Dr Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul

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Professor in Spatial Design and Postgraduate Studies

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8240

Email: tina.engels@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:

School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

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2000 PhD (Education and Art History), The University of Auckland. Myth, Symbol, Ornament: the Loss of Meaning in Transition.

1999 Graduate Diploma in Higher Education, Unitec Institute of Technology

1991 Registered Interior Architect, Architektenkammer Hessen (Chamber of Architects, Hessen), Germany

1985 MFA (Hons), Elam School of Fine Arts, Designing and Manufacturing in New Zealand.

1978 Dipl. Des. Interior Architecture, h-da (Germany)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • 2017- Member IPPh (Institut für Praxis der Philosophy), Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2014 Member Architecture+Women NZ
  • 2014 Editorial Board member of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts
  • 2013- Vā Moana/Pacific Spaces research cluster
  • 2013 Editorial Board member of Knowledge Cultures (Addleton Academic Publishers, New York)
  • 2012 Member International Board of University of Waikato's Centre of Global Studies
  • 2011 Member Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)
  • 2009 Kaupapa Whanau member of Ngā Aho (Network of Māori Design Professionals).
  • 2009 Member Architectural Humanities Research Association AHRA, UK.
  • 2008 Member Media and Interdisciplinary Arts Centre / MIC Toi Rerehiko.
  • 2006 Member Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).
  • 2006 Member Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ).
  • 2006 ICDC (Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication) Research Associate, AUT.
  • 2005 Executive Editor of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts
  • 2003 Editorial Board Member of ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education
  • 2002 Invited member of Werkbundakademie Darmstadt e.V., Germany, a Deutscher Werkbund Initiative. 


Born in Germany, Tina first came to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1982 and has since spent extended periods in both countries. This edge condition has given her research and teaching a particular focus on cross- or transcultural research in art, architecture, design, and performance in Aotearoa, the Pacific, and Europe. A design practitioner since 1978, she entered academia in 1993 and completed her PhD thesis at The University of Auckland in 2000. As Professor in Spatial Design, and Leading Researcher at AUT, Tina continues to research and publish about the pitfalls and potentials of relationships between cultures, see below. She welcomes new Masters and PhD theses applicants in her area of expertise and would be delighted to discuss their proposals.

With Albert Refiti, Tina initiated a School of Art and Design research group, Pacific Spaces, to continue the work of the postgraduate Māori + Oceanic Space Research Cluster in Spatial Design. She conducts research with Albert into the role of traditional indigenous art and architecture in the globalised leisure industries. A current project focuses on past and present global movements of Māori wharenui and Samoan fale houses and the roles they play in the performance of Pacific identities when displayed overseas. The research has a trans-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspective and fosters new forms of collaboration. In 2014-16, this research is presented at Pacific Spaces Panels, convened by Albert and Tina at conferences in Kona, Santa Fe, Brussels, San Diego, Kaua'i and Munch.

Another research interest stems from Tina's supervision of creative-practice led PhD theses and more generally her engagement as PhD/MPhil programme leader. Considering the theoretical underpinnings of practice-led PhD research, and a growing interest in the less chartered regions of PhD research has led to a book publication, Of Other Thoughts: Non-traditional Approaches to the Doctorate (co-edited with Prof. Michael A. Peters). It explores aspects of PhD candidatures that lie outside the academic mainstream – from ontology to action. From 2005 to 2014, Tina was executive editor, with Dr. Ross Jenner, of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts and co-convenor of the annual symposium.

Prior to taking up lecturing, Tina worked for sixteen years as a designer across a variety of fields in Europe and New Zealand. Former employers include the Deutscher Werkbund (German Werkbund) and the Messe Frankfurt Gmbh. Tina has presented at universities and conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, USA, UK, Denmark, Belgium, Turkey and Germany.

Teaching Areas:

Interstices 15 (online)
Interstices 14
Interstices 14, 2013
Interstices 13
Interstices 13, 2012
Interstices 12
Interstices 12, 2011
Interstices 11
Interstices 11, 2010
Interstices 10
Interstices 10, 2009
Interstices 9
Interstices 9, 2008
Interstices 8
Interstices 8, 2007
Interstices 7
Interstices 7, 2006
Interstices 6
Interstices 6, 2005

Trans-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives in art, design and architecture. | The role of traditional indigenous art and architecture, particularly from Aotearoa and the Pacific, in diasporic and globalised contexts (see Pacific Spaces research cluster). | The role of non-traditional knowledges and research approaches in PhD education (indigenous, feminist, ecologist, social activist, creative practice-led, transdisciplinary, transcultural; see Of Other Thoughts: Non-traditional Approaches to the Doctorate).

