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The Matariki Network at Queen's


A special logo was designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the network.

Celebrating the first ten years of the Matariki Network

In 2020, the Matariki Network celebrated its first ten years of activity with a series of lectures and virtual events that highlighted the strength of collaboration that exists between members.

We are now delighted to be able to share the Matariki Network 10 Year Report, released this month to celebrate the first ten years of the Network.

You can read this comprehensive report here.


Sean Marrs presents on his research into state surveillance in 18th century Paris during the Matariki Network of Universities Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Queen's student wins 2020 Matariki 3MT competition

Sean Marrs, a PhD candidate in the Department of History, has won the Matariki Network of Universities Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Marrs’s research delves into state surveillance in 18th century Paris and his 3MT presentation connects it to modern day anti-espionage efforts and even COVID-19 tracking. Marrs was one of 10 presenters taking part in the second annual competition between Queen’s, Durham University, University of Otago, and University of Western Australia. The virtual competition was judged by a panel of experts from across the international network.

“The Matariki 3MT brings together the best presenters from several universities across three continents, so winning was unexpected,” Marrs says. “The process has been equal parts fun and challenging. Presenting the significance of your research to a broad audience in only three minutes is a unique prospect. The 3MT forces you to define what is most important about your research and why it resonates with a public audience. It is a challenge like no other.”

Read more about Sean's achievement in the Queen's Gazette. You can now view Sean's 3MT and 3MTs from around the world here.


Scale and Connection: Thinking about the Global History of Empires and Colonialism in the Pacific.

Otago Prof Tony Ballantyne delivers Matariki 2020 Lecture on Global Histories of Colonialism

Professor Tony Ballantyne of the University of Otago delivered the 2020 Matariki Network lecture during Queen's University's Global Histories of Colonialism workshop. It is hoped that this lecture will be the springboard for the creation of a series of several lectures around the theme of “Empires and Colonialism”.

While the workshop ran for two full days on November 5 and 6, Prof. Ballantyne's lecture on 'Scale and Connection: Thinking about the Global History of Empires and Colonialism in the Pacific' took place on November 5 at 4:00pm EST.

Find out more here.


Jackson Pind, PhD candidate in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program.

Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program designer Jackson Pind appears on Grad Chat

Jackson Pind, PhD candidate in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program at Queen's, was recently a featured guest on the Grad Chat podcast. Grad Chat is the weekly podcast produced by the School of Graduate Studies and CFRC that showcases the research being produced by Queen's graduate students.

Jackson talks about his research into Indian Day Schools, the challenges of fusing Indigenous ways of knowing with traditional western scholarship, and his experience as one of the designers of the Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program that took place at and around Queen's University on the traditional territories of the Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee peoples in the summer of 2019.

You can listen to the podcast here. We encourage you to listen in full to hear all about Jackson's fascinating research, but if you are especially interested in hearing about the Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program, listen from 19:07 onwards.


Matariki PhD Research Mobility Fund Launching Soon

The School of Graduate Studies in partnership with the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) have announced the Matariki PhD Research Mobility Fund. The purpose of this fund is to enrich the international and research experience of Queen’s doctoral students in building global linkages and international networks by pursuing a research abroad experience at one of Queen’s Matariki partners.

Queen’s PhD candidates who have completed their comprehensive examinations are eligible to apply to spend a term at one of the Matariki partners to further their research.

This competition is open for applications will be launching soon.

To apply/find out more, contact Csilla Volford.