Narratives — both factual and fictional — help us to explain events, actions and motivations with a beginning, middle and end. We study the stories of others and create our own.

Our celebrated filmmakers, novelists and poets — such as New Zealand's Poet Laureate, and most lauded documentarian — play with language and raise big issues.

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We study New Zealand, Pacific, Caribbean, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, Irish, Latin, Latin American, American and English literature. Also: Nabokov.

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Our interests range from language education to Māori and Pacific educational success to patriotic education, public pedagogy and post-WWII educational theatre.

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We research popular music, film, video games and comic books — and pop culture subjects like prisons, the Bible and kamikaze pilots — on nearly every continent.

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Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? We research how and why different cultures and ideologies prefer different styles of art, design, body adornment and life.

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

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Poet-scholar Associate Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh explains how making creative work is part of her Indigenous scholarship, as well as her poetry.

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Professor Gary Barkhuizen collects and studies stories, to learn about why and how we teach and learn languages.

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Founded by award-winning novelist and academic Dr Paula Morris, the ANZL includes 15 Fellows and around 100 invited members.

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Our historians aim to put the history of Tāmaki Makaurau at the heart of an energetic conversation about our city.

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We combine macro and micro knowledges — getting down to the nitty-gritty and zooming out for the larger picture — to develop understandings of life.

Focusing on the details

Institutions can empower the vulnerable and/or discriminate and attack. We study collective actions and categories: their causes, effects and resistance.

Critiquing institutions

People make, shape and break physical and political locations — and vice versa. We study kaitiakitanga, disaster recovery, health and migration — old and new.

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