Postgraduate Supervisions:


Carl Douglas - PhD (Practice-led) - Strange Relations: A design inquiry into infrastructure as topological place.
Fleur Palmer - PhD (Practice-led) - Building Sustainable Papakāinga to Support Māori Aspirations for Self-determination
Albert L. Refiti - PhD - Mavae and Tofiga: The Spatial Exposition of Samoan Architecture
Azadeh Emadi - PhD (Creative practice-led) - Motion within Motion: Investigating digital video in light of  Substantial Motion
Peter Gilderdale - PhD - Hands Across the Sea: Situating an Edwardian Postcard Practice

Moana Nepia - PhD (Creative practice-led) - Te Kore - Exploring the Māori concept of void
Gabriella Emma Kahurangi Trussardi - PhD (Creative practice-led) - Patterns of corporeality: the grotesque text/ile body
Benita Simati Kumar - MA&D - The Potential of Vā. An investigation of how 'Ie Tōga activate the spatial relationships of the Vā, for a Samoan Diaspora community
Azadeh Emadi - MA&D - Sokout, 1388 - Body in the space of border
David Thomas - MA&D - Creative Reportage (story-making from the social terrain of the everyday)
Kahutoi Te Kanawa - MA&D - Toi Māramatanga
Elvon Young - MA&D - Lines of Flight. Awareness and Integration of Disjunctive Slips and Leaps of Faith in Emergent and Generative Systems
Erna Stachl - MA&D - My Lucky Valentine: an exploration of tactility and the narrative
Israe Paraone - MA&D - Urban voodoo: an ambiguity document, seeking to record the disruption of language through imitation
Jules Findlay - MA&D - Mrs Gallagher, Acts of disobedience: performance and installation in rural New Zealand
David James - MA&D - Travelling space: locating in-between
Heidi Xu - MA&D - Between Likeness and Unlikeness: A fusion of Chinese ink painting aesthetics into the medium of photography
Yong Kwong Vei - MA&D - Auckland Mediatheque: Filmic Architecture(s)


Marina Alofagia McCartney – PhD (Creative practice-led) – Moana Cinema: What lies behind the Oceanic lens?
Narjis Mirza – PhD (Creative practice-led) – Act of Being and Digital Becoming.
Sue Gallagher – PhD (Creative practice-led) – Head Space Home Body
I‘uogafa Tuagalu – PhD – The ontology of the Samoan concept of vā (Space); and the evolution of the 19th Century Samoan worldview
Lisa Waldner - PhD (Creative practice-led) - Climate projections – What the public need to know
Lindsay Neill - PhD -  In what ways do kiwi identity and kiwiana hold relevance for non-Pakeha migrant communities?
Lana Lopesi - MPhil - Chatrooms, threads and tweets: indigenous material culture online as archival objects.


Research Interests

My research interests are closely intertwined with personal, political, pedagogical and professional engagements, which inform research and teaching practices. They cluster around interfaces and thresholds - literal and metaphorical. I am particularly fascinated by differences and commonalities in what can be known from different view points, in difference knowledge systems, and how those different view points can enrich each other.

