We often look to the past to see what has worked and what has not. 

This year, approximately 150 Kiwi-based researchers, archivists and librarians, academics, teachers, public servants, curators, and heritage professionals will gather at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, for the biennial New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) Conference from December 2 - 4. 

President of the NZHA Associate Professor Katie Pickles (History) says the conference’s theme is History – Making a Difference, and involves individual sessions, panels and key note speakers over three intense days. 

“This particular theme was selected as it captures how historians all want to make the world a better place by gathering strength from the past,” Pickles says. 

The theme for 2015 explores how the study, teaching and promotion of history in Aotearoa/New Zealand all have the ability to make a difference.

Key note speakers include Professor Paul Ward from the University of Huddersfield. 

Ward is Professor of Modern British History and Head of the Department of History, English, Languages and Media.

His research is concerned with national identities in the United Kingdom since the late 19th century and in particular, Ward is well known for his historical study of Britishness.

He is also interested in oral history, public history and the co-production of historical knowledge, especially the ways in which communities think about their histories.

The University of Melbourne’s Professor Kate Darian-Smith will also be presenting at the conference. 

Darian-Smith holds joint appointments as Professor of Australian Studies and History and Chair of the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and Professor of Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Darian-Smith is a member of the Executive of the International Australian Studies Association (InASA), former President (2002-7) and current Vice-President. 

She has been involved in Australian Studies activities in Europe, North America and Asia for over two decades and is a member of the Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT), and serves on the Council of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. 

Also speaking will be Professor Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Ani Mikaere.

Salmond is a distinguished professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland. 

Mikaere is a barrister and solicitor, who teaches Maori law and philosophy at Te Wananga-o-Raukawa and has published widely on the impact of colonisation on Maori and Maori legal practices, biculturalism, Maori self-determination and the Treaty of Waitangi.

NZHA Conference 2015

HISTORY – Making a Difference 
When: December 2 – 4, 2015 
Where: University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Visit: nzha.org.nz for more information on the NZ Historical Association