Faculty of Arts


Settlement, Indigeneity and Media

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for MEDIA 325.


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.

Leaning 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

Availability 2020

Not taught in 2020




MEDIA 325: 15.0 points


30 points at stage II in Media, Film and Television, or Māori Studies


FTVMS 210, FTVMS 325, MEDIA 210

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