Ka Haka - Māori and Indigenous Development Symposium

Olds ways of knowing, new ways of doing

Rosanna Raymond

Following the success of Ka Haka! Empowering Performance – the inaugural Māori and Indigenous Performance Studies Symposium (AUT, 2016), we partner with 8th IIRC 2018 to present: Ka Haka II 'Old ways of knowing, new ways of doing'.

We invite proposals for papers and other presentations on the power of authentic Indigenous performance.

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.

  • What can authentic Indigenous performance do?
  • How might the performances we create and watch be seen to be authentic?
  • What can authentic Indigenous performance do for us: socially, culturally, politically, personally?
  • How, that is, is performance performative — constructive of memory and identity, of time and place?
  • How can Indigenous performance in the 21st century be seen to touch on commonalities across the differences and particularities of cultures worldwide?
  • What are the limits — social, political, ethical — to the authenticity of performance? How do we make performances authentic? How do performances empower us? Or not?

Registration Fees

Fees will be confirmed soon.


Thursday 15 February 2018

Submissions Open

Monday 2 April 2018

Early-bird submissions close

Friday 1 June 2018

General submissions close

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Early-bird registration closes
All presenters will need to have registered to attend the conference to guarantee a place in the programme.

Monday 1 October 2018

General registration closes

Monday 12 November 2018

IIRC 2018 begins with pre-conference workshops

Friday 16 November 2018

IIRC 2018 closes

Proudly supported by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga


Image: Rosanna Raymond
Photographer: Kerry Brown
A collaboration with Amanda Luise Barnes & Rosanna Raymond

Last updated: 23-Feb-2018 10.13am

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