AUT - Geraldene Peters


Dr Geraldene Peters

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Senior Lecturer, Documentary and Media Studies

Phone: +64 09 921 9999 extn. 6267


Physical Address:

for courier

school of communication studies
auckland university of technology /
te wānanga aronui o tamaki makau rau
reception at floor 12
wg precinct
gate 4
governor fitzroy place
auckland cbd


Postal Address:
school of communication studies
auckland university of technology /
te wānanga aronui o tamaki makau rau
private bag 92006
auckland 1142
aotearoa /new zealand

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BA Well.; MA (1st Hons), PhD Auck.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Convenor: Expanding Documentary Conference 2011
  • Advisory Board Member: Documentary New Zealand Trust
  • Trustee: John Miller Photography Trust
  • Coordinator:  Community Media Interest Group. Colab. 2010 - present
  • Chair:  School Research Committee 2011
  • School Research Committee 2007 - present
  • School Diversity and Equity Committee 2007 - present
  • Multimodal Research Centre 2008 - present
  • School Ethics Advisor and Research Administrator 2008
  • Pacific Media Centre Board member 2007
  • Documentary Conference Co-organiser:  University of Auckland.   Thinking Markets? (1998);  Documentary Sites (2000); Documentary Matters (2002).  In collaboration with industry and international guest speakers.
  • Documentary Conference:  In Reality (1996).  Member of organising team.


In broad terms, with a focus on documentary media, my research engages with an exploration of the politics and ethnographic experience of identity and place across moving and still images within Aotearoa/New Zealand (and elsewhere). I am especially interested in how class and ethnicity are articulated and responded to through media forms on the outskirts of mass communication - in particular domestic, community and arts-based media.

I graduated with a PhD in 2006 having written a thesis about Left documentary in Aotearoa/New Zealand with Roger Horrocks; and was also fortunate enough to spend a year on the History of Consciousness graduate programme at UC Santa Cruz with James Clifford.  Since undergraduate theatre and film study at Victoria University with Russell Campbell, my interests have been characterised by an exploration of relationships between moving image theory and practice.  I’ve accumulated production experience since 1991 as a researcher, production manager and assistant editor across a range of documentary modes from small format community video to international films, as well as working with media collectives and local social justice movements.  I’ve taught film and media studies at universities here and in the United States since 1992, and these experiences have informed my current pedagogical interests in research and creative practice, teaching and supervising an inspirational group of students.

Teaching Areas:

PhD, MCS, MPhil and BCs (Hons) supervision; Documentary, Film and Media theory and history; Research-led documentary practice; Cultural Studies; Visual Culture; Film, Media and Cultural Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand; Community media practices; Postgraduate research methods; Postgraduate research ethics.

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate:  Image & Sound; Popular Culture; Media Communications 1 & 3.

Postgraduate:  Documentary: theorising practice; Research Methods; Media & Cultural Studies (2012)

Postgraduate Supervisions:


  • PhD. Azadeh Emadi:  Pa Dar Hava (Feet in the Air) - an unfolding of a Middle Eastern space of exile in installation.
  • Masters. Erica D'Souza.  Reception study among audiences in India of two political documentaries.  Documentary; reception studies; the films of Anand Patwardhan.
  • Masters. Sophie Johnson.  Maori documentary in the mainstream.  Indigenous media; documentary; production contexts; kaupapa maori methodologies.
  • Masters. Sacha Willetts.  The impact of images of beauty in teenage girl magazines. Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), semiotics, feminist studies, reception studies.
  • MPhil. David Hughes.  Multimodal Analysis of New Zealand Documentary.  Documentary, docudrama, multimodal analysis.
  • BA (Hons). Ursula Hartmann-Williams.  Indigenous stories: past , present and inbetween. Research-led documentary practice (video).
  • MPhil. Ainsley Breault.  Native Noise:  Māori popular music and indigenous cultural identity.  Research-led documentary practice (video); rockumentary; ethnography, ethics.
  • Masters. Anna McKessar. Five hours with Raja.  Research-led documentary practice (video).
  • BA (Hons). Craig Gainsborough-Waring. NGO advocacy documentary. Research-led documentary practice (video and flash platform); ethnography.
  • BA (Hons). Sacha Willetts.  Discourses of beauty in teenage girl magazines. CDA, feminist studies.

