NZMSC 2020 Symposium Programme

Atrium building, Albany Campus

We are delighted to present below the programme for this year’s New Zealand Modernist Studies Consortium (NZMSC) Symposium, which will be held at Massey University’s Albany campus on Monday, 23 November 2020.


9.00 – 9.15 — Karakia tīmatanga, mihi, introductions

9.15 – 10.00 — Maebh Long, “Militant Modernisms: Literature and Politics at the University of Papua New Guinea” (work in progress)

10.00 – 10.45 — Jacob Edmond, “Doing Literature in Stereo: From Text to Tape” (work in progress)

10.45-11.00 — Tea/coffee and nibbles (supplied)

11.00 – 11.45 — Alice Te Punga Somerville, “Tapa Is Not (Just) a Metaphor: Thinking about Early Twentieth-Century Pacific Publications” (oral presentation)

11.45 – 12.30 — Erin Carlston, “George Orwell’s Jewish Problem” (work in progress)

12.30 – 2.00 — Lunch – at Wine Box in Albany village, which is within walking distance of the campus.

2.00 – 2.45 — Murray Edmond, “So Many Incredible Sounds” (work in progress)

2.45 – 3.30 — Minette Hillyer, “Māori Belles and Paramount Indians” (oral presentation)

3.30 – 3.45 — Tea/coffee and nibbles (supplied)

3.45 – 4.30 — Raymond Spiteri, “Transnational Surrealism: An Antipodean Perspective” (work in progress)

4.30 – 4.45 — Wrap up, karakia whakamutunga


Attendance is free but you must preregister and numbers are limited. If you wish to attend for part or all of the day and have not yet registered, please email and


The “Round Room”

Level One, Atrium Building

Massey University Albany Campus, East Precinct

Albany Expressway (SH17)

Albany 0632

Massey University Albany’s East Precinct is accessible via Gate One from the Albany Expressway. Please see this map. The Atrium Building is marked Building 7 on the map.


If you’ll be travelling to campus by private car, you’re welcome to park in the student car parks. These are the car parks marked SP on the map.

If you’ll be using public transport, you may wish to use AT Transport’s Journey Planner to plan your trip. As the app will show, the best way to get from the Auckland CBD to Albany via public transport is to catch the Northern Express to Albany Station, and then catch the 986, 861 or 83 to the East Precinct. This second bus should stop right outside the Atrium building.


Coffee/Tea and nibbles will be provided in the morning and afternoon. At lunchtime, we’ll take a twelve-minute walk over to Albany village to eat at a café called the Wine Box, where vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options will be available for purchase.


NZMSC conveners Erin Carlston and Jacob Edmond would like to thank Pansy Duncan for all her work in organizing and hosting this year’s symposium. We also extend our thanks to all those presenting and attending. Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou.

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