Utilising census data and critical textual analysis for research


12 September 2018 at 2pm
Room WF710, AUT Business School Building, 
Level 7, 42 Wakefield Street
AUT City Campus

Convenor: Professor Edwina Pio

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An hour has been allocated for the presentation and questions followed by nibbles and networking.

About the presenters:

Dr. Todd Nachowitz has degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), and Syracuse University (New York, USA). His doctoral thesis is entitled "Towards a framework of deep diversity: identity and invisibility in the Indian diaspora in New Zealand," in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Waikato. Todd will focus on utilising census data for research. He has lived and worked in South Asia and speaks Hindi and Urdu. In New Zealand he has worked as Academic Director for a US-based undergraduate study-abroad programme  and as a part-time Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Studies in Religion programme at the University of Waikato. Todd is also the Coordinator of the Religious Diversity Centre in Auckland.

Dr. Nick Thompson is a senior lecturer in Theological and Religious Studies and postgraduate and PhD Advisor in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland. The history of Christianity and Christian thought is the focus of his research. Nick will focus on critical textual analysis and he is currently working on the topic: How reliable are women’s apostate narratives? Apostate narratives are the stories of people who have escaped from religious groups. Religious historians usually treat them as unreliable because their writers and audience are assumed to be hostile to the religious group under scrutiny. But should we always treat these texts with such scepticism?

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