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Dr Janice McRandal

Vice Principal and Lecturer in Systematic Theology

I guess you could say that teaching and researching theology is a dream job for me! After spending eight years as a local church minister, and many years teaching in both theological colleges and in the broader church, I was delighted to arrive at TCQ in 2013. My primary teaching role focuses on Christian doctrine: not only in relation to how doctrine animates life in the Christian community, but also in relation to the varieties of our lived experience. For this reason, my research explores issues of race, gender, and ecology, and my work as a feminist theologian is committed to working for liberated and abundant lives for those within and beyond the church.

More recently, I’ve has been thinking about the role of Christian doctrine in popular cultural spaces. Writing about film, art, and sport, I hope to show the connection between our everyday joys and creativities, and the traditional faith of the church. I am currently working on a new book that looks specifically at theology and sport.

Publications

Books

Contested Theology: bodies, sport, and motion. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, forthcoming 2018.

Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen, co-edited with Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Wipf & Stoke, forthcoming 2017.

Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

Christian Doctrine and the Grammar of Difference: a contribution to feminist systematic theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.

Book Chapters

“Introduction”. In Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen, co-edited with Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Wipf & Stoke, forthcoming 2017.

“Risky Words, Dissenting Bodies”. In Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen, co-edited with Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Wipf & Stoke, forthcoming 2017.

“Embodied Gods: Anthropomorphism and Subjectivity”. In Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender -‘God’ Edited by Sîan Hawthorne, forthcoming 2017.

Introduction “Being George Eliot: an impossible standpoint?” ”. In Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology. Janice McRandal, editor.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

“On Power and Silence: Reading Foucault with Coakley”. In Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology. Janice McRandal, editor.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

“Gender: Difference, Sin and the Trinity”. In Speaking Differently: Essays in Theological Anthropology. Phillip Tolliday and Heather Thomson, eds. Canberra: Barton Books, 2013

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Subject to Spirit: The Promise of Pentecostal Feminist Pneumatology and Its Witness to Systematics”. In Pneuma 35:1 (2013), pp 48-60.

“A Free Man’s World: Open Theism and the Feminist Critique of Autonomy”. In Aldersgate Papers 9 (2011).

“Sarah Coakley: Systematic Theology and the Future of Feminism”. In Pacifica 24:3 (2011), pp. 300-314.

“Struggled For and Not Possessed: Language for the Divine and the Apophatic Turn”. In St Mark’s Review 215 (2011), pp. 71-86.

Conference Papers

“Decolonising the Apocalypse” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2016

“Ball Games and Masculinity: atoning masculinities and racialized bodies in sport” ANZATS conference, 2016

“Body Attack: on the liturgical deformations of women’s bodies” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2015

“The Slow Apocalypse: what sort of difference does Girard make to how we read apocalyptic biblical texts?” The Australian Girard Seminar, Jan 2015

“Doing Violence to Theology: a response to Kate Tomas” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2014

“Come follow me: comparative studies in interfaith proselytization” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2014

“Risky Words, Dissenting Bodies”.  After Crucifixion: The Theology of Craig Keen, Jul 2014

“Creatio ex Nihilo and the nearness of difference”. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nov 2013

“Holy Presence and Radical Communion: John Wesley, trinitarian presence, and eucharistic transgression”. Presented at the Wesleyan Centre for Research Theological Conference, Jul 2013

“Gender Trouble in the Salvation Army”. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nov 2012

“Subject to Spirit: the promise of Pentecostal feminist pneumatology and its witness to systematics”. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nov 2011

“A Free Man’s World: women’s subjugation and the openness (or closeness?) of God”. Wesleyan Centre for Research Theological Conference, Aug 2011.

“Struggled for and not possessed: Language for the Divine and the Apophatic Turn”. Sydney University Theological Symposium, Dec 2010.

“Gendered Economy: The Trinity and Subordination in Contemporary Systematics”. Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, a theological conference at Charles Sturt University, July 2010.

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