National Collections, National Stories: China and New Zealand 

Thursday 15 November 20127pm–8pm
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Free entry

Duncan Campbell, of the Australian National University, discusses the politics of collecting in China, and how Chinese objects in New Zealand collections might enhance cross-cultural understanding.

This illustrated lecture will address aspects of the politics of collecting in China, both traditionally and in the contemporary context – particularly since the place of the past in the future of Chinese culture is changing. Duncan will refer to specific Chinese objects in New Zealand collections, and hopes to suggest ways of ‘reading’ these objects that might serve to improve levels of cross-cultural understanding.

Duncan Campbell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chinese Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University.

See objects from China in Te Papa’s collection in Collections Online