The University of Newcastle, Australia

Religion themed masterclass, conference and public event

Monday, 25 November 2019

The Centre for the Study of Violence and the School of Humanities and Social Science are hosting a variety of events in December around the of themes religion, sexuality and violence.

Naomi Goldenberg

Masterclass with visiting Fellow on ‘Critical Religion’

The Centre for the Study of Violence invites all postgraduate, honours and undergraduate students to a Masterclass on ‘Critical Religion’ – How Theory that Deconstructs the Category of ‘Religion’ Can Lead to Better Research with visiting UON Fellow Professor Naomi Goldenberg, Professor of Classics and Religious Studies University of Ottawa, Canada.

The Masterclass will be held 10am - 12.30pm at Room X301 New Space City Campus, University of Newcastle, December 4, 2019. More information.

Conference: Australian Association for the Study of Religion - Religion and Violence

The 2019 Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) conference will be held from December 5-6 at New Space, co-hosted by the AASR, the Centre for the Study of Violence and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Naomi Goldenberg, Ottawa University (visiting scholar at UoN Nov-Dec 2019)
  • Professor Morny Joy, Calgary University, will deliver the 20th Penny Magee Memorial Lecture
  • Professor Norm Habel, Flinders University, will deliver the Charles Strong Lecture

More information and registration details are available at

Public event: Worldviews of Australi's generation Z (AGZ): Negotiation religion, sexuality and diversity

Join us for this free public event on Wednesday 4th December, 5.30 - 7.30pm, Room X502 New Space, Newcastle. Wine and cheese from 5.15pm.

Australian state and private educational bodies have invested to some degree in educational programs to promote respect for religious diversity, yet up until now there hasn’t been a coherent, evidence-based understanding of young Australians’ perspectives on religions and non-religious worldviews, or on the impact of worldviews education.

This panel reports on a recently completed ARC-funded project, conducted jointly by researchers from ANU, Deakin and Monash Universities. The AGZ study explores young Australian's attitudes to religion and belief, sexuality and diversity across all three sectors of public, Catholic and independent schools. The research team conducted 11 focus groups with teens across Australia, a nationally representative survey of 1200, 13 to 18-year-olds, and 30 in-depth interviews with survey participants.

Panel speakers:

  • Associate Professor Andrew Singleton, Deakin University
  • Associate Professor Anna Halafoff, Deakin University
  • Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma, Monash University
  • with a response from Associate Professor Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne

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