Selected Presentations and Publications

Engels-Schwarzpaul, A.-C. (2018). Making space for the political: disagreement about traditions in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Paper presented at the IASTE: The Politics of Tradition, Oct 4-7 2018, Coimbra (Portugal)
Engels-Schwarzpaul, A.-C. (2018). Vā, hau, mauri, qi, atmosphere: Alternative concepts of space, spirit and power. Paper presented at the ISU.CoD.DoA Session "Weather Permitting", Venice Architecture Biennale, 14-16 Sept 2018, Venice (Italy).
Böhme, G., & Engels-Schwarzpaul, A. C. (2017).Atmospheric architectures: The aesthetics of felt spaces (A. C. Engels-Schwarzpaul, Trans.). London, UK: Bloomsbury
Engels-Schwarzpaul, A.-C. (2017). Towards the Inside of Atmospheres: Translator's Introduction (A. C. Engels-Schwarzpaul, Trans.). In A.-C. Engels-Schwarzpaul (Ed.), Atmospheric architectures: The aesthetics of felt spaces (pp. 1-11). London, UK: Bloomsbury.
Engels-Schwarzpaul, A.-C. (2017). Traveling houses: Performing diasporic relationships in Europe. Contemporary Pacific, 29(1), 38-64.
Engels-Schwarzpaul, A.-C. (2017). Binding and arresting: surface and pattern in a contemporary traditional Pacific building. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 18, 51-63.
Engels-Schwarzpaul, A. -C. (2017). The Offerings of Fringe Figures and Migrants. In C. Mika, & M. A. Peters (Eds.), Blind, or keenly self-regarding: The dilemma of Western philosophy. Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge.
(2017). Iconic houses: Afterlife and new beginnings. Paper presented at the 2017 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO), Kauai'i (HI), USA.
(2016). The Real Wilderness is Outside: Tropical Island Resort in Germany. In K. K. Ashraf (Ed.), Locations. Anthology of architecture and urbanism (Vol. 1, pp. 48-55). Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Novato, CA: Bengal Foundation and ORO Editions.
Silences Generating Space. Paper presented at The Place of Silence: Experience, Environment, Affekt conference. Edinburgh. With Carl Mika.
(2016). Material splendour: a contribution to the critique aesthetic economy. In S. K. Löschke (Ed.), Materiality and Architecture (pp. 47-58). Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge. Scholarly translation of Böhme, G. (2013) "Der Glanz des Materials" in Atmosphäre: Essays zur neuen Ästhetik. Frankfurt a.M.. GER: Suhrkamp Verlag, 49-65.
(2016) Border Crossings: Introduction to Special Issue "Of Other Thoughts and Renegade Knowledges: Transformative potential in postgraduate supervisions", Knowledge Cultures 4(1): 11-24.
2016 (9-13 February). Travelling houses: Translation, change and ambivalence. Paper presented at the 2016 Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO),  San Diego.
2015 (5-7 November). Spaces of appearance: Atmospheres and ecstasies across cultures. Paper presented at the ARCHTHEO '15 conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
2015 (27-29 July). Atmosphere: In-betweenness and intercultural spatial production. Paper presented at the Production Sites Symposium, Bartlett School of Architecture/UCL, London, UK.
2015 (25 June). Performing diasporic relationships: Pacific houses in Europe. Paper presented at the 10th Conference of the European Society for Oceanists: Europe and the Pacific, Brussels, Belgium.
2015 (24 -27 June). Pacific spaces – performing identities in diasporic networks. Conference session panel convened at the 10th Conference of the European Society for Oceanists: Europe and the Pacific, Brussels, Belgium. With Albert Refiti.
2015 (13 Feb). Travelling Houses. Pacific architecture in the diaspora. Public lecture at the School of Architecture, University of Hawai'i, Manoa. With Albert Refiti.
2015 (11 Feb). Pacific Spaces. Architectures of appropriation. Lecture at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i, Manoa. With Albert Refiti.
2015 (3–7 Feb). Travelling houses: global encounters. Paper presented at the 2015 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO), Santa Fe (NM), USA.
(3–7 Feb). Pacific Spaces and Sacred Buildings. Working session panel convened at the 2015 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO), Santa Fe (NM), USA. With Albert Refiti.
2015. Response. Educational Philosophy and Theory.
2015. The Ignorant Supervisor: About Common Worlds, Epistemological Modesty and Distributed Knowledge. ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies (with Educational Philosophy and Theory), 33(1), 1-15. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1041443 
2015. The Offerings of Fringe Figures and Migrants. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(11), 1211-1226. doi:10.1080/00131857.2014.991504
2014. Of Other Thoughts and Renegade Knowledges: Transformative Potential in Postgraduate Supervisions. Paper presented at The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), 44th Annual Conference: Education as Philosophies of Engagement - Ko te kōrero. Hamilton: The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA).
2014. Border traffic: crossing academic boundaries. Symposium panel convened at The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), 44th Annual Conference: Education as Philosophies of Engagement - Ko te kōrero. Hamilton: The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA).
2014. Engels-Schwarzpaul, Cosmopolitan Outlook: Opening Doors and Letting Learn. In G. Lazaroiu (Ed.), Liber amicorum: A Philosophical Conversation among Friends. A Festschrift for Michael A. Peters (Readings in Contemporary Philosophy) (pp. 159-168). New York, NY: Addleton Academic Publishers.
2014. A Fale Samoa at Tropical Islands Resort, Germany: Performing Samoa to the World. In Tracing Footprints of Tomorrow: Past lessons, present stories, future lives. Proceedings of Samoa Conference II (4-8 July 2011). With Benita Kumar Simati.
2014. Performing Space and Identity. Public Lecture at the Centers of Korean Studies and Pacific Islanders Studies, University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.
2013. Of Other Thoughts: Non-traditional ways to the doctorate. A guidebook for candidates and supervisors. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. Edited collection with Michael Adrian Peters. [final draft versions of additional chapters available here]
2013. Indigenising research at AUT School of Art and Design: A report on experience. In C. Jenkin (ed.) EOPHEA 2011 Ngā reo mō te tika: Voices for Equity (pp. 48-71). EPHEA.

