Public Talk – CARE Visiting Academic Series: The Embodied Meaning Making of Museums – Presented by Professor Greg Dickinson, Colorado State University

CARE is excited about this upcoming Public Talk, a part of the CARE Visiting Academic Series: The Embodied Meaning Making of Museums – Presented by Professor Greg Dickinson – Professor and Chair Communication Studies, Colorado State University.

Tuesday,23rd April 2024 @ 11am Palmerston North City Library, 2nd Floor- Heritage Space and Livestream on CARE Facebook & CARE YouTube channel.

The presentation explores how contemporary rhetorical scholarship helps us weave together symbolic, material and embodied understandings of museums.

Museums are powerful cultural and communicative institutions. Museums are often and correctly understood as institutions of Western modernity, central to colonialism and imperialism, and are a location of crucial contestations of the relations among past, present, and future. They are also powerfully effective and affective technologies of communication. Understanding how to engage museums as communicative institutions depends on a rich understanding of the modes of museal communication.

In this presentation Prof. Dickinson will trace the communicative and rhetorical modalities of museums. Drawing on my, and my colleagues, research on US American museums—with particular attention to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West—he will focus on the rhetorical nature of collection and display practices within museums. While many within museum studies have explored both collecting and display, rhetoric scholars bring field-specific questions and concerns to these practices, questions and concerns that can enliven us to the political consequentiality of museums. Contemporary rhetorical scholarship helps us weave together symbolic, material, and embodied understandings of museums.

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CARE Special Presentation: Palestine Solidarity and Ramadan with Dr. Fatima Junaid, Tayyaba Khan and Anthony Green

Join us online on Tuesday 09 April 2024, 7pm for CARE’s Special Presentation on Palestine Solidarity and Ramadan with Dr. Fatima Junaid, Tayyaba Khan and Anthony Green.

A conversation around solidarity and the dissonance that Muslims are feeling during Ramadan and may feel at Eid as we keep seeing the Palestinian Genocide.

Supporting each other to keep going with the solidarity efforts and acknowledging that any effort is good as long as we are not silent. Please join us as we ponder on the question of what it means to have Eid in these times.

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Below is a document prepared by Anthony Green for the online talk supported by CARE – Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation.

A selection of some different perspectives on the uses of language and on ways of seeing – a few examples of texts and sources that may be of interest.


Dr. Fatima Junaid

Dr. Fatima Junaid is an experienced consultant and educator working within public and private sector for over a decade. Dr. Junaid has done extensive research with marginalized communities including refugees, women, migrants and fishers’ communities. She focuses on developing mechanisms of support for better wellbeing outcomes. Currently she is a Senior lecturer at Massey University and a member of the several wellbeing (academic and professional) organisations. She also runs a social media support network group for Pakistani women in academia.

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Tayyaba Khan

Founder and trustee of Khadija Leadership Network, the New Zealand (NZ) Peace Ambassador for the European Muslim League, former Director of Advocacy at the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, and a community development practitioner with over 15 years of experience having worked with the migrant and refugee communities in The Occupied Territories of Palestine, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Tayyaba currently sits on the governance board of Mixit & Belong Aotearoa. She is also a regular panellist on RNZ’s ‘The Panel’, and ‘The AM Show’.

Anthony Green

Originally from the UK, he worked as a teacher of English and Literature, first in the UK and then, for eighteen years in Singapore. In the six months’ period after the mosque attacks, and again in the 2020 “anniversary,” he served as spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Canterbury

His writings include books commissioned by Muis (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura, Singapore’s Islamic Council), dealing with all aspects of the development and work of that body: its history, mosque-building programme, Hajj organisation, and more. His own work includes a history of how people travelled by sea from Southeast Asia to journey to Mecca for the Hajj. His interest is in people’s stories, particularly of those who are “unsung” – what the poet Brian Patten called, “the loose change history spent without caring.”

Image by Palestinian photographer Hosny Salah, currently living in Palestine Gaza Strip

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The Urgency of Addressing Palestinian Mental Health in Times of Genocide: Special Presentation

A conversation with Dr Samah Jabr

Through her responses to a series of wide-ranging questions, Dr. Samah Jabr, Head of the Mental Health Unit within the Palestinian Ministry of Health, gives essential insights into the ways to understand Palestinian mental health before, during, and after catastrophe and genocide. By invoking the principle of “observing and learning” from Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, Dr. Jabr challenges western pathologizing and individualizing around mental health, and offers a community-centered and liberatory alternative framework.

Professor Walid Adel Afifi, Dept of Communication; Associate Dean, Division of Social Science, University of California – Santa Barbara

Associate Professor Guido Veronese, in Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy.

Visiting at Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza where I teach Family Therapy.

