LHP AGM for 2020: Politics in a time of crisis

You are warmly invited to the Labour History Project AGM for 2020: ‘Politics in a time of crisis’. This year’s AGM shines the historical spotlight on unemployment with talks by three guest speakers: Malcolm McKinnon, Cybèle Locke and Sam Orchard. The Bert Roth Award for Labour History 2020 will also be announced.

When: Tuesday 11 August, 2020. 5.30pm nibbles, 6pm AGM starts
Where: National Library of New Zealand auditorium, Aitken Street, Wellington

Malcolm McKinnon, ‘Politics and protest in a time of crisis: New Zealand 1930-35’
Malcolm McKinnon is a Wellington historian. He is the author of ‘The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39’ (Otago University Press, 2016)

Cybèle Locke, ‘Snapshots of the 1930s Depression: Ratana, Unemployed Workers and Trade Unions’
Cybèle Locke is a labour historian and works at Victoria University of Wellington. She has long been interested in the history of organised unemployed and beneficiaries in Aotearoa. Cybèle’s AGM talk draws on her PhD thesis, ‘Demanding Jobs with Justice: The Organisation of Maaori and Paakehaa Unemployed in Aotearoa/New Zealand During the 1930s and 1980s’.

Sam Orchard, ‘We are Beneficiaries: using art to share stories’
Sam Orchard is committed to building a world where our many differences and complexities are celebrated. He writes comics, essays and children’s books, creates animated videos, podcasts, and resources with this aim. Sam’s recent activism projects include ‘We Are Beneficiaries’ and ‘Out Loud Aotearoa’. As part of these he organized and engaged other artists and writers to drive social change in New Zealand. These projects gained international attention across social media and news sites, amplifying viewpoints which are often missing from public discourse. Sam’s comics and resources about sexuality, sex and gender have been used internationally by SOGI advocates. Sam is currently working on his first full length graphic novel.

Refreshments provided.

We hope to also live stream this event for those who cannot attend in person.