2012. "Fale Samoa and Europe’s Extended Boundaries: Performing Place and Identity". In R. Agarez, N. Mota, H. Heynen, & J. Gosseye,  Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the European Architectural History Network, Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten, Brussels. pp. 337-344. With Albert L. Refiti.

2012. Globalised Desk-top Skirmishes? Reporting from the colonies. In U. Brandes & M. Erlhoff (Eds.), My Desk is my Castle. Exploring Personalisation Cultures (pp. 210-228). Basel: Birkhäuser Architecture.

2011. Restless Containers: Thinking interior space – across cultures. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 12, 11-22.

2011. Thresholds as Spaces of Potentiality: Non-traditional PhD Candidatures in Art and Design. ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies, 30(2), 1-14. With Azadeh Emadi.

2011. Constructing Critiques of Ornament: What can we know? anti-po-des design research journal, 1(1), 53-71. 

2011 Architecture As an Art of Immersion. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 12, 105-109. (Scholarly translation of Sloterdijk, P. (2006). Architektur Als Immersionskunst. Arch+, 178(June), 58-63.)

2011 MobMobility - Köln International Summit on Design "Design between Utopia and Dystopia". Invited expert to co-host 1.5 days of workshop exploration of individual mass mobility, with Paolo Tuminelli (KISD - Chair), Tim Marshall (NY, Vice-President/Provost The New School University) and Regula Stämpfli (Brussels/Bern, Author, Moderator, Director IFG ULM).

2010 Technologies of Research and Teaching in the Pacific. Paper presented at GLIDE10 - Global Interaction in Design :: A virtual conference and research hub, 20 October. New York: BaoHouse and Rensselaer. With Dale Fitchett.

2009 Take me away ... In search of original dwelling. Interstices - Journal of Architecture and Related Arts (10 Adam's House in Paradise), 42-54. With Keri-Anne Wikitera.

2009 Out there: Whare and Fale Performing Abroad. In Gatley, J. (Ed.) Cultural Crossroads: Proceedings of the 26th International SAHANZ Conference (Auckland, NZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2009) [CD-Rom].

2009 Counter Currents: Whare Nui and Fale Abroad. Paper presented at The Pacific Connection - Trade, Travel & Technology Transfer conference, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, University of Melbourne, 19-21 February 2009, pp38-46, with Keri-Anne Wikitera.

2008 At a Loss for Words? Hostile to Language? Interpretation in Creative Practice-Led PhD Projects. Working Papers in Art and Design, 5.

2008 Staging Visibility, Paper presented at PSI # 14: INTERREGNUM: In Between States. University of Copenhagen: Performance Studies International, 20th - 24th August.

2007 Tillers of the soil/traveling journeymen: Modes of the virtual, Transformations. Walter Benjamin and the Virtual: Politics, Art, and Mediation in the Age of Global Culture (Vol. 15).

2007 Travel in Tropical Islands : Enemies Coexisting in Peace. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 8 - Disagreement.

2007 'A warm gray fabric lined on the inside with the most lustrous and colourful of silks': Dreams of airships and tropical islands. The Journal of Architecture, 12(5). Manuscript available here.

