Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology)

Gender, power and religion

Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the difficult issue of child sexual abuse in religious organisations in Australia. As a sociologist of religion, gender and mental health, Kathleen has been investigating the impacts of child sexual abuse on survivors as well as the responses from institutions.

In 2013 she attended the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry held in Newcastle and heard evidence from authorities in the Catholic Church about why they did not report incidents of child abuse by local priests, to the police. In 2017-8 Kathleen attended the trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with and found guilty of failing to report incidents of the sexual abuse of young boys. And between 2014-2017 Kathleen attended many public hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Kathleen has a wealth of experience and insight into the factors that caused these disastrous events and the catastrophic impacts on individuals, their families and communities. Her work in trauma theory and the sociology of gender and institutions places her in a unique position to assess the work of the Royal Commission, which is the most important inquiry into the condition of childhood ever to be help in Australia and the world. As a landmark inquiry, it has become a major source of data and research on understanding the causes and impacts of the abuse of children.

Kathleen’s work on religious organisations also looks closely at the relationship between religious groups and the state and the various and common claims to religious freedom that are made. She is currently editing an international volume on gender and religious freedom with Springer Press which she hopes will draw attention to the ways in which conservative religious organisations use the discourse of religious freedom to embed gendered patterns which often discriminate against women and gender diverse groups. She is also looking closely at how religious organisations act as a ‘state within a state’ and have their own laws, rules and ethics, and what happens when these laws contradict the laws of the land.

Kathleen has worked closely with a number of research teams at the University of Newcastle including the Religion in Political Life research project and the Religion and Radicalism research project. In 2018 Kathleen won funding to launch the Interdisciplinary Research Trauma Network which brings together researchers working in different fields of trauma including history, sociology, criminology, social work, public advocacy, law and psychiatry. This has produced a very rich conversation in a number of different forums.

Kathleen is a member of the Centre for the History of Violence and the Society Health and Disability Research Group.

Gender, power and religion

Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.

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Career Summary

Biography

My research covers the fields of religion, gender and social theory, as well as the sociology of trauma and state inquiries into child sexual abuse. 

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 and religious freedom in Australian social life. Explorations of the intersection between state and religious organisations in relation to gender and law is a particular focus.

My major research project is investigating religious organisations as they have appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  As a social researcher I have attended many public sessions and conducted interviews with participants and observers focusing on the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission. Areas of analysis include the impacts of individual and cultural trauma; institutional mechanisms of child abuse including the total institution and patriarchal cultures; and social causes of child sexual abuse. 

I also 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. My work in feminist subjectivity also covers depth psychology and feminist Jungian approaches to femininity and masculinity as dynamic archetypal psychic formations.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Post-secularism theory
  • Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sociology of Mental Health
  • Sociology of Religion and Gender
  • Sociology of Trauma

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220405 Religion and Society 50
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/1994 - 1/1/1995 Lecturer Australian National University
School of Sociology
Australia
1/1/1995 - 1/2/2009 Senior Lecturer University of Western Sydney
School of Humanities
Australia
1/2/2010 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/1/2000 -  Editorial Board Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
Australia

Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2018 John Barrett Award for Australian Studies
International Australian Studies Association (InASA) Executive

Prize

Year Award
2019 Dean's Excellence Award for Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Isherwood L, McPhillips K, Post-Christian feminisms: A critical approach (2008) [A3]

This book explores the impact and contribution of post-theories in the field of Christian feminist theology. Post-theory is an important and cutting-edge discursive field which ha... [more]

This book explores the impact and contribution of post-theories in the field of Christian feminist theology. Post-theory is an important and cutting-edge discursive field which has revolutionized the production of knowledge in both feminism and theology. This book fills a gap by providing a text that can make authoritative statements on the use and status of post-theory in feminist theology, and secondly it makes an on-going contribution to the discourse of Christian feminist theology and its liberation agenda. Distinguished and established scholars contribute conclusive essays on the most recent and exciting developments in post-theory, feminism and theology. © Lisa Isherwood and Kathleen McPhillips 2008. All rights reserved.

