Cook’s Endeavour as a “death ship”: Why it is hard to teach New Zealand’s sensitive histories of colonisation

16th October 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Subject Pedagogy

Speaker: Michael Harcourt (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room B

Convener: Katharine Burn

Seminar Abstract


Michael’s doctoral research explores how teachers and students engage with New Zealand’s history of colonisation in history and social studies lessons. It is a mixed methods project involving extensive surveying of 300 teachers and over 2000 students and a classroom based critical ethnographic approach. His work focuses on school field trips to sites of colonial violence such as Rangiriri exploring how these trips shape perceptions of place. Drawing on literature on emotional regimes, particularly that of Michalinos Zembylas, he advocates an approach based on critical pedagogies of place and pedagogies of discomfort as two frameworks for teachers and educators to use as they work to develop field trips.