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Ian   Conrich

Visual and Material Culture
University of Vienna (Austria)
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• Principal Editor, 'Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies'
• Chair, New Zealand Studies Association and organiser of the annual conferences since 1997
• Member of the Executive for the Pacific History Association
• Curator of the traveling exhibition, 'Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture'
• Founding director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
Member of
New Zealand Studies Association (NZSA)
Pacific History Association (PHA)
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Australia (area)
Historical periods
First and Early contacts
The Colonial time
20th century
21st century
Indigenous languages
Maori, Rapa Nui
  • Academic Position (2005 to 2006)
    Images of the Maori: The Commodification of Early New Zealand Visual Culture — University of Oxford
    This project drew on a collection of 1600 postcards, magic lantern slides and stereoviews of the Māori that I assembled and which has since been digitally archived. From such a body of examples there was the opportunity to build a case study examination of the ways in which images of the Māori were commercialised in early New Zealand visual/ popular culture.
  • Academic Position (2007 to 2008)
    Director, Centre for New Zealand Studies — Birkbeck, University of London
  • Collaborative Project (2010 to 2014)
    Curator for a traveling exhibition 'Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture' — Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (UK), Kon-Tiki Museum (Oslo), Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Sydney), Chilean Embassies UK, Norway and Australia.
    A traveling exhibition exploring the multitude of ways in which Easter Island has been popularised in fiction, and in material and visual culture. It provided a view on Easter Island through an understanding of the power and the extent of the myths that, in particular, circulate around the moai. Also of importance is the way in which, beyond the island, the undeciphered rongorongo tablets, Makemake, moai kavakava, and tangata manu (the bird man cult), have been popularised.
  • Academic Position (2016 to -)
    Professorial Fellow — University of Vienna
    Leader for Masters classes in visual and material culture and the cultural anthropology of tourism. Research collaborator for two projects on Rapanui and images of the Maori that has led to three books. Organiser of international conferences and Principal Editor for the 'Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies'
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