Research Profile: Kerrie Handasyde

PhD, MA (Research), BA, BTheol, AMusA

Research Interests

Kerrie researches and publishes on the history of Protestant Nonconformity in Australia with a particular focus on literature, landscape, liturgy, arts and lived experience. She also has an interest in the relationship between the local church, denominational identity and the stories that we tell ourselves about the past.

Kerrie brings many years of teaching and educational administration experience to her role, and is currently Treasurer of the Religious History Association.

Recent publications

God in the Landscape: Studies in the Literary History of Australian Protestant Dissent (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021 forthcoming). Monograph.

Contemporary Feminist Theologies: Power, Authority, Love. Co-edited by Kerrie Handasyde, Cathryn McKinney and Rebekah Pryor (Abingdon: Routledge, 2020).

‘Embodied Knowing: Science and Technology’, co-authored with Anne Elvey, in Cultural History of Women and Christianity, 1920–present, ed. Lisa Isherwood (Abingdon: Routledge, Forthcoming).

‘The Nature of Women and Their Part in Christianity’, in Cultural History of Women and Christianity, 1920–present, ed. Lisa Isherwood (Abingdon: Routledge, forthcoming).

‘Mother, Preacher, Press: Women Ministers and the Negotiation of Authority, 1910–1933’, in Contemporary Feminist Theologies: Power, Authority, Love, edited by Kerrie Handasyde, Cathryn McKinney and Rebekah Pryor (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021).

‘Religious Dress and the Making of Women Preachers in Australia, 1880–1934’, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal (2020, forthcoming).

‘Pentecost Past or Present: Responses to Charismatic Phenomena in Australian Churches of Christ’, Pneuma: Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies 41 (2019): 458–476.

‘Anzac Theology and the Women Poets Under the Southern Cross’, Colloquium: The Australia and New Zealand Theological Review, Vol. 49, No. 1 (May 2017).

‘Pioneering Leadership: Historical Myth-Making, Absence and Identity in the Churches of Christ in Victoria’, Journal of Religious History, Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 2017).

‘Holy Land Tourism: A Horseback Ride from Public Theology to Private Faith’, Melbourne Historical Journal, Vol. 43 special issue: ‘Territories and Transitions’ (2015).

‘Harvest Thanksgiving and the Photography of Grace’, Australian Journal of Liturgy, Vol. 14, No. 4 (2015).

‘Transforming history: the origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Victoria, Australia’, Stone-Campbell Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring 2014).

Kerrie has also written extensively for a more general audience, for example:

‘Wattle: “symbol of this nation’s heart”’, Australian Garden History, Vol. 29, no. 3 (January 2018).

With My Sister Beside Me: History of Women’s Ministry Unit-Churches of Christ in Australia (Mulgrave: Australian Churches of Christ Historical Society, 2014).

Research supervision

Kerrie welcomes research proposals on the history of Protestantism in Australia, religious literature, the Stone-Campbell Movement, religion and environmental history, religion and visual culture, religion and material culture, and Protestant women’s history

Research profile

For more information see Kerrie’s profile here  and more details at the University of Divinity Research Repository.