler identity and indigeneity, primarily in the South Pacific but also with comparisons to North America and Southern Africa. Her first book, The Land Is Our History: Law, Indigeneity and the Settler State (Oxford, 2016) won the 2018 W. K. Hancock prize for the first best book by an Australian scholar in any field.

Katie Cooper is Curator New Zealand Histories and Cultures at Te Papa. Her research focuses on cultural and material histories of colonial life, and she has been working to highlight women’s histories in Te Papa’s collections. Katie completed her PhD at the University of Otago in 2017, exploring histories of rural New Zealanders as revealed through their kitchens. She is now working on a book manuscript based on that research.

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.

Convenors: Charlotte Greenhalgh ( and Charlotte Macdonald (