Preaching Australia: religion, public conversation and the sermon :

2 Day Conference 19 – 20 September 2013

St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra

Call for Papers for a two-day conference entitled ‘Preaching Australia: religion, public conversation and the sermon’, to be held on 19-20  September 2013, at St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra.


Our two plenary speakers: Professor Alan Atkinson ( Emeritus Prof at UNE and Senior Tutor at St Paul’s College, University of Sydney) and Professor Hilary Carey (University of Newcastle). 

The conference explores and evaluates the role of public religious conversation in shaping Australian public life, through the study of preaching and sermons. Although the pulpit has been the most widely used platform for public speech throughout much of Australian history, preaching has received remarkably little attention from historians, while sermons are rarely cited as historical sources. This conference examines the historical contexts, content, methods and reception of preaching in order to shed new light on Australian culture and society. We invite papers that deal with any aspect of Australian preaching or sermons, considered in their historical context.

A more extended description of possible themes and details can be found on the conference webpage at:

The conference is hosted by St Mark’s National Theological Centre (a partner of the School of Theology at Charles Start University in Canberra) and co-sponsored by the Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre (PaCT) and the Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI) at Deakin University. Some funding will be available to support the attendance of research postgraduates and independent scholars.

 To submit an abstract or if you have further questions please feel free to contact Joanna Cruickshank ([email protected]) 03 5227 2510,  or Michael Gladwin ([email protected]) 02 6272 6268.