2006 -13.833333/-171.73334 in 51.466667/14.766666. Whose Tropics, Whose Fale? In T. McMinn, J. Stephens & S. Basson (Eds.), SAHANZ 2006 CONTESTED TERRAINS (Vol. XXIII, pp. 119-126). Fremantle: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia New Zealand .

2006 Wai 262 Claim. Interested Group Submission from the Designers' Institute of New Zealand Inc. Auckland: DINZ Designers' Institute of New Zealand, 2006, with Carin Wilson and Michael Smythe.

2006 Silence and Forgetting. Paper presented at the Public Lecture Series accompanying the THE INCONCEIVABLE exhibition, St. Paul St Gallery, Auckland.

2005 Introduction Animal/Impulse. Interstices - Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 06, 4-7, with Ross Jenner and Albert Refiti.

2005 'Bovine Buildings. Interview with Anthony Hoete'. Interstices - Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 06, 96-103, with Ross Jenner and Albert Refiti.

2005 Dislocating William and Rau: "Rau's isn't Māori and he's not from or in New Zealand", Online Working Papers in Communication Research Volume 2. Locations and Locutions: Constituting Identity in Language and Place. Centre for Communication Research, Auckland University of Technology.

2005 From the In-Between: Revealing the World Differently, Proceedings of The 8th Bi-Annual National Art Educators Conference - "Te Whakatere: Navigating with the Arts in the Pacific" (19.-21.04.2005) (pp.22-26). Palmerston North: Massey University, College of Education.

2005 Reflections on the Pedagogical Implications of "From the In-Between": A Dialogue. Proceedings of The 8th Bi-Annual National Art Educators Conference - "Te Whakatere: Navigating with the Arts in the Pacific" (pp. 26-28). Palmerston North: Massey University, College of Education, with Graham Price.

2005 Frontiers of shame and repulsion Interstices - Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 06 , 61-72.

2005 Internationalism, Education and Governmentality: Critical perspectives. ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies, 23 (2), 1-11, with Dr. Elizabeth Grierson.

2003 'Ways of Appropriating - Culture as resource and standing reserve'. ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education, 22, 35-46.

2004 The Gift of Truth Lecture in Spatial Design Theory, AUT School of Art and Design.

2003 Curricularising Cultural Practice: Ornament's Station. In E. Grierson & J. Mansfield (Hrsg.), The Arts in Education: Critical Perspectives from Aotearoa. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 199-220.

2003 Pulled Up Short - Ornament in Design Education and Research. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. Te Hautaka Maatai Maatauranga o Aotearoa, 38(1), 19-35.

2003 Wenn einer eine Reise tut ... Ornament im Transit. hfg forum 18: Search and Research. (Journal of the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach - Frankfurt University ), 48-56.

2002 Myth, Symbol, Ornament: the Loss of Meaning in Transition. Ann Harbour (MI): UMI.

2001 Ornamental symbolism: Means of persuasion and narratives of identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Proceedings of SAHANZ 18th Annual Conference. In the Making: Architecture's Past. Darwin , Australia : SAHANZ - Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand , 109-22.

2001 A Red Line / An Aesthetics of Process. Brief(22), 47-52. with Dorina Jotti [an exploration of aesthetics, process and politics by two immigrants to Aotearoa, pertaining to the confrontation with the colonial history of, in this case, Okahu Bay]

2001 Re-Packaging Arts and Re-Constituting Life-Worlds. ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education, 20 (1), 56-70.

1999 Messing with ornament: theories and impure subjects. Divarifications: Aesthetics, art education, and culture. ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education, 18 (1 Spring), 71-88.

Research Areas:

Cultural/postcolonial studies perspectives on architecture, design and postgraduate education, interlacing European and indigenous Pacific philosophies, histories, and artistic and spatial practices.

Research Summary:

Ever since my PhD thesis (2001), I have explored historical and contemporary overlaps and gaps between Māori and Pacific and Western knowledge practices, working alongside similarly broadly oriented researchers from mostly Māori and Pacific backgrounds.

Current Research Projects:

  1. Vā Moana:   space and relationality in Pacific thought and identity

    Researchers: Dr A Refiti, Dr Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Dr B Lythberg, Dr O Mahina, Dr T Tengan, Dr B Graham, I’uogafa Tuagalu, Lana Lopesi.

