Date(s) - 03/08/2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The 2020 AGM will be preceded by a talk ‘Unsettling Pakeha Fragility’ by Penny Leach. This presentation is from Penny’s thesis towards her Master of Arts in Politics at Massey University NZ. Below is the abstract to Penny’s thesis.
“In this thesis, I explore the way that Pakeha (settler) identity can act as a barrier to, or alternatively, as motivation for, engaging with colonialism and decolonisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. I also discuss Pakeha conscientisation, and how Pakeha can ¯continue to hold ourselves accountable on this non-linear journey. I construct a composite epistemology drawing from interpretivism with an explicitly structural element, critical feminism and action research with a Baradian twist. This is used to explore the journeys of seven participants grappling with being Pakeha, discovering their complicity in colonial structures and practices, and imagining different ways of being and decolonised futures. I search for their edges of comfort, and at times, our conversations enable an evaluation of previously uninterrogated positions. As a Pakeha researcher, studying other Pakeha, while trying not to re-entrench colonial structures, I am conscious of the need to try to engage ethically in this topic alongside my participants as we work on ourselves and each other. The Baradian action research element imagines participants as accomplices in a broader project of understanding our complicity in colonialism and disrupting our own Pakeha defensiveness. This approach accounts for the inevitability that our encounters facilitate change, in both the research and the participants, through involvement in the thesis. I draw heavily on literature across the themes of whiteness, white fragility, settler colonialism, Pakeha identity, ignorance, uncertainty, discomfort and ethical engagement. I find that there is a high degree of alignment between the theory and the experiences of my participants. This holds both in terms of the problem space they recognise in Aotearoa, and the way they navigate complicity, seek to make space, catch ongoing colonial processes in their own ways of being and reach toward uncertain futures.”
If you have an interest in promoting humanism in NZ we would welcome you onto our committee. With this new era of Zoom you do not need to be Wellington based. If there are issues you would like raised at the AGM please outline and send to [email protected]