Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar, Weds 30 November

The final session of the Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar for 2022 is on Wednesday Rāapa 30 November, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom

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Jessica Parr, Unravelling the history of Obesity in Aotearoa: Examining the scientific roots presented in social epidemiology

Helen Morten, The ‘Cult of the Expert’: Dietary Advice and Gender in New Zealand, 1930-1960

Jessica Parr is a research fellow at Waipapa Taumata Rau The University of Auckland. She is in the early stages of a new research project, funded by a Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fast-Start award, that examines the historical drivers of the ‘obesity crisis’ in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Helen Morten a PhD candidate at Waipapa Taumata Rau The University of Auckland. She is currently researching the popularity of food faddism in New Zealand from approximately 1930-1960, with a focus on specific individuals who questioned mainstream nutrition science and public health measures during this period.

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 (