Humanities research at a glance

We study how people, past and present, use art, literature, contemplation and action to bring meaning to life.

Driven by curiosity about life, art and society, our research and creative works contribute enormously to the culture of Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

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We host the Auckland History Initiative, Shakespeare fellows and writers-in-residence, publish journals and websites, and put on performances.

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Our expertise includes Māori and Pacific art, museums, feminisms, public sculpture, exiled artists, art & psychology, contemporary art and early Modern art.

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We study languages, literatures, militaries, economies, slavery, religions and attitudes to gender in Ancient Greece, Egypt and the Roman Empire.

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Our expertise ranges widely from medieval texts to contemporary Māori and Pacific literature, human evolution to literary experimentation and theatricality.

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We study revolution, sex, strikes, Māori culture, nationalism, crusades, race relations, women’s history, health, and peace.

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We include numerous experts in ethics and political thought and individual specialists in philosophies of law, arts, religion and science, and existentialism.

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Our Biblical studies encompass sexuality, gender, popular culture and critical theory; we also study the Reformation, tolerance and evolution of virtue.

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Associate Professor Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi) uncovers the complexity of Māori histories.

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Dr Greg Minissale's research suggests that taking time out to let our minds wander has real benefits.

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Professor Tim Dare makes a difference by helping government agencies make informed decisions on privacy, human rights, and ethical risks.

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Associate Professor Ngarino Ellis sings to Māori artworks in archives the world over — and posts their images on social media to inspire today's artists.

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