Citations Scopus - 7
2008 King FJ, Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, 2 (2008) [A3]
DOI 10.1163/157338308X296573
2002 McPhillips K, Local Heroes: Australian Crusades from the Environmental Frontline, Pluto Press, Sydney, Australia (2002) [A3]

Chapter (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Mcphillips K, 'Believing in post-modernity: Technologies of enchantment in contemporary marian devotion', Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment 147-158 (2018) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2018 McPhillips KM, 'The Royal Commission investigates Child Sexual Abuse: Uncovering Cultures of Sexual Violence in the Catholic Church', Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion, Palgrave McMillan, London England 53-71 (2018) [B1]
2017 McPhillips KM, 'Economies of Sainthood: Disrupting the Discourse of Female Hagiograhy', Women, Religion, and the Gift An Abundance of Riches, Springer, Switzerland 57-69 (2017) [B1]
2015 McPhillips KM, 'Whose Rights Matter? Women's Rights, Anti-Discrimination Legislation, and the case of Religious Exceptions', Religion after Secularization in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, England 119-135 (2015) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2013 McPhillips K, 'De - Colonizing the sacred: Feminist proposals for a post - Christian, Post-Patriarchal sacred', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach 129-146 (2013) [B1]
2008 Gray F, McPhillips K, 'A third way: Explicating the post in post-Christian feminism', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach 167-177 (2008)
2008 McPhillips K, 'De-colonizing the sacred: Feminist proposals for a post-Christian, post-patriarchal sacred', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach 129-145 (2008)
Citations Scopus - 4
2008 McPhillips KM, Lisa Isherwood, 'Introduction', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Appraisal, Ashgate, Aldershot England 1-10 (2008)
2008 McPhillips KM, Gray F, 'A Third Way: Explicating the Post in Post-Christian Feminisms', Post-Christian Feminisms, Ashgate, Aldershot England 167-178 (2008) [B1]
2002 McPhillips K, 'Refiguring the Sacred: Re-enchantment and the post-modern World', Challenging Subjects. Critical Psychology of a New Millenium, Palgrave Press, London, England 177-190 (2002) [B1]
1998 McPhillips KM, Caine B, 'Feminism, Religion and Spirituality', Australian Feminism: A Companion, Oxford University Press, Exford, England 263-272 (1998) [B1]
1997 McPhillips KM, 'Postmodern Canonisation', Planet Diana. Cultural Studies and Global Mourning, Research Centre in Intercommunal Studies University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia 87-92 (1997)
1994 McPhillips KM, 'Reconstructing Women's Religious Agency: Critical Feminist Perspectives and the Ekklesia of Women', Claiming Our Rites. Studies in Religion by Australian Women Scholars, Australian Association for the Study of Religion, Adelaide Australia 247-262 (1994)
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Journal article (41 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 McPhillips K, Salter M, Roberts-Pedersen E, Kezelman C, 'Understanding trauma as a system of psycho-social harm: Contributions from the Australian royal commission into child sex abuse', Child Abuse and Neglect, 99 (2020)

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd This article examines how particular understandings of trauma as a systemic form of psychosocial harm framed the establishment of the Australian Royal Commissi... [more]

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd This article examines how particular understandings of trauma as a systemic form of psychosocial harm framed the establishment of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, informed its successful investigatory process, and shaped its recommendations and outcomes. In so doing, the Royal Commission makes an important contribution to the field of trauma studies, which has been characterized by contested histories and is subject to continuing debate in clinical and academic research. For much of the twentieth century, trauma and its impacts have been typically articulated through a bio-medical discourse of individual harm and health outcomes. We argue that the establishment of the Royal Commission reflected an expanded understanding of trauma, constitutive of moral, political and psychological arenas as evidenced in its methodology, conceptual approach and treatment of survivor testimony. We also argue that the institutionalization of an historically situated and politically engaged approach to trauma within the Royal Commission itself was effective in contesting narrow psychological or juridical concepts of harm by developing approaches to trauma as a system of harm with complex impacts on families, communities and indeed the nation. We evaluate the implications and consequences of this shift in the work of the Royal Commission, with particular attention to the development of an interdisciplinary relational approach to the study of trauma as a key principle in the emergence of a trauma-informed culture.

DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104232
Co-authors Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen
2020 McPhillips K, 'Religion after the royal commission: Challenges to religion state relations', Religions, 11 1-13 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/rel11010044
2019 McPhillips K, 'Silence, Secrecy and Power: Understanding the Royal Commission Findings into the Failure of Religious Organisations to Protect Children', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 31 116-142 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1558/jasr.37306
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2019 Mozeley F, McPhillips K, 'Knowing Otherwise: Restorying Intuitive Knowing as Feminist Resistance', Women's Studies, 48 844-861 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/00497878.2019.1676746
2019 McPhillips K, 'Revisiting BISFT Summer School 2006, Harriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, What s God got to do with it? Politics, Economics, Theology ', Feminist Theology, 27 339-351 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0966735019834000
2018 McPhillips K, 'Religion at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse', JOURNAL FOR THE ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION, 31 113-115 (2018)
DOI 10.1558/jasr.38936
2018 McPhillips K, '"Soul Murder": Investigating Spiritual Trauma at the Royal Commission', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, 42 231-242 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2018.1458329
Citations Web of Science - 1
2018 McPhillips K, 'Traumatic Isolation: Institutional Stigma and the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abus', Health & History: Journal of the Australian & New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine, 20 75-90 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.5401/healthhist.20.2.0075
2017 McPhillips K, '"Unbearable Knowledge": Managing Cultural Trauma at the Royal Commission', Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27 130-146 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10481885.2017.1282779
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2017 McPhillips K, 'Breathing Underwater Swimming in the Sea of Collective Trauma', Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27 172-181 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10481885.2017.1282787
2017 Wright K, Swain S, McPhillips K, 'The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse', Child Abuse and Neglect, 74 1-9 (2017) [C1]

© 2017 The Authors The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is the largest royal commission in Australia's history and one of the largest publi... [more]

© 2017 The Authors The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is the largest royal commission in Australia's history and one of the largest public inquiries into institutional child abuse internationally. With an investment from the Australian government of half a billion dollars, it examined how institutions with a responsibility for children, both historically and in the present, have responded to allegations of child sexual abuse. Announced in the wake of previous Australian and international inquiries, public scandals and lobbying by survivor groups, its establishment reflected increasing recognition of the often lifelong and intergenerational damage caused by childhood sexual abuse and a strong political commitment to improving child safety and wellbeing in Australia. This article outlines the background, key features and innovations of this landmark public inquiry, focusing in particular on its extensive research program. It considers its international significance and also serves as an introduction to this special edition on the Australian Royal Commission, exploring its implications for better understanding institutional child sexual abuse and its impacts, and for making institutions safer places for children in the future.

DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.09.031
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 16
2017 McEwan T, McPhillips K, 'Re-framing religious identity and belief: Gen X women and the catholic church', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 30 205-226 (2017) [C1]

© Equinox Publishing Ltd. Gen X women grew up in the Catholic Church in the climate of cultural and theological change brought about by the Second Vatican Council. Given the Catho... [more]

© Equinox Publishing Ltd. Gen X women grew up in the Catholic Church in the climate of cultural and theological change brought about by the Second Vatican Council. Given the Catholic Church¿s attempt to move into the modern world, it might be expected that such changes would result in an increase of participation by women in the Church. In fact, the opposite has happened and the participation of Gen X Catholic women in Church life is at substantially low levels. This article reviews the current research in this area, and seeks to contextualise the experiences of Gen X women in the broader social changes that have characterised late modernity. It contends that current methods of examining the religious identity of Gen X Catholic women fail to understand the complexity of reasons for non-participation. Shifting the research focus beyond a simple model of church participation will shed important light on the sociology of Catholicism and religious identity in Australia.

