Call for Papers: Celebration of the Life of Julius von Haast

The Celebration of the Life of Julius von Haast symposium, to be held in Christchurch to mark the 200th anniversary of Haast’s birth, invites abstracts for papers and presentations.

Haast111The symposium will take place on the weekend of 30 April – 1 May 2022. There will be presentations on different aspects of Haast's life and career as well as his longer-term impact on Canterbury Museum and in other spheres.

The symposium is organised by Canterbury Museum and interested researchers from other institutions. It will be live-streamed and recorded so that people from New Zealand and overseas can participate if they are unable to travel to Christchurch, or if the Covid-19 situation makes it necessary to have a completely online conference.

There are several ways to participate:

  • Attend in person at the symposium in Christchurch
  • Attend the symposium virtually during the weekend event
  • Watch and listen to recorded presentations after the symposium
  • Present in person at the symposium in Christchurch
  • Present a paper live via video conference and engage in a Q&A session (optional)
  • Contribute a pre-recorded presentation to be made available from the date of the event
  • Submit a paper for peer-reviewed publication in Records of the Canterbury Museum or a similar publication

The symposium is an opportunity to look critically at Haast's life and discuss what he did (or didn't) achieve, as well as the impact of colonial attitudes on museums, collecting and exploring as they relate to Haast. We welcome mana whenua perspectives on Haast’s geographical “discoveries”, naming and collecting.

Broad themes of the symposium include:

  • Biography – Haast's life, achievements, family and contemporaries, etc.
  • Museology – Haast and the founding and development of Canterbury Museum
  • Natural History – Haast and natural history research and collections, exchanges, nomenclature, etc.
  • Exploration – Haast’s explorations and travels, e.g. surveys and fieldwork
  • Academia – Haast and the establishment of learned societies and institutions, e.g. the founding of the Canterbury Philosophical Society and Canterbury College/University, etc.
  • Correspondence – manuscripts and archives, exploring the history of science and Haast’s scientific networking based on research utilising the UNESCO Memory of the World inscribed Sir Julius von Haast Collection held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.


The deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations is 27 February 2022. The decision about whether a presentation will be included in the conference will be advised by 10 March 2022.


Presenters are also welcome to submit a paper to a special symposium issue of the peer-reviewed journal Records of Canterbury Museum. When submitting the abstract for your presentation, please indicate whether you also wish to submit a paper for publication. Completed papers will need to be submitted by the date of the conference, 30 April 2022, to be considered for inclusion.


Please ensure you have the following ready before submitting your abstract:

  • Contact details for the corresponding author (the person who will receive all communication regarding the submission)
  • Title of presentation or paper – no more than 20 words
  • Abstract – no more than 400 words (without illustrations)
  • Photo of presenting author – a recent portrait photo of each presenting author. Photos should be no larger than 200 px wide and preferably be a jpeg file.
  • Names and affiliations of all authors linked to the submission
  • Biography of authors – no more than 100 words
  • State whether you also wish to submit a paper for publication

 The email address for submissions or enquiries is