Ka Haka II

The NPM conference this year includes a new Indigenous Arts and Performance theme Ka Haka II, led by one of our research partners Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

AUT is our host venue for IIRC18  pre-conference workshops being held on Monday 12 November and features the Ka Haka II launch that evening which will be filled with a range of diverse and contemporary performances.

There will also be Ka Haka elements, presentations and lunchtime performances throughout the conference week.

Under the theme of Old ways of knowing, new ways of doing the Ka Haka II focus will look at what might it mean to call a performance 'authentic' in the Māori and Indigenous context? How might mis/representations of the 'authentic' in Māori and Indigenous culture in performance be seen to reflect, or not, the influence of colonisation, mediatisation and/or globalisation?

In this, we take as read that while performances are often entertaining, such performances can also be seen to have, and to convey, authenticity. Here we ask participants to stake a position in a conversation about the relationship between performance and authenticity in the development of Māori and Indigenous identities and communities.

To find out more visit our International Indigenous Research Conference website

Conference Registrations close 1 October!