University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Madi Williams, whose Māori tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, is currently a doctoral student at the University of Canterbury. Her thesis is focused on perceptions of the past and the relevance of history in contemporary society. Within this broader topic she examines how the past was perceived in medieval Europe and how the study of medieval history can increase its relevance. She became interested in this topic after participating in a discussion about the relevance of the Middle Ages at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds in 2016. Since then she has conducted research on the South Polynesian region during the European Middle Ages and parallels between Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and medieval Europe for a commissioned monograph. Her forthcoming publications include (with Te Maire Tau) “The Myth of the “Māori Magna Carta””, in Magna Carta & New Zealand: History, Law, Politics in Aotearoa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and (with Chris Jones) “Crossing Cultural Boundaries or the Embodiment of Colonialism? Europe’s Middle Ages viewed from Aotearoa-New Zealand” in Making the Medieval Relevant (De Gruyter, 2018).
Madi was co-opted to the ANZAMEMS committee and appointed as the Communications Officer in 2017.