Dr. Samah Jabr, consultant Psychiatrist, Head of the Mental Health Unit, MoH


Image by Palestinian photographer Hosny Salah, currently living in Palestine Gaza Strip


Music: Native American Drums 2 Hours, Royalty Free Music by Kevin MacLeod

Professor Mohan Dutta Unpacks the Colonial Concept of Divide and Rule

A talk by Prof. Mohan Dutta on Colonial Divide & Rule

In this insightful lecture, Professor Mohan Dutta critically analyzes the colonial divide and rule strategy, examining its historical implementation and its enduring relevance in contemporary contexts. He elucidates how this strategy has been employed to exert control over colonial subjects and draws connections to present-day scenarios. Professor Dutta illustrates the perpetuation of this divide and rule tactic through strategies aimed at fragmenting Maori communities, separating them from ethnic migrant groups. Moreover, he delves into the transformative process of decolonization, emphasizing its role in fostering connection and unity among diverse communities.

CARE Public Talk: White Supremacy, the Intersections of Anti-Māori Hate and Anti-Migrant Racism: The Targeting of Te Tiriti

White Supremacy, the Intersections of Anti-Māori Hate and Anti-Migrant Racism: The Targeting of Te Tiriti This talk explores the convergence between anti-Māori hate and anti-migrant racism in the context of the attack on Te Tiriti. It notes that the white supremacy that seeks to undermine Te Tiriti is also the ideology that seeks to silence and expel migrants of colour. Based on the analysis, it argues for migrant- Māori solidarity based on Te Tiriti as the foundation for sustaining social cohesion in Aotearoa.

CARE Public Talk: Freedom and/or Justice? Tensions In The Liberal Paradigm for Regulating Harmful Speech by Prof. Cherian George

Join us for Professor Cherian George’s Public Talk at the Business Studies (Central) Building, Massey University, BSC B1.08 COMMS Lab. Or join us virtually via the Livestream on our social media platforms.

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The norms and institutions of democracy and human rights are on the back foot around the world. They clearly need to be strengthened. This work has been disrupted and delayed not only by democracy’s opponents but also from within. There are recurring, divisive debates within liberal democracies concerning how much society should tolerate discriminatory speech. This talk searches for guideposts to navigate the contested terrain between free speech and social justice.

Cherian George is a professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, and the director of its Centre for Media and Communication Research. His books include Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offence and its Threat to Democracy (2016); and Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship (2021).

CARE Public Talk: Long-term Effects of Far-Right Terrorism on Muslims in New Zealand by Dr. Usman Afzali, University of Canterbury

In Dr. Usman Afzali’s talk, “Long-term Effects of Far-Right Terrorism on Muslims in New Zealand,” the enduring consequences of far-right terrorism on the Muslim community in New Zealand are explored. Drawing upon a comprehensive array of scholarly papers and research from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, the presentation investigates the complex dynamics between far-right violence, public attitudes, and the psychological well-being of Muslim minorities. It reveals how far-right terrorism can lead to national distress, affecting community cohesion and overall well-being. Public attitudes toward Muslims in New Zealand, especially following a terrorist attack, are examined, alongside the role of national identity, media influence, and the potential mitigating role of religion. Usman Afzali’s talk offers a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted impact of far-right terrorism on Muslims in New Zealand, with implications for future research and policy considerations.

Dr. Usman Afzali is the principal investigator of the Muslim Diversity Study, currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Muslim Diversity Study examines social attitudes and values of Muslims in New Zealand. Usman’s research interests encompass human flourishing, diversity in religious groups, cognitive psychology (specifically memory suppression), and contemplative neuroscience.

In the Muslim Diversity Study, he leads a team of 24 research assistants and actively collaborates with numerous partners within New Zealand. Additionally, he conducts research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and supervises graduate students at various levels (PhD, Masters, and Honours) since 2021. His teaching portfolio includes courses in statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.


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CARE VISITING LECTURE SERIES: Traditional Children’s Games in India: Reviving and Renewing Precolonial Inclusive Practices with Prof. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, University of Delhi

CARE proudly welcomes Prof. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Head Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi, as CARE ‘s visiting academic for the month of June 2023.

CARE extends a warm invite to all to join Prof. Tanmoy Bhattacharya’s lecture on Traditional Children’s Games in India: Reviving and Renewing Precolonial Inclusive Practices scheduled on 20th June 2023 in Manawatu in collaboration with Palmerston North City Library & Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC)

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CARE VISITING LECTURE SERIES: Traditional Children’s Games in India: Reviving and Renewing Precolonial Inclusive Practices with Prof. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, University of Delhi

Talk Abstract

Traditional Children’s Games in India: Reviving and Renewing Precolonial Inclusive Practices

In this talk I question the western disability studies theories of inclusion and show they can be unpacked and informed through simple notions of innovations through informality. Various traditional Indian children’s games are analysed to show how they teach us ways of including the disabled child in innovative ways. The talk addresses both the theory and politics of the condition of postcoloniality through an “attribute of subordination” reflected in the changing character of traditional children’s games in India.

