Course syllabus



MEDIA 325: Settlement, Indigeneity and Media

SEMESTER 2, 2018



Stephen Turner

Social Science building, rm 538 (201E-538)


Office hours:

Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment



Mon: 12-2, Social Science building, rm 370 (201N-370)



Tuesday 1-2 (Med 210): 260-307 (Owen Glenn Business Building, rm 307)

Wednesday 11-12 (Med 325): 260-323 (Owen Glenn Business Building, rm 323)

Wednesday 2-3 (Med 325): 104-124 (Old Choral Hall, rm 124)


Course advisor

Dr Hirini Kaa

Kaiārahi (Arts Faculty)
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 7376


Tuākana mentor

Kaitiaki Rodger 
Office Hours: Fridays, 12pm-2pm (Week 1-6)
                      Wednesdays, 10am-12pm (Week 7-12)
Room: 201-502 (HSB)


Class representative

Amokura Tautari


Course description:

This course looks at the range of media involved in the representation and implementation of the settlement of Aotearoa New Zealand in terms of questions of migrancy and indigeneity. So-called "new" countries are profoundly shaped by historical and contemporary media technologies. Indeed, such countries are significantly imagined before they are occupied by settlers. This course reads diverse media of settlement in terms of an existing indigenous presence. How do new and developing media enable and further settlement, and how has such media been resisted, negotiated and transformed by Māori? What questions, issues and possibilities are raised by looking at diverse media specifically within the parallax lens of indigeneity and migrant settlement? 

In this course "media" encompasses cartography, writing, photography, film and television, digital sites and games. Past and present materials include maps, selected photographic and art works, gamework and writing by Giselle Byrnes, Avril Bell, Natalie Robertson, Barry Barclay and Ani Mikaere.


Learning aims:

  • To understand the provenance, range and effects of multiple media within the framework of an indigenous-settler situation
  • To develop a critical vocabulary for analysing and discussing diverse and interrelated media technologies in specifically indigenous-settler contexts
  • To become familiar with theories of First (indigenous) law and settler-colonialism, including critical race studies, in relation to indigenous and migrant media
  • To understand the work of diverse media in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi and current constitutional debate
  • To understand the representational role of government agencies, tourism and advertising in the mediation of history, ‘nature’ and nation



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Weekly topics and readings:

 *Further readings and materials will be announced prior to each week’s class, and posted on Canvas (under weekly ‘modules’).



Week 1 (16 July):  Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei  with Michael Steedman

Barry Barclay, ‘Before the beginning’, Mana Tūturu, Māori Treasures and Intellectual Property Rights (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2005), pp.7-32.



Week 2 (23 July): Writing the land

Giselle Byrnes, ‘The Calligraphy of Colonisation, Boundary Markers: Land Surveying and the Colonisation of New Zealand (Wellington: Bridget Williams Books, 2001), 77-93.

Mere Roberts, ‘Mind maps of the Māori’, GeoJournal 77.6 (2012): 741-751.


Week 3 (30 July): Writing on paper  

Alison Jones and Te Kawehau Hoskins, ‘A Mark on Paper: The Matter of Indigenous-Settler History, Posthuman Research Practices in Education, eds. Carol A. Taylor and Christina Hughes.   Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.75-92.  

Penny Van Toorn, ‘Encountering the Alphabet’, in Writing Never Arrives Naked: Early Aboriginal Cultures of Writing in Australia (Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2006), chapt. 1, pp. 8-23.


Week 4 (6 August): Light writing with Susanna Collinson

Barbara Bolt, ‘Shedding Light for the Matter’, Hypatia 15.2 (Spring 2000): 202-216.

David Eggleton, Into the Light: A History of New Zealand Photography (Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing, 2006), pp.24-44.

Kylie Message, ‘”Are We There Yet”? Natalie Robertson’s Roadsigns and the Redirection of Cultural Memory’, Space and Culture 8.4 (2005): 449-458.


ASSIGNMENT DUE: Note taking 20%

Hand in to Arts Student Centre, Monday, 13 August, by 3.00                      


Week 5 (13 August): Inter-media

Annette Tietenberg, ‘Gottfried Lindauer’s “Veracious Pictures”: On Transfers between Media and Patterns of Repetition’, in: Gottfried Lindauer: Die Maori Portraits, cat. exh. Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Auckland Art Gallery, eds. Udo Kittelmann and Britta Schmitz (Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014), pp. 218-223.

Rawinia Higgins, ‘Tā Moko - From Practice to Expression’, in: Gottfried Lindauer: Die Maori Portraits, cat. exh. Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Auckland Art Gallery, eds Udo Kittelmann and Britta Schmitz. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014, pp. 241-244.


Week 6 (20 August): Reverse ethnography

‘Faye Ginsburg, ‘Shooting back: from ethnographic film to Indigenous production/ethnography of media’, A Companion to Film Theory (Oxford: Blackwell,  2003), pp.295-322.

