Conversation with Evan Roberts, Assistant Professor of Population Studies at the University of Minnesota
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Australian, New Zealand, & Pacific Studies and the History Department.
World War I had a significant effect on New Zealand society with 10% of the country's population serving abroad, and a high proportion of soldiers wounded or killed. The centenary of the war has seen significant public engagement in memorials, commemorations and historical research. Most of these events are centered in New Zealand or Europe where New Zealanders fought. Measuring the ANZACs is an unusual exception to that, involving a collaboration between archives and museums in New Zealand and the Zooniverse--a US/UK citizen science collaboration. Measuring the ANZACs is crowd-sourcing a transcription of the personnel files of all 140,000 New Zealanders who served in World War I. The project marries academic research with a community driven effort to undertake an accurate transcription of a major archival collection. This presentation outlines the origins of the project in research on New Zealand soldiers' lives, and the accomplishments so far in building citizen engagement with social science and historical research.
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About Evan Roberts
Evan Roberts is an Assistant Professor of Population Studies at the University of Minnesota, and will join the Sociology Department at Minnesota in Fall 2016. He grew up in New Zealand, and taught history at Victoria University from 2007-2011. He has taught at the University of Minnesota since 2010. He originally came to the United States in 2000 on a Fulbright scholarship. His research on New Zealand's World War I and II soldiers' lives has been published in Australian Economic History Review, Social Science & Medicine, and History of the Family.