DOI 10.1558/jasr.33612
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2016 McPhillips KM, 'The Church, the Commission and the Search for Truth', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 29 30-51 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1558/jasr.v29i1.27305
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2016 McPhillips K, 'Women and Religious Authority: Contesting Gender and Power in Faith Traditions Introduction', JOURNAL FOR THE ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION, 29 131-133 (2016)
DOI 10.1558/jasr.v29i2.31760
2015 McPhillips KM, 'Religion and Gender in the Post-SEcular State: Accommodation or Discrimination?', Feminist Theology, 23 156-170 (2015) [C1]
2015 McPhillips K, 'Introduction: Women, Religion and Politics', FEMINIST THEOLOGY, 23 109-110 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/0966735014555627
2015 McPhillips K, 'Editorial', Feminist Theology, 23 109-110 (2015) [C3]
2013 Isherwood L, McPhillips K, 'Introduction', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Approach, 1-10 (2013)
2013 McPhillips KM, 'Editorial', SeaChanges, 6 1-2 (2013) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 3
2013 McPhillips K, 'In This Southern Land: Gender, Nation, and Saint-making in Australia', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 29 26-39 (2013) [C1]
2009 McPhillips KM, 'What's the Problem with Religion?', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 22 71-80 (2009) [C1]
2007 Mcphillips K, 'Gesturing Towards Speech: Acts of Restoration and Remembrance', Feminist Theology, 15 315-321 (2007) [C1]

This is the story of a woman, now long dead and almost forgotten, but for a crumbling gravesite overlooking the ocean at Bronte in Sydney and some small acts of remembrance that f... [more]

This is the story of a woman, now long dead and almost forgotten, but for a crumbling gravesite overlooking the ocean at Bronte in Sydney and some small acts of remembrance that functioned to restore her voice ever so partially. The hint of her voice allowed genealogical traces to emerge and help heal the wounds of not only the individual family genealogy to which this woman was almost lost but also for the monumental primordial forgetting of women. The story of this woman whose life seems exceptionally different from my own, whom I never met, is re-told a hundred years after she lived and breathed, to heal deep ancestral wounds and give voice to the struggles of the living and in particular to us¿their grand-daughters. © 2007, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/0966735006076169
Citations Scopus - 1
2007 McPhillips K, Mudge P, Johnston J, 'Shifting selves: The struggle for identity and spirituality in the work of three young women artists', International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 12 233-247 (2007) [C1]

This essay looks at contemporary art works produced by three young women who took part in a research project that was exploring the spiritual meanings of art in the lives of adole... [more]

This essay looks at contemporary art works produced by three young women who took part in a research project that was exploring the spiritual meanings of art in the lives of adolescents. Nineteen students were interviewed and we asked them to tell us about their art works which we then analysed in relation to a set of descriptors that we developed defining spiritual symbols and stories. We developed a central term-Connected Knowing-which seeks to appreciate a 'spiritual rationality' in works of art. This essay reports on three of these art works and explores the ways in which the artist understands the connections between self and other, self and world, self and community. We used theory on art perception and gender to understand the ways in which spiritual meaning was produced by the artists. A central theme that emerged from the three works was that identity is a struggle and not a given, and that multiple perspectives of self in the development of identity is experienced as a positive embodied value. © 2007 Taylor & Francis.

DOI 10.1080/13644360701714910
Citations Scopus - 4
2007 Hume L, McPhillips K, 'Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment', STUDIES IN SPIRITUALITY, 17 335-335 (2007)
2007 McPhillips K, 'Gathering wo/men in the postcolonial Pacific region', JOURNAL OF FEMINIST STUDIES IN RELIGION, 23 117-120 (2007)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2007 McPhillips K, 'A reflection on the "teaching for change" conference and its challenges in my workplace', JOURNAL OF FEMINIST STUDIES IN RELIGION, 23 117-121 (2007)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2007 McPhillips 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]
2005 Mcphillips K, 'Global Violence: Some Thoughts on Hope and Change', Feminist Theology, 14 25-34 (2005) [C1]

