BSANZ 2021 Conference

“He mana tō te kupu – words have great power.”*



The virtual BSANZ 2021 Conference was hosted from the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau in Aotearoa New Zealand on Monday–Tuesday, 22-23 November 2021.

It was a stimulating and thought-provoking two days.

The conference feature  two  engaging and esteemed  keynote speakers, Dr Hirini Kaa and Dr Sarah Werner, and a great line-up of papers that explored the intersections and dynamics between communities, books and power.

Curator Nina Finigan will gave a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Love and Loss exhibition at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Some delegates who work in libraries with rare books attended an extra discussion forum on Wednesday 24 November, NZT 10am-1pm.

The BSANZ Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 22 November from NZT 5.15-6.15pm. 


BSANZ set a minimal charge to encourage attendance, particularly by students and early career researchers, and in recognition of the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

Registrations were open until 17 November 2021.

Waged: $NZ25

Students/non-waged: no charge


* Ngā mihi nui to Te Tumu Herenga Kaiārahi Abigail McClutchie for sharing this whakatauki.

Banner and background images from:  Wroth, M. (1621). The Countesse of Mountgomeries Urania. London: Printed for Ioh Marriott and Iohn Grismand. Special Collections Glass Case 821.39 W95Gu, Te Tumu Herenga Libraries and Learning Services, University of Auckland.

Countdown to BSANZ 2021








Key Dates

  • 26 Aug – 17 Nov: Registrations open
  • 22-23 Nov: Conference


Important Dates

Registrations open: 23 August 2021 – 15 November 2021

Conference Dates:  22 – 23 November 2021

Contact Us

Conference Manager: Amelia Lowe
09 923 2353