I am an Associate Professor at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. My research is concerned with the ways in which the arts present and contest hegemonic power. In analysing Latin American social and political developments in the post authoritarian era (1980s-present), I have studied the role of literature, but am now primarily examining popular music, film and civic activism in the context of neoliberalism and social trauma. I am completing a volume on the role of culture in consolidating processes of re-democratization in post-authoritarian Chile.
Past: Vice recteur, Facultes Protestantes au Zaire; Carey Baptist College; University of Auckland; Laidlaw-Carey Graduate SchoolHonours:Distinguished Teaching Award 2001 (University of Auckland)22nd Annual William Menzies Lectureship (five lectures) with the title “God as Mother?” 2014 (Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio, Philippines)Unsung Heroes Award 2016 (for teaching on marriage and family) New Zealand Christian Network
My interests lie in the uses and users of heraldry across all countries and time periods. My current research focuses on using taxation records to explore the users of heraldry in 19th century Britain.
Dr. John Wei is Senior Lecturer at Media Design School, New Zealand, where he has been lecturing and supervising students in Art and Design as well as Creative Technologies. Previously he held multiple teaching and research roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury. His research examines social practices and cultural productions of gender and sexuality through global media, film, and urban screen cultures. He has published on film and psychoanalysis, cross-cultural online fandom, and transnational digital filmmaking and social media. He is the author of Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes (forthcoming, Hong Kong University Press).
I am an anthropologist specializing in historical epidemic disease. I am particularly interested in children and childhood disease and death, disability, and ’emerging’ diseases.
This article examines the charismatic New Zealand politician Winston Peters’ sparse use of the Bible as a case study in the propagation of the “Cultural” and “Liberal” Bibles across the relatively irreligious landscape of New Zealand’s political landscape. It considers why politicians continue to employ biblical rhetoric despite increasing indifference towards Christianity and the Bible, by situating such moves within the context of global capitalism. It also identifies some peculiarities of the political use of the Bible unique to the New Zealand situation and explores how these have aided the construction of distinctive political identities.