Research areas:

Documentary, Media and Film  theory and history; Research-led Documentary practice; Cultural Studies; Visual culture; Film, Media and Cultural Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand; Community and radical/alternative media practices.

Current Research Projects:

  • Community Media in Latin America:  a documentary and multimedia project.  With Dr. Kathryn Lehman, University of Auckland.
  • Audience reception study of Aotearoa/New Zealand documentary, Patu!
  • Media coverage of land alienation issues in 1970s Aotearoa:  online database and photographic project.  With John Miller.
  • The documentary photography of John Miller.  With John Miller.
  • Workers and documentary film in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Book Chapters

  • 2011.  Political and Alternative Filmmaking: WWII to 1950. New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History.  Eds. Lawrence. MacDonald, Frank Stark & Diane Pivac. Wellington: Te Papa Press.
  • 2008.  with John Miller. Darcy Lange - Working In Fragments. Darcy Lange: Study of an Artist at Work.  Ed. Mercedes Vicente.  Birmingham: Ikon Gallery.
  • 2007.  Lives of Their Own: Films By Merata Mita. New Zealand Filmmakers. Eds. Ian Conrich & Stuart Murray. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. (Available via GoogleBooks).

Encyclopedia Articles

  • 2011 (forthcoming). Patu!.  Making Film and Television Histories. Eds. Rebecca Beirne and James Bennett.  London:  I.B. Tauris.
  • 2011.  Māori Media and Social Movements in Aotearoa. Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. Ed. John Downing. London: Sage Publications.
  • 2006.  Merata Mita.  Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. Ed. Ian Aitken. New York & London: Routledge.
  • 2006.  Underground/Activist Documentary: Aotearoa New Zealand. Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. Ed. Ian Aitken. New York & London: Routledge.

Review Essays

  • 2010.  Images of Dignity. CNZS Bulletin of New Zealand Studies 2:  293-295.
  • 2008.  Untitled: Jayce Salloum. Broadsheet: Contemporary Visual Art & Culture 37.2: 140-143.
  • 2004.  Agit-doc. Red & Green - A New Zealand Journal of Left Alternatives. Vol 4: 150-153.

Study Guide

Unpublished Thesis

  • 2006.  Oppositional Voices: Radical Left Documentary in Aotearoa/New Zealand. PhD thesis, The University of Auckland.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • 2010.   Patu! Documentary and Bi-cultural Revolutions. [Abstract].  Visible Evidence XVII.  Turkey:  Bogazici University, Istanbul. 9-12 Aug. 2010.
  • 2009.   Unsettled - Darcy Lange's Maori Land Project (revised). [Abstract]. International Visual Sociology Conference. England: University of Cumbria. 22-24 Jul. 2009.
  • 2007.   Patu! Now. [Abstract], Our Media / Nuestros Medios VI: Conference Abstracts, 66-67, Sydney, Australia
  • 2007.   Vanguard Films and Wildcat: Radical Left Documentary in Aotearoa New Zealand. [Abstract], Trans Tasman Labour History: Comparative or Transnational? Trans-Tasman Labour History Conference [Proceedings], 105, AUT University, Auckland, NZ


  • 2010. “People’s Media Aotearoa/Venezuela!” project team.  Winners of DocLab best documentary project pitch
  • 2000.  National Fellowship. New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women
  • 1999.  Attendance Grant. 45th Flaherty Documentary Seminar. Duke University, North Carolina. United States
  • 1998.  Harriet Jenkins Award. New Zealand Federation of University Women
  • 1998.  University of Auckland Graduate Research Fund
  • 1998.  International Student Fees Waiver. University of California, EAP Reciprocity Programme. GRE informed selection for the History of Consciousness Graduate Programme: University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1997.  University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
  • 1990.  Wai-te-ata Press Prize for Film Studies. Victoria University of Wellington

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