DATE: 20th JUNE 2023 | TIME: 12:00 PM NZST 

Venue: Second Floor, Palmerston North City Library-Central Library

A detailed Bio of Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Tanmoy Bhattacharya is Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi. He guides research on Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Gender, Disability, Deaf Education, and Sign Linguistics. Prof. Bhattacharya completed his B.A. (Chemistry) & M.A. (Linguistics) from DU (University of Delhi), and then went to complete his first Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad (1995), and the second Ph.D. from University College London (UCL) as a Commonwealth scholar (1999).
He has held research & academic positions at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London, UK), Universität Leipzig (Germany), University College London (UCL, England), M. S. University (Baroda), and University of Hyderabad (UoH, Hyderabad). In his doctoral work, he tried to explore both big and small constructions in natural language, with the investigations confirming the Chomskyan universal grammar project of the generative enterprise. In the domain of syntax, he has carried out extensive and original research on topics such as NP structures, WH-constructions, superiority, sluicing, clause-internal complementizers and polar questions in a number of Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman languages. His most recent work has been on the topic of agreement in which he has brought to the fore the importance of many languages of Bihar (for example, Maithili, Magahi and Angika, among others), Jharkahand, Odisha (languages such as Santhali, Kurmali), Mizoram (namely, Mara) and Nepal (viz. Bantawa) in forming a sprachbund of multiple agreement comprising a vast chunk of the Himalayan foothills, the East, and Northeast of India.
He has been the member-convener of an UGC Committee on Disability and Higher Education and the Coordinator of the Equal Opportunity Cell, University of Delhi, where he has taught Disability and Human Rights. He is the Chairperson, Expert Committee on development of training program on Indian Sign Language, Rehabilitation Council India. Within the field of disability, he specialises in Disability Studies, Deaf Education, and Inclusive Education.
Apart from 87 journal papers/ book chapters, Prof. Bhattacharya has been the editor/ co-editor of four books published from Mouton, John Benjamins and Orient Blackswan. He has delivered 220 invited/ conference talks till date at different conferences/ events. He has been the chief editor of Indian Linguistics (2015-2017). He is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed international journal Linguistic Variation, published from John Benjamins Publishing, and is one the Chief Editors of the journal Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies.
More recently, with the desire to bring linguistics and related technology closer to popular science, he has been involved in writing on migration and evolution through an essay series on ‘Peopling of the Northeast of India’ and ‘Being Human, Again’ (published since 2016). This has led his technical expertise in linguistics to also bear upon the question of ‘peopling’ by looking at the linguistic evidence along with the genetic and archaeological.


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CARE PUBLIC TALK SERIES: Transforming Indigenous Education: Kaupapa Māori Enactment with Distinguished Prof. Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Massey University

CARE PUBLIC TALK SERIES : Transforming Indigenous Education: Kaupapa Māori Enactment with Distinguished Prof. Graham Hingangaroa Smith,Distinguished Professorial Chair, Te Toi Ihorei ki Pūrehuroa, Massey University

Venue: Mezzanine Floor (1 Floor Entrance), Palmerston North City LibraryJoin the Facebook

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Talk Abstract:The title transforming Indigenous education is deliberately ambiguous – both meanings are intended. That is, given the persistence of high and disproportionate outcomes of inequality within Māori and Indigenous communities there needs to be transformative change with respect to both the processes and outcomes of education. We will not have a revolution of our unequal social and economic conditions without a prior or simultaneous educational revolution. In this presentation I argue the need for Indigenous educators to be able to work across the intersections of simultaneously being a scholar, critical activist and transformer.In this presentation Prof. Smith shares stories that illustrate this approach and challenge the dominant institutional pressures to become ‘privatized’ academics.About the Speaker:Professor Smith is a prominent and internationally regarded Māori educationalist and scholar who has been at the forefront of transforming Māori and Indigenous education and schooling. His work links theoretical thinking and practical applications within an ongoing cycle of transformative praxis.Professor Smith’s earlier training was in Social Anthropology and he completed a MA (Hons) dissertation on ‘Māori Rituals of Encounter’ entitled ‘The Significance of Green Leaves in Pohiri Ritual’. He trained as a teacher at Auckland Teachers College and taught in Auckland schools. He also lectured in Education at Auckland College of Education. He was one of the first teachers and developers of a Kura Kaupapa Māori – a Māori philosophy and principles-based School. These schools have grown from a single entity in 1988 to over seventy-five publicly funded schools in 2015. His theoretical leadership in the Education Department at the University of Auckland helped inform the emergence of Māori Education as a distinct field of study across the New Zealand Tertiary Sector. This work has encouraged a wide range of academic studies focused on overthrowing persisting inequities within and as a result of education and schooling in New Zealand. His significant contribution to New Zealand education is to be seen in his work related to Kaupapa Māori as a theory of Transformative Praxis.#CAREPublicTalkSeries#Transforming#IndigenousEducation#Kaupapa#Māori#Enactment#Aotearoa#NewZealand
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