AGM

AGM 2016

Outgoing President, Scientia Professor John Gascoigne, reported the following:

The new committee is in place with Constant Mews as President, Katharine Massam as Secretary and Kerrie Handasyde as Treasurer (Peter Price had to withdraw because of illness). Other members of the committee remain the same: Glen O’Brien, vice-president, and Shurlee Swain and Leigh Penman committee members along, of course, with the two editors, Jason Taliadoris  and Joanne Cruickshank.

As regards the recent meeting the main other news item was that the RHA are giving a $6000 grant to support the following workshop:

Laura Radmaker (ACU) and Christina Petterson (Newcastle)

‘What God has joined together: Histories of religion and marriage’ to be held at the University of Newcastle in July 2017. This will proceed the annual Australian Historical Association conference at which the RHA plans to include its customary strand.

 

President : Professor Constant Mews, Director, Centre for Religious Studies

Constant J. Mews gained his BA and MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his  DPhil from Oxford University. He is Professor within the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University where he is also Director of the Centre for Religious Studies. He has published widely on medieval thought, ethics, and religious culture, with particular reference to the writings of Abelard, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen and their contemporaries, including Abelard and Heloise (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) and The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard. Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France, 2nd edn (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008). His research interests range from the early middle ages to late medieval religious and intellectual culture, as well as the interface between various religious and ethical traditions.

 

Vice President :  Associate Professor Glen O’Brien, Head of Theology, School for Christian Studies, Booth College (Sydney College of Divinity)

Associate Professor Glen O’Brien is Senior Lecturer in Church History and Head of Theology at Booth College, a Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity. He is also Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle. His research areas include Australian Methodism and the political writings of John Wesley. He is a Research Fellow and Secretary of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research http://acwr.edu.au/fellows/research-fellows/glen-obrien and Editor of its peer reviewed journal Aldersgate Papers. Along with Professor Hilary Carey he has co-edited a new scholarly history of Australian

 

Treasurer: Dr Kerrie Handasyde, Lecturer in Churches of Christ Identity and Early Church History

Kerrie is a historian with a deep and abiding interest in the people, practices and ideas of the Churches of Christ movement.  She has published a number of books and scholarly articles on Churches of Christ history with a focus on church development in the nineteenth century, liturgical practice and theology, women’s ministry, and local church history as it intersects with the broader movement.  Her PhD research is focussed on the literature of Australian Nonconformist churches as they engaged with the Australian landscape.  Kerrie served as Honorary Historian for the Conference of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (2008-2013) and Editor of ‘Historical Digest’ for the Australian Churches of Christ Historical Society (2001-2014).

 

katharine-massamSecretary: Dr Katharine Massam

Dr Katharine Massam is Professor of Church History at Pilgrim Theological College in Melbourne, and teaching within the University of Divinity. She writes and teaches on a range of themes in the history of Christian spirituality, with a particular interest in Australia. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Western Australia, and has also studied in the School of Education at Flinders University (Adelaide) and at the School of Theology, St John’s University (Collegeville, MN).  Her publications include Sacred Threads: Catholic Spirituality in Australia (UNSW Press, 1996), On High Ground (UWA Press, 1996), as well as a number of scholarly articles and a forthcoming monograph on the Spanish Benedictine Missionary Sisters of New Norcia.

RHA Attached documents:
The Minutes – RHA Minutes July 2016-Final

 

AGM 2015

President reported on the following:

Committee changes

Welcomed Joanne Cruickshank and Jason Taliadoris as the new editors and thanked the outgoing editors, Carole M. Cusack and Christopher Hartney, for their eight years of service during which the journal has grown and prospered

Held elections for the casual vacancies which will occur for the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer from July 2016. Constant Mews, Katharine Massam and Peter Price were declared elected unopposed to these positions.

Conferences

Thanks to Jack Tsonis for arranging the RHA strand at the Sydney Univ. July 2015 AHA conference and to Shurlee Swain for her keynote.

Reported that the president would be giving a paper in the Commission Internationale d’Histoire et d’Etudes du Christianisme strand of the Congress of Historical Sciences at Jinan, China August 2015.

The RHA to give a grant to support a conference entitled ‘Mining Faith” a workshop on ‘Mining Faith: a workshop on faith, spirituality and religion in Australia’ to be held at Latrobe Univ., Bendigo Campus, in Feb. 2016

Honorary Fellowship
Awarded to Hilary Carey, founding president of the RHA and former editor of the JRH

 

AGM 2014

Conferences

Thanks to Leigh Penman for organising the RHA strand of the 2014 AHA held at the Univ. of Qld. July 7-11 including the visit of a keynote speaker, Emeritus Professor Ron Numbers, a distinguished scholar of the history of the relations between science and religion.  In 2014 the Society will also be supporting a transTasman initiative, the Marsden bicentennial conference to be held, 26-28 November, 2014, Massey University, Auckland campus with Joanna Cruickshank (JRH joint review editor) as the Association representative. The Association’s thanks, too, to Josip Matesic who coordinated the religious history stream of the July 2013 meeting of the Australian Historical Association conference at Wollongong.

