Aotearoa New Zealand Gender History – September Session

You are warmly invited to the September session of the Aotearoa New Zealand Gender History Seminar.

Wednesday 1 September, 12pm–1pm, via zoom (


Julia Laite, Glimpses and Scales: Global microhistory, global trafficking and the exceptional normal life of Lydia Harvey

Cheryl Ware, Exploring Histories of Sex Work in Aotearoa, 1978–2008  

Julia Laite is a Reader in Modern History and Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre at Birkbeck, University of London. She researches and teaches on the history of women, crime, sexuality and migration in the nineteenth and twentieth century British world and is the author of Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London (2012) and (with Samantha Caslin) Wolfenden’s Women: A Critical Sourcebook (2020). Her latest book, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A True Story of Sex, Crime and the Meaning of Justice, was published with Profile Books in April, 2021.

Cheryl Ware is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland. Her research explores histories of sex, gender, and health, and engages with oral history theory to consider how individuals remember and reflect on the past. Her current project focuses on the lives of sex workers in Aotearoa and is supported by a Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant. She is the author of HIV Survivors in Sydney, Memories of the Epidemic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and has published articles in Women’s History ReviewAustralian Historical StudiesJournal of Australian StudiesHealth and HistoryOral History Society, and Oral History New Zealand.  

This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 research presentations on current research in Aotearoa New Zealand Gender History, followed by discussion. To view the full schedule for the year, please click here.

Inquiries to Charlotte Greenhalgh (