Cultures, Languages and Linguistics research

We work to deepen understanding of, and communication between, the cultures, languages and histories of the world.

Our world-class scholarship embraces cultural and linguistic diversity and promotes global citizenship in the digital age.

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We specialise in research on language teaching and learning, and also have expertise in phonology, syntax, pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

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Focussing on China, Japan and Korea, we study film, youth culture, social history, literature, religion, diaspora, nationalism, language teaching, and more.

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We research the pivotal roles that communication plays in shaping the social, political, technological, cultural, and environmental aspects of society.

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We research topics from medieval and Renaissance works to global pop culture and postcolonial literature and historical memory in European languages.

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The Global Studies team is, as its name suggests, working across multiple intellectual fields and transdisciplinary issues around the world and in Aotearoa.

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Filmmaker Professor Annie Goldson won Best Editing Award at the TVNZ Awards for her documentary ‘A Mild Touch of Cancer.’

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Dr Patrick Thomsen's research is centred on tautua or service to marginalised communities.

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Professor Mark Mullins is Director of the Japan Studies Centre in this cross-University institute, which undertakes research focusing on engagement with Asia.

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This pan-University institute researches contemporary Europe and EU-related issues, and shared Europe-New Zealand concerns.

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Our interdisciplinary research encompasses state politics, film, Indigenous leadership, responses to ecological degradation and more.


We encourage research into the historical and contemporary links between Europe and the Pacific, and offer access to a database of Germans in Tonga 1855–1960.

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