In these early years of the new millennium the world finds itself in a new age of violence and terror. Acts of terrorism, the war in Iraq, and the ongoing post-colonial struggles ... [more]

In these early years of the new millennium the world finds itself in a new age of violence and terror. Acts of terrorism, the war in Iraq, and the ongoing post-colonial struggles have created a climate of unprecedented state legitimated and terrorist-based violence, where the emergence of new forms of national insecurity and vulnerability have impacted on every nation and distant corner of the plane. One looks at the world situation and despairs: it is almost impossible to feel safe in the face of such unpredictability. Patriarchy in its various guises (state power, terrorism, war, hate), intent on domination and destruction, seems all encompassing and powerful. The questions we ask are enormous: how do we respond and what can we do? Where will genuine moral leadership come from? Where are the signs of hope¿true hope¿hope born from realism not romanticism? And in particular, as feminists and religionists and theologians, what should our particular contribution be? It is more important than ever to understand hope, and how it generates change. I believe that there are two aspects to global violence that we as feminist religionists and theologians need to tackle in particular. The first is to continue to offer analysis around understanding what hope is, where it derives from, and how it can be transformed into action and motivation. Second, we are experts in two of the principal characteristics of the current global power arrangements¿gender and religion¿so we have a special responsibility to provide analysis and visionary thinking to our communities. I would like to suggest that the particular contributions that we can make could be firmly placed in the realm of an emerging feminist religious imaginary, because this is the site where our political action and ideas are sustained, nurtured, challenged and where hope is born via imaginative and visionary thinking, where biophillic rationalities and responses are possible. This paper reads global violence and locates hope within a feminist religious imaginary. © 2005, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/0966735005057799
Citations Scopus - 1
2005 McPhillips K, 'Response', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 21 147-153 (2005)
DOI 10.1353/jfs.2005.0011
Citations Scopus - 1
2005 McPhillips K, 'Feminist studies in religion and Theology in-between nationalism and globalization - Response', JOURNAL OF FEMINIST STUDIES IN RELIGION, 21 147-154 (2005)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2005 McPhillips K, 'Nationalism and Globalisation: A Response to Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 22 147-154 (2005) [C1]
2004 McPhillips 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]
2002 McPhillips K, 'Feminism and religion in the Pacific region: Some critical reflections', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 18 84-90 (2002)
2002 McPhillips K, 'Re-casting the sacred: feminist challenges to the masculinization of the sacred in social theory', Australian Religion Studies Review, 15 73-86 (2002) [C1]
2001 Bryson 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]

Residents living in the vicinity of lead smelters are subjected to particularly high levels of contamination from the toxic process of smelting. Yet, public health strategies curr... [more]

Residents living in the vicinity of lead smelters are subjected to particularly high levels of contamination from the toxic process of smelting. Yet, public health strategies currently promoted by state health authorities in Australia do not focus their major attention on stopping the contamination at its source. This article focuses on housecleaning regimes, largely implemented by women, aimed at stopping the toxic material from being ingested by children. Because the residential areas surrounding the smelters are degraded, their property value is low and, by and large, working-class families live there. As this article shows, the recommended cleaning regimes are embedded in social class and gender relations. Analysis of the implementation of the strategy and the historical context within which it is administered provides an example of a state gender regime, the state "doing" gender and class, and a lens through which to view contemporary gender and class relations.

