Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison

"My research interests are wide and varied. I started before my PhD as an English language teacher, so I have done quite a lot of work into second language acquisition research. Currently, my main research focus is on film, in particular French and American film noir and the cinema of Alain Resnais. I am also working on the reception of New Zealand film and literature in France, particularly in terms of the representation of Māori. My interest in those fields comes from the fact that I am part Māori (iwi: Ngati Kahungunu; hapu: Rakaipaaka, Ngati Pahauwera) and am interested in other indigenous cultures and literatures, the reception of Māori literature and film, and the representation of Māori in France.

"Another important area of interest for me is translation studies: in particular, audio-visual translation, the translation of Pacific literatures and post-colonial theory as it relates to translation studies.

"In terms of the qualities that I would look for in a postgraduate student - I think they are similar qualities that you would expect in a budding academic. The first thing is that you have to be passionately interested in the topic, you have to really want to find out more about the field whatever it is, and you have to have new and interesting questions. I think you also need to be able to think outside the square, you have to be prepared to work hard, but most of all - enthusiastic.

"One of my more interesting roles for European Studies is that of Equity Coordinator. It means we are increasingly more able to look after Māori and Pacific students, some of whom have always done incredibly well in European languages. We are hoping that our strong Tuakana programme will attract increasing numbers of Māori and Pacific students in all of our languages."

Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison

Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison

School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics
Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 88311

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