Call for papers: Women’s and gender histories in 2020s Aotearoa, Te Wai Pounamu and Moana Nui a Kiwa

Women’s and gender histories in 2020s Aotearoa, Te Wai Pounamu and Moana Nui a Kiwa

With support from the University of Auckland History Innovation Fund, the Aotearoa Gender History Network is convening an in-person meeting to bring together researchers on women’s and gender histories to share their work. A further goal of the workshop is to publish selected papers in a special issue of the New Zealand Journal of History. The in-person workshop will be held at Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland on 21–22 Hui-tanguru February 2023.

The workshop will maintain the broad scope of the Network in inviting researchers working on any time or topic that fits under the broad fronds of Aotearoa women and gender histories. We are taking an island span of geography: Aotearoa, Te Wai Pounamu, New Zealand, Te Moanu-nui-a-kiwa (Pacific).

What: Women’s and gender histories workshop, Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland + planned 2024 special issue of the New Zealand Journal of History

When: 21–22 Hui-tanguru February 2023

Available funding: travel, accommodation, and registration for 15 workshop speakers

Applications: Please send a workshop paper title, 200 word abstract, short biographical paragraph, and details of early career status and/ or available institutional support to Charlotte Greenhalgh ( and Charlotte Macdonald (

Applications and abstracts due: 1 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022

The Network began in 2020 during the covid crisis that has underlined the significance of gender analysis for current events and past histories. Together, we examine patterns in women’s and gender histories that have taken shape in this part of the world. Is there a trajectory that takes us from challenging dichotomies to navigating and celebrating the non-binary?  How have gender and women’s histories (lived and narrated) been shaped by the particular circumstances of histories made in these islands, and by the flow of people and ideas to and from Aotearoa New Zealand? While there has been change in the lives of women, and in the meaning of gender, in the past 50 years, what is the direction for the future? As we stand in the wake of the voting down of Roe v Wade in the US Supreme Court, and global movements of authoritarianism, these feel like pressing questions.

The call for papers and workshop attendance is open to all. Please be in touch to tell Charlotte Greenhalgh or Charlotte Macdonald if you would like to present your original research, attend, or contribute as a discussant or mentor.

Funded places are designed to assist postgraduate students, early career researchers, and researchers without institutional support. Funding covers registration, domestic or trans-Tasman travel, and accommodation.