Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Dr Kathleen McPhillips

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 within the church culture by attending selected hearings at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

With Kathleen's research focusing on gender and religion in secular Australia, she gained university ethics approval to attend both the 2013 NSW Special Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and in 2014 the Royal Commission. She has come away from both with a wealth of insight.

"At both the Special Inquiry and the Royal Commission, I sat in the public gallery taking field notes. It was at times very moving, very raw, listening to the evidence and the failure of the church to respond properly," says the Catholic-raised Kathleen, who was familiar with the church's culture of secrecy.

Kathleen's research will concentrate on analyzing institutional practices and responses to child sexual abuse within a gendered framework.

The issue of secrecy and silence in male clerical cultures will be examined as well as understanding the ways in which the Church as an institution operates and manages change.

Kathleen says the NSW Commissioner's report, which was released in May 2014, was very important to research outcomes, especially given that much of the evidence was complex and contradictory. The on-going release of reports by the Royal Commission is also providing rich data for analysis.

Is it difficult to research and write about this painful issue?

"Of course I feel it, the injustice of what happened to the children and their families enormously, but as a researcher I have learnt the value of maintaining some distance as an important ethical stance, especially in order to stay open-minded and curious and focused," Kathleen says.

"It is so important to record this event: it is historical and monumental for this region and we need to understand what went wrong and how to protect children, who are one of the most vulnerable groups in society."

And as a newly qualified psychotherapist with her own private practice, Kathleen is well equipped to "manage the emotional stuff". She says the Special Inquiry and the Royal Commission have both been an invaluable opportunity to understand the intersections between religion, gender and trauma from both institutional and personal perspectives.

Kathleen, who has published widely in the field of women and religion, is also one of six chief investigators in UoN's Religion and Radicalism Research Network (RRRN) (formerly the Religion in Political Life research program – the name change now better reflects the network's research focus) led by Dr Tim Stanley and funded by an internal Faculty of Education and Arts grant to the tune of $100,000 over two years.

The Newcastle team of RRRN investigators includes Associate Professor Roland Boer, Professor Hilary Carey, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, and Professor Marion Maddox.

Kathleen's project in the RRRN team has been to work on two publishing projects titled Women, Religion and Politics.

Kathleen and Professor Lisa Isherwood from Winchester University, recently edited the essays that cover law, religion, the environment, philosophy and politics from feminist and post-secularist perspectives. This was published in 2015 in the British journal Feminist Theology.

The aim of the collection is to investigate the status of women in post-secular societies with particular regard to the experiences of women in religions.

Kathleen's work examines federal anti-discrimination legislation in Australia and the impact of the exemption clause of religious groups from these laws, particularly on women.

"As more and more social policy is contracted to religious groups it is vital to assess and research the politics of running social services, given that many religious groups have conservative views on gender and sexuality," she says.

Prior to this project Kathleen had been working on Mary MacKillop, Australia's first national saint, looking in particular at the political uses of sainthood in the construction of ideas of nationhood and the meaning of sainthood for a largely secular nation.

Kathleen's PhD, for which she wrote an ethnography on a feminist religious group, looking at the development and expression of new religious ideas and their experience of the sacred that emerged from refiguring divinity and identity, is from the University of Newcastle.

So when she returned to UoN in 2010 after stints at ANU and UWS "it was a little bit like coming home".

"The school of Humanities and Social Science is a great school and FEDUA is a very supportive faculty."The Religion discipline is not often visible within universities but at Newcastle we have a dynamic group of scholars who are at the forefront of new thinking about religion and social change."

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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 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 and conducting interviews with participants and observers and focusing on the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission. An analysis of cultural trauma addresses the ways in which state inquiries into traumatic issues impacts on the wider community and its claims to an inclusive and fair public sphere. 

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
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 50
220405 Religion and Society 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2010 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Editorial Board Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
Australia
1/01/1995 - 1/02/2009 Senior Lecturer University of Western Sydney
School of Humanities
Australia
1/01/1994 - 1/01/1995 Lecturer Australian National University
School of Sociology
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Isherwood L, McPhillips K, Post - Christian feminisms: A critical approach (2013)

© Lisa Isherwood and Kathleen McPhillips 2008. This book explores the impact and contribution of post-theories in the field of Christian feminist theology. Post-theory is an impo... [more]

© Lisa Isherwood and Kathleen McPhillips 2008. 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.

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 - 5
2006 Hume L, McPhillips K, Popular Spiritualities: the Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, Ashgate, Aldrershot, England (2006) [A3]
2002 McPhillips K, Local Heroes: Australian Crusades from the Environmental Frontline, Pluto Press, Sydney, Australia (2002) [A3]
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Chapter (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 - 1
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]
2013 Butler K, Hansen C, 'Introduction', Exploring Urban Identities and Histories, AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra 1-8 (2013) [B2]
Co-authors Kathleen Butler
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 - 1
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]
2008 McPhillips KM, Lisa Isherwood, 'Introduction', Post-Christian Feminisms: A Critical Appraisal, Ashgate, Aldershot England 1-10 (2008) [B2]
2006 Hume 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]
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 (27 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
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
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 Web of Science - 2
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
2016 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 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1558/jasr.v29i2.31139
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 McPhillips KM, 'Editorial', SeaChanges, 6 1-2 (2013) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Victor Emeljanow
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
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 - 2
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]
2006 Perez EA, Forbes JF, 'From tamoxifen to letrozole: Changing paradigms for the treatment of hormone-sensitive breast cancer - Introduction', SEMINARS IN ONCOLOGY, 33 S1-S1 (2006)
DOI 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2006.03.023
Co-authors John Forbes
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
2005 McPhillips K, 'Response', Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 21 147-153 (2005)
Citations Scopus - 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 - 7
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, 14 292-302 (1999)
Citations Scopus - 2
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)
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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 (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 (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 (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 10
Total funding $206,644

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


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

Completed1
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.25
PhD1.25

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD A Comparative Study of Faith-Based and Secular NGOs in their Contribution toward Sustainable Development PhD (Religious Studies), 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 Masters How Does Post-Secularism in Australia Influence Youth Spirituality and Identity? M Philosophy (Sociol & Anthro), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Places to Go: Witches to See Alternative Counter-Cultural Spiritual Practices among Australian Youth PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD The Life and Theological Legacy of Pope Kyrillos VI 1902-71 PhD (Theology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2014 PhD The Mandorla: A Spiritual Memoir PhD (English), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Position

Lecturer
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

Office

Room W340
Building Behavioural Sciences - Building W
Location CALLAGHAN CAMPUS

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