DOI 10.1177/089124301015005007
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 13
2000 McPhillips K, 'Hidden Histories of the Menstrual Body', Australian Religion Studies Review, 13 23-44 (2000) [C1]
1999 McPhillips K, 'Modernity, Rationality and the Problem of Women's Religious Agency', Australian Feminist Studies, 14 293-302 (1999)
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
1999 McPhillips KM, 'Modernity, Rationality and the problem of Women's Religious Agency: a Critical Feminist Examination of the Sociology of Max Weber', AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES, 14 293-302 (1999) [C1]
1998 McPhillips K, 'Rituals, bodies and thealogy: Some questions', Feminist Theology, 6 9-28 (1998) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/096673509800001802
Citations Scopus - 1
1995 McPhillips KM, 'Cultural Colonisation and Lead Contamination at Boolaroo', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES, 30 41-54 (1995)
McPhillips K, 'Contested Feminisms: Women s Religious Leadership and the Politics of Contemporary Western Feminism', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 29 134-149 [C1]
DOI 10.1558/jasr.v29i2.31139
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 McPhillips KM, 'Forgetting and remembering - An account of recovering a forgotten life', Histories of Sexuality Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2011) [E3]
2007 McPhillips K, 'Haunted Visions: Representations of Gender and Spirituality in Contemporary Australian in Film', -Refereed Conference Proceedings of Spirituality and Psychology conference, University of Western Sydney, -University of Western Sydney, Bankstown NSW (2007) [E3]

Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 McPhillips KM, Sainthood in Modern Australia: Frameworks for Hearing the Voice of the Saint, Australia (2010)

Other (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
McPhillips KM, 'State of Religion in Politics', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Interview about my research work on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Radio Interview 2UE Sydney 1 March 2016', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Church's Moral Failure on Trial at the Royal Commission', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Philip Wilson Charge Marks a Dark Day for the Catholic Church', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Shining the Spotlight on Hidden Child Sexual Abuse', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Radio Interview ABC1233 1 March 2016', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'The Name of God is Mercy. Pope Francis is Trying to Reset the Church's Moral Agenda', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Radio Interview 2SER Sydney 29 February 2016', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Review: Spotlight's Revealing Story of Abuse in My Home Town and Maybe Yours', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'A Dark Day for the Church', [O1]
McPhillips KM, 'Pope Francis Resets the Moral Agenda of the Church', [O1]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 McPhillips 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 grants 17
Total funding $242,544

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20201 grants / $13,982

Redress, Response and Restoration: Examining the implementation process of the recommendations from the Child Abuse Royal Commission with regard to child safety and trauma related injury$13,982

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Kathleen McPhillips (Lead), Dr Tamara Blakemore, Dr Michael Salter and Dr Cathy Kezelman

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20194 grants / $15,418

The Survivor Story Project$6,818

Funding body: Marist Brothers

Funding body Marist Brothers
Project Team Doctor Kathleen McPhillips
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1801340
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

Australian Research Theology Foundation$4,400

Funding body: Australian Research Theology Foundation

Funding body Australian Research Theology Foundation
Project Team

Kathleen McPhillips

Scheme Australian Research Theology Foundation
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON N

2019 International Research Collaboration Scheme $2,200

International Visitor Professor Naomi Goldenberg

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA IRCS
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

American Academy of Religion, 22-26 November 2019, San Deigo, USA$2,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20182 grants / $6,500

Building and establishing the Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Network$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion, Auckland, 29 - 30 November 2018$1,500

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20171 grants / $15,000

Society, Health and Disability Research Group: New Horizons$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20162 grants / $43,516

The Age of Inquiry$34,516

This project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers: Dr Katie Wright (Lead Chief Investigator), with Chief Investigators Professor Shurlee Swain (Australian Catholic University), Associate Professor Johanna Sköld (Linköping University, Sweden), Dr Kathleen McPhillips (University of Newcastle) and Dr Fiona Davis (Australian Catholic University)

The project examines the proliferation of inquiries and truth commissions into various forms of historical abuse since the 1990s. It will contribute to the emerging field of inquiry research and e-scholarship by i) developing a typology of inquiries and mapping the rise of historical abuse inquiries internationally; ii) laying the foundation for a new online public knowledge resource; and iii) advancing theorization of the historical abuse inquiries in relation to local developments, transnational flows and international trends. 

