Aotearoa Gender History Network, Wednesday 15 June

The next Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar is on Wednesday Rāapa 15 June, 12 pm – 1 pm NZT, via zoom. Please note that we are now requiring a quick, online registration to attend.
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Rebecca Rice, Getting their boots dirty: Women’s botanical publications in 19th-century Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific

Matt Basso, Family or Empire? Settler Masculinity and the Question of Protection During World War One

Rebecca Rice is Curator Historical New Zealand Art at Te Papa. Rebecca has curated several exhibitions at Te Papa, including Rā Maumahara | New Zealand Wars with Matiu Baker (2017), Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality (2018) and Tamatea: Legacies of Encounter with Megan Tamati-Quennell (2019). Recent publications include ‘From Aide-memoire to Public Memorial: The ‘Gordon Collection’ of Photographic Portraits Relating to the New Zealand Wars’, New Zealand Journal of History, 2018, ‘“My dear Hooker”: the botanical landscape in colonial New Zealand’, Museum History Journal, 2020, and, with Matariki Williams, Ngā Tai Whakarongorua| Encounters, Te Papa Press, 2021. Her current research focuses on nineteenth-century female botanical artists, the visual culture of the New Zealand Wars, and the impact of impressionism on New Zealand artists at home and abroad.

Matt Basso is an Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Utah.  He is the author of Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front (University of Chicago Press, May 2013), winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award and the American Historical Association’s Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, and the co-author, editor, or co-editor of three other books. His most recent articles appear in Settler Colonial Studies, Journal of the West, and Frontiers, and consider industrial settler masculinity, the Popular Front resonances in Buffalo Bill (1944), and soccer, masculinity, and neoliberalism in Mexico respectively. He is currently working on two scholarly projects: a new history of the World War II home front for the U.S. National Park Service, which includes training undergraduate and graduate students in public history methods, and a book that uses New Zealand history as a case study to consider settler masculinity through the lens of labor and war.

Coming up next:

Wednesday Rāapa 27 July, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom


Sam Iti Prendergast, Dreaming Sovereign Futures in Aotearoa and Hawai’i: Rihi Puhiwahine and Haunani-Kay Trask   
Emma Powell and Inano Walter, Va’ine Māori: Narration, agency and relationality

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 (