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Rugby League: a New Zealand history

Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Public History Talk — 2020 series

In this talk, historian Ryan Bodman will explore the value of social media as a 21st century history-research tool.

The use of social media in history research

Over the past five years, Ryan has been researching and writing ‘Rugby League: A New Zealand History’, a social and cultural history of the football code in New Zealand.

As part of this project, he has developed a social media account under the same name, which promotes public engagement with his research outputs and has brought a collaborative component to his research process.

In this talk, Ryan will explore the use of social media in the development of his book, paying particular attention to the value of social media to academic historians seeking to engage with people from outside of the university-setting.

Free public history talks

These free public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month March to November.

Talks in this series are recorded and available online

About the speaker

Ryan Bodman is a Pākehā from Mt Maunganui, who now lives in Auckland. In his work, he seeks to create uncomplicated, lively text that places an emphasis upon the voices of those who lived through the historic moment under discussion. His research interests fall under the broad categories of New Zealand's social and cultural history, with a particular focus on social movements, working-class life, music and sport.‘Rugby League: A New Zealand History’ will be his first book.

In 2017 Ryan Bodman received a Friends of the Turnbull Library research grant to assist with his rugby league project.

Ryan Bodman
Ryan Bodman. Photo supplied by the author.