Funding body: 'Transforming Human Societies' Research Focus Area (RFA), La Trobe University

Funding body 'Transforming Human Societies' Research Focus Area (RFA), La Trobe University
Project Team

Professor Shurlee Swain, Dr Katie Wright, Associate Professor Johanna Skold, Dr Kathleen McPhillips, Dr Fiona Davis

Scheme 'Transforming Human Societies' Research Focus Area (RFA), La Trobe University
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Institutional Cultures, Policy Frameworks and Social Change$9,000

This workshop brings researchers, advocates and practioners together to investigate the social and historical significance of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It will explore the role of the social sciences in developing a knowledge base for the work of the Commission, and in understanding the wide ranging implications of this landmark public inquiry. 

Funding body: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Funding body Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Project Team

Professor Shurlee Swain (ACU), Dr Katie Wright (La Trobe), Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Scheme Workshops Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20152 grants / $17,000

Religion, Secularism and Marxism$15,000

Funding body: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Professor Roland Boer, Dr Christian Petterson, Professor Emeritus Terry Lovat, Professor Marion Maddox, Dr James Juniper, Dr Sara Motta, Dr Charon-Cardona, Professor Roger Markwick, Associate Professor Tom Griffiths

Scheme Strategic Network Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Religion as a Vestigial State, Ottawa University Canada, 22-24 June 2015$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Kathleen McPhillips
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500646
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20142 grants / $23,928

Religion and Radicalism Research Network$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Timothy Stanley, Professor Roland Boer, Professor Hilary Carey, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox, Doctor Kathleen McPhillips, Doctor Christina Petterson
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400933
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Research Project$8,928

This funding supports the gathering of data for social analysis at The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Kathleen McPhillips

Scheme Pilot Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20121 grants / $100,000

Religion in Political Life Research Program$100,000

This project supported a number of seminars and publications and resulted in an edited collection "Religion After Secularisation in Australia" (ed) Timothy Stanley (Palgrave MacMillan)

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Kathleen McPhillips, Timothy Stanley, Roland Boer, Terry Lovat, Hilary Carey

Scheme Pilot Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20111 grants / $5,000

New Staff Grant 2011$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kathleen McPhillips
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100893
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $2,200

Religion and Gender in the Public Domain$2,200

Funding body: Humanities Research Centre

Funding body Humanities Research Centre
Project Team

Dr Kathleen McPhillips, Professor Marion Maddox

Scheme Discretionary Funding from the Humanities Research Centre
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD (Awabakal Translation) Sacred Stories Relationship - Belonging - Connectedness: A Journey into Discovery, Truth and Right Relations PhD (Aboriginal Studies), The Wollotuka Institute, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Sacred Stories Relationship -Belonging - Connectedness: A Journey into Discovery, Truth and Right Relations. Religious Studies, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD How Effective are Current Support Provisions for Refugees in Hong Kong? A Heideggerian Analysis PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD The Sustainable Development Goals in Practice: Interpretation, Gender Equality and Alternatives in Bangladesh PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Gen X Women and the Australian Catholic Church: Negotiating Religious Identity and Participation PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Meaning, Control, and Connection: A Practical Theological Perspective on the Relationship Between Trauma, Spirituality, and Spiritual Distress PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Everyday Witches: Identity and Community Among Young Australian Women Practising Witchcraft PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD A Silent Patriarch – Kyrillos VI (1902-1971): Life and Theological Legacy PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Mandorla: A Spiritual Memoir PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Network 2017 - 2020

The Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Network (ITRN) brings together researchers in the field of trauma across a number of disciplinary areas including history, sociology, criminology, law, advocacy work, social work and psychiatry. Its aim is to open a conversation between disciplines investigating the incidence, definition and meaning of trauma and to enhance and progress approaches to and effective treatment of trauma. A symposium on the 11th June 2018 bought together an international cohort of researchers discussing a number of pertinent areas of trauma theory and practice. A publication is in progress and a writing group for researchers meets weekly.


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News

Religion themed masterclass, conference and public event

November 25, 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.

Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Position

Senior Lecturer
Socieities, Cultures and Human Services
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Email kathleen.mcphillips@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 49215920
Mobile 0409013102

Office

Room W340
Building Behavioural Sciences - Building W
Location CALLAGHAN CAMPUS

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