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Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), University of Newcastle, 25/08/1995
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 01/05/1985

Research

Research keywords

  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Religion and Gender
  • Sainthood and Cultural theory
  • Sociology of Mental Health
  • Theories of Post-secularism

Research expertise

My research covers the fields of religion, gender and social theory. In particular, I explore constructions of gender and feminine subjectivity in accounts of religiosity and social theory, including feminine constructions of the sacred, queer theory/theology, and women's experience of religion. I am also researching the life and times of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint, and in particular exploring the ways in which she is constructed as a saint and a woman and the ways in which this contributed to discourses of nation building. My work in feminist subjectivity also covers depth psychology and feminist Jungian approaches to femininity and masculinity as dynamic archetypal psychic formations. I continue to research in this area via film studies and popular culture.

As a sociologist of religion I have written extensively on new religious formations in post-modernity and post-secularism particularly as it pertains to gender relations in Australian social life. Explorations of the intersection between state and religious organisations in relation to gender and law is a current research topic. I am currently attending the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as a social researcher.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
220405Religion And Society50
160800Sociology50

Memberships

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Gender Studies
  • Religion and Politics
  • Social theory
  • Sociology of mental health

Teaching expertise

SOCA 1030 The Sociology of Religion

SOCA1020 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

SOCA 3902 Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society

SOCA3370 Madness and Society

SOCA 2505 Psychology and Sociology of Mental Health for Occupational Therapy

SOCS3370 Social Science Placement

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008McPhillips K, 'De-colonizing the sacred: Feminist Interjections for a Post-Christian, Post-Patriarchal Sacred', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, England 129-146 (2008) [B1]
2008Isherwood L, McPhillips K, Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Appraisal, Ashgate Publishing, London, England, 220 (2008)
2006Hume L, McPhillips K, Popular Spiritualities: the Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, Ashgate, Aldrershot, England (2006) [A3]
2006Hume L, McPhillips K, 'Believing in Post-modernity: technologies of enchantment in contemporary Marian Devotion', Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, England 147-158 (2006) [B1]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Isherwood L, McPhillips K, Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Appraisal, Ashgate Publishing, London, England, 220 (2008)
2006Hume L, McPhillips K, Popular Spiritualities: the Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, Ashgate, Aldrershot, England (2006) [A3]
2002McPhillips K, Local Heroes: Australian Crusades from the Environmental Frontline, Pluto Press, Sydney, Australia (2002) [A3]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008McPhillips K, 'De-colonizing the sacred: Feminist Interjections for a Post-Christian, Post-Patriarchal Sacred', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, England 129-146 (2008) [B1]
2006Hume L, McPhillips K, 'Believing in Post-modernity: technologies of enchantment in contemporary Marian Devotion', Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, England 147-158 (2006) [B1]
2002McPhillips K, 'Refiguring the Sacred: Re-enchantment and the post-modern World', , Palgrave Press, London, England (2002) [B1]

Journal article (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013McPhillips K, 'In This Southern Land: Gender, Nation, and Saint-making in Australia', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 29 26-39 (2013) [C1]
2013McPhillips KM, 'Editorial', SeaChanges, 6 1-2 (2013) [C3]
2013McPhillips KM, 'Editorial', SeaChanges, 6 1-2 (2013) [C3]
2013McPhillips KM, 'Editorial', SeaChanges, 6 1-2 (2013) [C3]
2013McPhillips KM, 'Editorial', SeaChanges, 6 1-2 (2013) [C3]
2007McPhillips K, 'Gesturing Towards Speech: Acts of Restoration and Remembrance', Feminist Theology, 15 315-321 (2007) [C1]
2007McPhillips K, Mudge P, Johnston J, 'Struggle, Self and 'Other': Images of Identity and Spirituality in the Work of Three Young Women Artists', International Journal of Children s Spirituality, 12 233-247 (2007) [C1]
2005McPhillips K, 'Nationalism and Globalisation: A Response to Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 22 147-154 (2005) [C1]
2005McPhillips K, 'Global Violence: Some Thoughts on Hope and Change', Feminist Theology, 14 25-34 (2005) [C1]
2004McPhillips K, Mudge P, 'Visual Art and Connected Knowing - Imagination, meaning and spirituality in the art works of Young People', Journal of Religious Education, 52 1-14 (2004) [C1]
2002McPhillips K, 'Re-casting the sacred: feminist challenges to the masculinization of the sacred in social theory (2002) [C1]
2001Bryson L, McPhillips K, Robinson K, 'Turning public issues into private troubles: Lead contamination, domestic labor, and the exploitation of women's unpaid labor in Australia', Gender and Society, 15 754-772 (2001) [C1]
2000McPhillips K, 'Hidden Histories of the Menstrual Body', Australian Religion Studies Review, 13 23-44 (2000) [C1]
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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011McPhillips KM, 'Forgetting and remembering - An account of recovering a forgotten life', Histories of Sexuality Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2011) [E3]
2008McPhillips K, 'Haunted Visions: Representations of Gender and Spirituality in Contemporary Australian in Film', -, - (2008) [E3]

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004McPhillips K, 'The Feminist Theology Project: A Report into the teaching and learning of feminist theology in Australian tertiary institutions 1996-2001' (2004) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$20,000

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2014 (1 grants)

Religion and Radicalism Research Network$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Timothy Stanley, Associate Professor Roland Boer, Professor Hilary Carey, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox, Doctor Kathleen McPhillips, Doctor Christina Petterson
SchemeRole
Strategic Networks GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400933

2011 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 2011$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Kathleen McPhillips
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020112011
GNo:G1100893
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Theology)Co-SupervisorThe Life and Theological Legacy of Pope Kyrillos VI 1902-71
20132020PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorThe Ideation of the Routes to Madness: Globalised Discourses of Mental Disorders Due to Employment/Underemployment/Unemployment
20112015PhD (Theology)Co-SupervisorHuman Rights and the Peaceableness of Hauerwas:A Feminist Perspective on Identity, Community and Sexual Violence
20062012PhD (English)Co-SupervisorThe Mandorla: A Spiritual Memoir
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Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Work Phone49215920
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W340,
Behavioural Sciences - Building W,
CALLAGHAN CAMPUS
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/kathleen-mcphillips