See Ken Monkman, ‘Casualites of Modernity’ 

Kent Monkman Casualties of Modernity



MID-SEMESTER BREAK Monday, August 27 — Saturday, September 8




Week 7 (10 September): The public sphere with Jenny Stuemer

Vijay Devadas, ‘Governing Indigenous Sovereignty’, The Fourth Eye: Maori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand, eds. Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas, eds. (Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2013), pp. 3-24.

Anne McCLintock, ‘Imperial Ghosting and National Tragedy: Revenants from Hiroshima and Indian Country in the War on Terror,’ PMLA 129.4 (2014): 819-829.


ASSIGNMENT DUE: Short essay 30%

Hand in to Arts Student Centre, Monday, 17 September, by 3.00


Week 8 (Sept 17): Television/journalism

Thomas Owen, ‘Neocolonialism, nation-building and global journalism in Aotearoa news,’ Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, eds. Emma Johnson, Giovanni Tiso, Sarah Illingworth and Barnaby Bennett Christchurch, N.Z.: Freerange Press, 2016), pp. 105-112.

Jo Smith, ‘Māori television and a Politics of Culture Framework’, Māori Television: the First 10 years (Auckland: Auckland University Pres, 2015), chapter 3, pp.88-103. 


Week 9 (September 24): Fourth cinema

Barry Barclay, ‘Celebrating Fourth Cinema’ (2003)

See The Feathers of Peace, dir. Barry Barclay (He Taonga Films, 2000).



Week 10 (October 1): Settler cinema with Laurence Simmons

See Broken Barrier, dirs. Roger Mirams and John O'Shea  (Pacific Films, 1952).


Reading : David Ausebel, 'Race Relations in New Zealand/Maori and Pakeha: An American View',  Landfall (1958): 233-246.


Week 11 (October 8):  Going Hollywood with Misha Kavka

See Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, dir. Peter Jackson (New Line Cinema, 2001) and Thor: Ragnorok, dir. Taika Waitit (Walt Disney, 2017).


Misha Kavka and Stephen Turner, '"This is not New Zealand": An Exercise in the Political Economy of Identity.' Studying the event film: The Lord of the Rings. Eds: Harriet Margolis, Sean Cubitt, Barry King, Thierry Jutel (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008), 230-238.


Dan Taipua, 'Thor and his magic patu - notes on a very Māori Marvel movie', The Spinoff (31 October, 2017).




Week 12 (October 15):  Essay writing

Twilight of the Gods, dir. Stewart Main (Zee films, 1996)


Tama Tū

dir. Taika Watiti (New Zealand Film Commission, 2004)




ASSIGNMENT DUE: Research essay 50%

Hand in to Arts Student Centre, Friday, 26 October, by 3.00



20% Note-taking exercise (1000 words)

Due: Monday, 13 August, by 3.00, hand in to Arts Student Centre,                   


30% Short essay (2,000 words)

Due: Monday, 17 September, by 3.00, hand in to Arts Student Centre


50% Research essay (3,000 words)

Due: Monday, 22 October, by 3.00, Hand in to Arts Student Centre,

Detailed instruction and criteria for each assignment will be provided during the course.



All coursework should be submitted through Canvas-turnitin under the relevant  assignment. You cannot submit assignments to a GTA or lecturer. Failure to present your coursework appropriately will lose you marks. Assignments not submitted to Turnitin via Canvas by the deadline will not be given a mark and will not count towards your final grade.



All cases of plagiarism will be brought before a Disciplinary Committee. Plagiarism is committed when you fail to indicate clearly your use of other people’s ideas, facts, research, information, etc.

Learning the conventions of citing source material is an important academic skill that

enables you to use other people’s ideas to support your own argument, or use them as a base from which to pitch your own counter-argument.

By submitting your coursework electronically, you are effectively declaring that your

work is not plagiarized. Plagiarism is failure to properly and clearly acknowledge those words or ideas within your own work that are not your own. Plagiarism is regarded as a serious form of cheating and will result in a deduction of marks and possibly even a mark of zero for the assignment.

The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web.


Note: Turnitin is the plagiarism software. It will not only pick up all cases of plagiarism in your paper, but it will also pick up sentences and paragraphs that you may have used in your own previous work. Please avoid repeating your arguments in the same words.



  • In circumstances such as illness you may seek an extension but you will require a doctor’s certificate.

Extensions must be personally negotiated with your instructor at least two days before the assignment is due. Extensions must be registered with the course convenor, preferably in person and confirmed by email.

Once you submit, you will need to place a note with your work, which specifies exactly the date the extension was granted, the new submission date and who granted the extension.


Aegrotat and compassionate consideration:

Information regarding the granting of aegrotat pass or compassionate consideration of grades is contained in the University Calendar under ‘Examination Regulations’. Applications are not usually granted unless the student has completed all pieces of coursework and passed them with a C+ or higher. You must contact the Examinations Office (not the FTVMS Department) if you need to apply for an aegrotat pass.


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