Dr Simon Paul Barber
PhD, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London
Since my undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland my research interests have centred in the ongoing colonial encounter between Māori and Pākehā. Following this I completed my Masters at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London and subsequently received an Arts Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship. I completed my doctorate in the Centre for Research Architecture, also at Goldsmiths. As part of my doctoral research I undertook a postgraduate diploma in Ahunga Tikanga (Māori Laws and Philosophy) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Otāki. Attempting to establish a perspective based on my learning at the University and the Wānanga my thesis traced the clash and entanglement of Māori and Pākehā worlds through ongoing processes of colonisation. In my own research, My specific focus is on Te Waipounamu (the South Island) where my people Ngāi Tahu/Kāi Tahu are tangata whenua.
I am currently co-editing a book (Through That Which Separates Us) centred around themes of deportation, incarceration, and colonialism, to be released early this year in conjunction with an exhibition of Cushla Donaldson and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s artistic work on the same themes. I am the coordinator for the University of Auckland Critical Theory Network, a cross-disciplinary group of academics and students working on, or interested in, the terrain of contemporary critical theory.