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Symposium: Material Memory: Visual Cultures of Remembrance in Aotearoa New Zealand After World War One, 1918–1928

Date published: 
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017

Saturday 2 September, 1pm, Lecture Theatre 105, Law Building, University of Canterbury

A symposium hosted by the Department of Art History & Theory, free entry

Exploring visual practices of remembrance in Aotearoa New Zealand during the decade after the end of World War One, this symposium examines the production and consumption of commemorative images and objects in national and local contexts, and public and private settings.

As soon as Armistice was declared in November 1918, a range of images, motifs, objects and structures began to emerge, symbolising the devastating upheaval and loss endured by New Zealanders on both fronts during the War.


How – and in what contexts – did individuals and communities across the nation engage with these visual cultures, amidst competing ideas as how best to remember the fallen and acknowledge the experiences of the living? With a focus on the immediate post-war era, this symposium brings together research that sheds new light on how visual practices participated in the construction of collective memory, and the relationships between vision, remembrance, and national identity during a transformative period in Aotearoa New Zealand’s history.