Contributors

Dr Veronica Brady

Veronica Brady is Honorary Senior Research Fellow (previously an Associate Professor) in the Department of English, University of Western Australia. She is also a Roman Catholic nun, and a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the Loreto Sisters). Her research interests include Australian literature, and social and theological issues. She has a strong commitment to social justice, especially to reconciliation with Aboriginal Australians. Her most recent books are Shall these Bones Live?, Caught in the Draught, and South of My Days. She is currently writing on issues to do with ecology and the sacred.

Dr Elizabeth Burns Coleman

Elizabeth Coleman is Lecturer in Philosophy, La Trobe University. She has held a post-doctoral fellowship in the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, The Australian National University, and lectured in the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, The Australian National University. Her most recent publication is Aboriginal Art, Identity and Appropriation (Ashgate Publishing, 2005).

Professor Riaz Hassan

Riaz Hassan is ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology, Flinders University. He has published extensively on the sociology of religion, including Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society (Oxford University Press, 2002), ‘On being Religious: A Study of Christian and Muslim Piety in Australia’, Australian Religious Studies Review, 2002, and ‘Imagining Religion: Self-Images of Islam’, Asian Studies Review, 2002.

Professor Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter is a Research Professor in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. He specialises in the history of early modern religious, political and philosophical thought. His most recent monograph is Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany (Cambridge 2001). Together with Thomas Ahnert and Frank Grunert he has just finished the first English translation of works by the early German enlightenment thinker, Christian Thomasius, and he is currently completing a book on Thomasius.

Mr Liam Dee

Liam Dee is a PhD student at the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University. Mr Dee’s current research is an examination of the aesthetic, from its origins as an ancient Greek epistemological concept to contemporary trends in the design of lifestyle commodities. Other research interests include the imagination as social critique and the ‘culture industry’.

Dr Winifred Wing Han Lamb

Winifred Lamb teaches at Narrabundah College in the Australian Capital Territory and is a visiting fellow in Philosophy at The Australian National University. She has published in philosophy of education and religion. Her most recent book Living Truth and Truthful Living: Christian Faith and the Scalpel of Suspicion, 2004 is published by ATF Press.

Ms Dianne McGowan

Dianne McGowan is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, The Australian National University. Ms McGowan’s research project is tracing the historical production, by the West, of the category ‘Tibetan Art’.

Mr Colin Noble

Colin Noble is Chaplain and teaches Studies of Religion at William Clarke College. Prior to that he taught Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney for 14 years, after studying and working in Japan for a number of years. He has postgraduate qualifications in Japanese Studies, education and Christian Studies. His areas of publication include church-state conflict in Japan, Japanese Christian thought, and Buddhist-Christian parallels.

Dr Helen Pringle

Helen Pringle is a Senior Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, University of New South Wales. Her research is in the areas of the history of political thought, political and social theory, politics and literature, questions of sex, gender and public policy, and in particular pornography and hate speech.

Ms Pauline Ridge

Pauline Ridge is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at The Australian National University. Her research interests are in equity and trusts, restitution, and law and religion. In 2001 and 2002 she conducted an empirical study on the receipt of financial benefits by Ministers within the NSW Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. She has written on the equitable and probate doctrines of undue influence generally, and in the context of religious faith.

Associate Professor Suzanne D. Rutland

Suzanne Rutland is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney and Associate Professor in Jewish Civilisation. Her major publications include Edge of the Diaspora: Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia, Collins, 1988 (1997), and Pages of History: A Century of the Australian Jewish Press, 1995. She has held numerous leadership positions within the Jewish and academic communities, including being current president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, Sydney, and immediate past president of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies.

Mr Kuranda Seyit

Mr Seyit is currently Executive Director of the Forum on Islamic Relations and chief editor of Australia FAIR, and is a former editor of Australian Muslim News. He is also undertaking postgraduate research at the University of Sydney in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Revd. Eilidh Campbell St John

Eilidh St John is the Unitarian Chaplain at the University of Tasmania. She trained at Manchester College, Oxford, majoring in comparative religion and community development. She served as a minister in England and Northern Ireland where she was active in peace and reconciliation work. She teaches courses on Ideas and Faiths and the Politics of Democratisation – East and West – at the University of Tasmania. Her doctoral thesis on the epistemology of the sacred and its political ramifications in a multifaith society is nearing completion. She is Director of the International Institute for Social Change and Non-Violent Action and is a Global Advisor to Generation Next, a UK Charity working to educate disadvantaged South African children.

Professor Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz is a Visiting Professor of Political Science at The Australian National University, Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and Director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Research, Shalom Institute, Sydney.

Dr Kevin White

Kevin White is a Reader in the Sociology Department at The Australian National University. He has held appointments at Flinders University in South Australia, Wollongong University, and the Victoria University of Wellington. His most recent publications include (with Frank Lewins and Alastair Greig) Inequality in Australia, Cambridge University Press, 2004, and An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness, 2002.

Professor Hal Wootten AC, QC

Hal Wootten is a Visiting Professor, Law School, University of NSW. He has been a QC, secretary-general of Lawasia, foundation dean and professor of law at UNSW, foundation president of the first Aboriginal Legal Service, Supreme Court judge, chairman of the Australian Press Council, president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, royal commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Deputy-President of the National Native Title Tribunal. In 1991 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for services to human rights, conservation, legal education and the law. He encountered sacrilege issues as Ministerial rapporteur/mediator on Aboriginal claims for protection of sacred sites threatened by a dam at Alice Springs, mining in SA and Queensland, and water-skiing and grazing in NSW.