Current research in the J.C.Beaglehole Room – Two perspectives on New Zealand’s international exhibitions – Monday 19th September, 2016, 1pm

Dr Inge van Rij from Music Studies and Susette Goldsmith from Museum & Heritage Studies will talk about their research into two of New Zealand’s international exhibitions.

Monday September 19th, 2016 from 1-2pm, in the J.C.Beaglehole Room – All welcome

Dr Inge van Rij, Associate Director, Music Studies and Composition and Senior Lecturer, Music Studies

Official record of the New Zealand and South Seas exhibition held at Dunedin 1889-90 /compiled by D. Harris Hastings. 1891
HC665 D915 1889

Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century international exhibitions were highly significant events in constructing identity and classifying knowledge. During the same period, music was increasingly subjected to the same processes, as musical works were admitted to or excluded from the ‘imaginary museum’, and musical instruments were displayed as objects of ethnography or national industry. Whilst the exhibitions themselves were ephemeral events, the official documentation that typically accompanied them captures some of the symmetries and tensions between the exhibition framework and contemporaneous musical thought. Drawing on the Official Record of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition of 1889-90 (held in Dunedin), my research examines how musical identity and classification interacted with colonial aspiration, with a particular focus on the ways in which musical and exhibition discourse framed issues of race and gender.

Susette Goldsmith, PhD candidate, Museum and Heritage Studies

Official history of the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition, Wellington, 1939-1940 / written by N.B. Palethorpe.
DU421.4 P157 O
(and others)

Trees, floods, erosion and the 1940 centennial – what’s the connection?

Drawing on the centennial publications housed in the J. C. Beaglehole Room, this paper views selected centennial activities through a green-tinted lens and highlights the contradiction between the enthusiastic celebration of material progress and the despair at its consequent environmental destruction. This discussion of conflicting values and their relationship to trees is part of a critical heritage study of the definition, the process, and the values, meanings and understandings of arboreal heritage in this country.







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