An evening with James Belich – in conversation with Finlay Macdonald
Join the New Zealand Historical Association at the Museum to hear from one of the most formidable of New Zealand’s intellectual exports. James Belich, ONZM, returns to New Zealand as a distinguished guest of the University of Auckland’s Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Where Histories Meet conference. For this evening talk, hear about his experiences with history at Oxford University and his reflections on where New Zealand history is at in 2017, in conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Finlay Macdonald.
Belich’s stellar career here in New Zealand – recognised in such accolades as the New Zealand Order of Merit (2006) and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (2011) – has been followed by further achievements on the international stage. The Beit Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at Oxford University since 2013, Belich is also Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History.
This talk will interrogate Belich’s current views on New Zealand history. A strong advocate for the importance of New Zealand history – in schools, in tertiary institutions, and in public – what are his views on the subject in a year during which public commemorations of the New Zealand wars received government funding, following the 2016 school pupils’ petition that also raised debate about the school history curriculum? Furthermore, how have his years at Oxford influenced his thinking about New Zealand history? How has his grounding in New Zealand history influenced his work in imperial, commonwealth, and global history?