Re-reading Works on Poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand – Seminar Series 24 April – 29 May at the Adam Art Gallery

In collaboration with the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Adam Art Gallery, this series takes a fresh look at some major Aotearoa cultural works on poverty.

Across six weeks historians, curators, researchers, writers, and performers ‘re-read’ books, plays, novels, songs, and academic analyses from across the 20th century shedding light on the historic trajectories of poverty in our country. In looking back this series invites an evaluation of our contemporary situation, providing context for current issues such as inequality, our low wage economy, beneficiary shaming, gendered poverty and the long-lasting effects of colonisation.

Wednesday 4.10pm Adam Art Gallery, Kelburn Campus 
24 AprilMalcolm McKinnonPoverty and Progress in New Zealand: thoughts on WB Sutch’s work in historical and intellectual context.Malcolm McKinnon is an historian and adjunct research associate in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations.
1 May Michael BrownRevisiting “The Folk Culture of the Dispossessed”Michael Brown was the 2023 JD Stout Fellow. He works as Music Curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library. 
8 MayCybele Locke‘Dare to Struggle, Dare to Sing’: Protesting Poverty through SongCybèle Locke is a senior lecturer in the History Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.
15 MayDougal McNeillTooth and Nail: Mary Findlay’s Modernist Realism
Dougal McNeill teaches in the English Literatures & Creative Communication Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University Wellington.
22 May  Anna Green  Tony Simpson and The Sugarbag Years (1974).Anna Green is an oral historian, an Adjunct Professor at the Stout Research Centre.
29 May  Nicola Hyland ‘Wednesday to come’: Mana wahine and poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand Dr Nicola Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre.