STaR Seminar Series

The Centre for Religious Studies organises a regular STaR seminar to showcase the research projects by its postgrads, visiting scholars, and academic faculty. The following list of past and upcoming seminars demonstrates both the richness and breadth of research activities at Monash University in Religious Studies.

To express interest in upcoming STAR seminars, please contact Prof. Constant Mews.

2017 Seminars

Thursday, 5 Oct. 2017, 5.00pm-6.30pm
Dr Hakan Çoruh (CSU)
Scriptures in Dialogue: Prophet Yahya (John the Baptist) in Islamic and Christian Scriptures
Monash Caulfield, S Building, 9th floor S901 (ACJC)
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Thursday, 7 September 2017, 5.00pm-6.30pm
Prof. Andrew Benjamin
Gods, Humans and the Rational Order. The Place of logos in Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus
Monash Caulfield, S Building, 9th floor S901 (ACJC)
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Thursday, 11 May 2017, 5.00pm-6.30pm
Prof. Constant J. Mews

Re-thinking Religious History in Global Perspective: songlines, sacred stories, and theologies
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Thursday, 6 April 2017, 5.00pm-6.30pm
Dr. Raphael Dascalu

Between Athens, Baghdad, and Jerusalem: Philosophical Ethics in the Writings of Tanḥum ha-Yerushalmi
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 5.30pm-7.00pm
Prof Derek Krueger

Romanos the Melodist at Easter: Mary Magdalen’s Surprise and Joy in a Hymn On the Resurrection
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2016 Seminars

Wednesday 10 Aug 2016, 5.00pm–6.30pm
Dr Aydogan Kars
Negative Names of God in Medieval Islamic and Kabbalistic Theologies
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Thursday 17 March 2016, 5.30pm-7.00pm
Prof Constant Mews
Scripture, Scholasticism and the Visionary Imagination: From Hildegard of Bingen to Thomas Aquinas
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2015 Seminars

Friday 22 Oct 2015, 5.00pm–6.30pm
Dr Dennis Walker
The Maronite Church, France, and the Construction of the State of Greater Lebanon in 1920
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Friday 18 Sept 2015, 4.00pm–5.30pm
Dr Joel Hodge and Master Charles Cannon
Violence, Cults and Forgiveness: A Public Conversation
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Thursday 6 Aug, 5.00-6.30pm
Amanda Burritt (PhD candidate)
Theology, art and politics: David Roberts, David Wilkie, William Holman Hunt and Victorian Britain’s Holy Land
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Thursday 23 April, 5.00-6.30pm
Marco Pasi – University of Amsterdam
The Study of Western Esotericism
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Thurs 19 March, 5.00-6.30pm
Jill Cox – Monash University
True to tradition and true to the present moment: Re-reading Paul through Luther for a re-vitalised theology of being human
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Fri 6 March, 4.00pm -5.30pm – Cancelled due to illness
Professor Heather Eaton – Saint Paul University, Ottawa
Insights and challenges in the field of religion and ecology
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2013-2014 Seminars

Sept 16, 2014 Prof David T. Runia
(University of Melbourne)
Kosmos, Logos and Nomos:
Philo and Origen on the Genesis creation account
Sept 6, 2014 Prof Padmasiri De Silva (Monash University) Mindfulness and Managing Physical and Emotional Pain
(Lecture theatre K3.21, Caulfield Campus: 15:00-17:00 pm)
August 13 2014 John D’Alton (Monash University) Christian and Muslim views of jihad: wrestling, watchfulness and addiction to passions in Isaac of Nineveh and al-Muhasibi of Basra
June 4, 2014 Merav Carmeli (Monash University) “The Feminine as the Portal to the Divine Realm in Kabbalah Mysticism”
April 30, 2014 Mark Stone (Monash University) “The Children of Adam: Islam and Religious Diversity”
April 2, 2014 Andrew Benjamin (Monash University) “From Hermeneutics to Philosophical Midrash. Developing Jewish Thought”
March 6, 2014 Paul Morton (RMIT University) “Critical Realism and some implications for religious thought”
November 5, 2013 Prof Constant Mews, Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen, Professor Ramon Lewis “Values, Religion and Post-secularism: encounters between secular and religious perspectives in contemporary society”
October 10, 2013 Mirriam Benedikt
Tom Hull (Monash University)
“Late antique Midrash transforms Scripture” and “Intertextual relations in 3 Enoch”
Sept 12, 2013 Scott Daniel Dunbar
Swami Sridharananda,
Swami Tyagananda,
Swami Baneshananda
Swami Sarvapriyananda
“A Paradigm Shift In Inter-Religious Understanding”

5 Sept 2013: Samuel Baudinette and Gidi Ifergan
“Practicing Negation and Negating Practice: Christian and Buddhist approaches to Silence and Buddha-nature”.

27 March 2013: Haybatullah Abouzeid and Mohd Rosmizi Abd Rahman
“Reading Bernard Lewis and John Esposito” and “Good Deeds in al-Ghazali and Augustine”

4 March 2013: Dr Sylvain Piron
“Franciscan economic ethics: communal welfare, business and religious demands”

24 October 2012: Adapting religious symbolism in India and Korea: Paul Beirne and Sarah Curtis
“To eat one bowl of rice is to understand all things”
“Amy Carmichael and The Gates of Dohnavur”

19 April 2012: Hindu Christians and Christian Ashrams , Dr Harry Oldmeadow and Dr Bill Firth-Smith
“Swami Abhishiktananda and the Christian-Hindu Encounter”
“Hindu followers of Jesus and Upadhyay’s ideas of Christian ashrams”