    This project grew out of a sustained collaboration between mostly Pacific scholars, particularly with Albert Refiti, which was formalised in 2012 by the founding of the Pacific Spaces Research Cluster at the School of Art + Design, Auckland University of Technology. Questions concerning wā/vā/space in Pacific thinking and practices have always been pivotal to our research projects. However, we have not yet been able to address some fundamental questions regarding the development of these notions, before and since colonisation, their place in various Pacific cosmologies, and the different ways in which wā/vā/space has featured in key relational concepts supporting Māori and Pacific communities in metropolitan diasporas in and outside the Pacific. This project finally addresses some of these questions in a systematic manner by focusing on the areas of architecture, art, performance and education. The collaboration is inspired by the work of Auckland-based Māori and Pacific artists and intellectuals forging visions of new cultural identities for the 21st century.

    Vā Moana/Pacific Spaces research cluster

  2. Tupua:   Iconic Afterlife and New Beginnings

    Researchers: Dr Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Dr Albert Refiti, I’uogafa Tuagalu, Nooroa Tapuni.

    This project initiates investigations into transformative appropriations and iconic power in the Pacific. In collaboration with researchers in the Pacific, Aotearoa New Zealand and Europe, it traces historic and contemporary exchanges of iconic images and objects through migration, trade, tourism and curation. At the interface of Western and Indigenous Pacific knowledges, and from different perspectives on a shared heritage, we explore the latter’s Nachleben (survival) and new beginnings. From this, we will develop theories pairing tupua and the iconic (“the nested ideas of icon, iconic power, iconosphere, and icon-ology”) that will help better to understand material cultural exchange. To identify how Pacific, Aotearoa New Zealand and European experiences of Pacific icons intersect in the (ex)change of concepts and images, expert interviews and material from Pacific and European archives are analysed, compared with current practices and then further teased out in creative practice-led research processes.

    A consideration of the iconic has widespread implications: it can help understand how images gain traction, socio-culturally and economically, and how important concepts from Aotearoa/New Zealand can extend into the realm of icons, spaces, things and people.

  3. Dialogues   between architecture and anthropology

    Edited collection in preparation for publication by Berghahn (projected for 2020).

    Researchers: Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Albert Refiti, I’uogafa Tuagalu, Lana Lopesi

    What happens when a conversation about sites and buildings in the Pacific takes place between anthropologists and architects? We suggest that the participants in both fields can provide an external perspective on each other’s knowledges, practices, and field of vision, extending the horizons of both fields of engagements. The contributors to this book – architectural practitioners, architectural and spatial design theorists, anthropologists and historians – show not only how the rubbing of aspects specific to one discipline against their equivalents of the other shapes new theoretical perspectives. They also demonstrate how, in a juxtaposition of terms and concepts proper to Pacific ontologies and epistemologies with their corresponding counterparts in Western knowledge traditions, a space is created for something to emerge that goes beyond both, enhancing both fields of potentialities.

    Rather than attempting direct translations between the disciplines and cultures, the contributors engage with Pacific spaces, buildings and agencies through dialogues and mutual questioning. They unfurl a shared horizon through multiple readings of sites or buildings, preserving specific cultural and social positions. Pacific concepts related to mana and tapu, whakapapa (geneaology) or mafua’aga (origin), and vā fealoaloa’i (relational space and social relationships), kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and utu (reciprocity), rituals and sacrifice are re-explored and extended to encompass recent diasporic situations and the movement of buildings, people and ritual spaces. These reassessments are especially important in the essays by Pacific scholars, who attempt to construct indigenous perspectives based on these concepts.

    Collectively, the authors also consider a broad spectrum of notions derived from Western scholarship, such as traditional and contemporary, locally intensive and globally dispersed, relational and singular. They provide fresh insights into the conception, production, designation, articulation and use of physical and cultural states and constructs in the Pacific. From the in-between, they suggest different possibilities of thinking about and looking at space and its experience, and they reveal how spaces, affects and interactions between beings, forms, objects and processes are and are becoming in the Pacific.

  4. Trading   images, telling stories. Critical perspectives on power and appropriation   [working title].

Book project in early planning stage.


February 2019: ASAO Conference, Auckland