 

AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Religious History Association was held at Macquarie University in July 2013.

It is with pleasure that we announce the results of the election to the Committee of Management of the Religious History Association for a two-year term from July 2013 to June 2016.

 

 

President :  Scientia Professor, John Gascoigne, UNSW, School of Humanities and Languages, NSW

As incoming president of the Association I would like to both salute and farewell my predecessor, our founding president, Hilary Carey. Hilary was the leading spirit in the creation of the Religious History Society in 1998 and played a major role in the merger between it and the Association for the Journal of Religious History to form the Religious History Association in 2010. She has served in many of the different roles which the Association now encompasses: journal editor, conference organiser (on multiple occasions) and committee member. As President she did much to establish many of the features which give the Association a public face: this website, the newsletter and the online discussion group. The Association wishes her every success in her new post as Head, School of Humanities, Bristol University, UK.

Vice President :  Associate Professor Glen O’Brien, Head of Theology, School for Christian Studies,  Booth College (Sydney College of Divinity)

Associate Professor Glen O’Brien is Senior Lecturer in Church History and Head of Theology at Booth College, a Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity. He is also Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle. His research areas include Australian Methodism and the political writings of John Wesley. He is a Research Fellow and Secretary of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research http://acwr.edu.au/fellows/research-fellows/glen-obrien and Editor of its peer reviewed journal Aldersgate Papers. Along with Professor Hilary Carey he has co-edited a new scholarly history of Australian Methodism to be published by Ashgate in 2014.

 

Malcolm Prentis at Stirling-small-1

Treasurer: Professor Malcolm Prentis, Australian Catholic University

Secretary of RHA

Secretary: Dr Ian Tregenza, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS:

  • Professor Philip Almond, University of Queensland
  • Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Deakin University
  • Professor Peter Harrison, University of Queensland
  • Professor Shurlee Swain FASSA, Australian Catholic University
  • Leigh Penman, University of Queensland

 

JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY

The Editors of the Journal of Religious History are ex officio members of the RHA Committee of Management.  Professor Carole M. Cusack and Dr Christopher Hartney were confirmed for a fourth and final two-year term as Editors of the Journal.

The Committee also elected Associate Professor Stuart Piggin as a Fellow of the Religious History Association.  The nomination will follow shortly and can be read on our Fellows page.

As outgoing President of the Religious History Association, Professor Hilary Carey sends her congratulations to all those who have agreed to serve on the RHA Committee of Management.  Hilary sends thanks also to the Editors of the Journal of Religious History, Josip Matesic, organiser of the RHA contribution to the Wollongong meeting of the Australian Historical Association.   Their efforts over the last two years have helped make the Association stronger in terms of its finances, activities and publications, including the Journal of Religious History, TheRHA (the newsletter edited by Anna Haunton), and the new conference publication series, the first volume of which, edited by Christopher Hartney, will be published by Cambridge Scholars Press later this year.

Hilary looks forward to continuing her attachment to the Association as a member and subscriber to the Journal of Religious History when she moves to the UK next year.

 

AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Religious History Association was held at Macquarie University on 31 July 2013.

The Minutes – AGM-31-July- 2013-RHA Minutes

AGM 2012

The Annual General Meeting of the Religious History Association was held at Macquarie University in November 2012.

  • Dr Meredith Lake was awarded the Bruce Mansfield Prize for “Provincialising God: Anglicanism, Place and the Colonisation of Australian Land,”Journal of Religious History 35.1 (March 2011): 72-90.
  • Voting for the RHA Committee of Management will be held at the next RHA meeting in July 2013.

The Minutes – AGM-19 November 2012-RHA Minutes

AGM 2011

The Annual General Meeting of the Religious History Association was held at Macquarie University on Monday 14 November 2011.

  • Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge was elected a Fellow of the Religious History Association.
  • Professor Nancy van Deusen of Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada won the Bruce Mansfield Prize for her article, “Reading the Body: Mystical Theology and Spiritual Actualisation in Early Seventeenth-Century Lima,” Journal of Religious History 33.1 (March 2009): 1-27.

RHA Attached documents:
The Minutes – AGM-14-Nov-2011-RHA Minutes3
Editors Report – JRH-Editors-Report-Nov-2011

AGM 2010

The first Annual General Meeting of the Religious History Association was held at the University of Sydney on 8 November 2010.  See AGM information and minutes from 2010