Testament of Mentors:
Feminist Engagement in Academia


2 – 5 PM: “Testament of Mentors: Feminist Engagement in Academia”

What does it mean to accompany one another?  How has mentoring helped more women and other non-traditional leaders emerge in some disciplines? How does theology compare to the wider academy in Australia and internationally?
How does being a mentor – and being mentored – change our understanding of ourselves in relation to other people and in our many contexts?

How can mentoring promote change in academic life enabling more women and non-traditional leaders to emerge? How do we enable each other to flourish? What does being a mentor and being mentored show us about ourselves and others?

With these and other questions to consider, this will be an afternoon of input and conversation with Joy Damousi andAlexandra McMullen.

Prof Joy Damousi is an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. Since 2014, Professor Damousi’s laureate fellowship has included a mentoring scheme to provide training to women early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Ms Alexandra McMullen, author of ‘Blending pedagogies to benefit communities: VET for social and economic renewal’, has developed structures and strategies for mentoring in professional and community settings from rural health to the Brotherhood of St Laurence.



7:30 PM:  “A TAPESTRY OF WOVEN THREADS”,  By Prof Elaine Wainwright

In honour of Dr Janette Gray RSM

The title of this lecture was born from immersion into the theology of Janette Gray, its richness and its diversity: from celibacy to ecology to theological
anthropology and much more. It is against this backdrop, and occasional dialogue with Janette Gray’s work, that I undertake a reading of Matthew 19 and its tapestry of woven threads – threads of complex human relationships. The lens I bring to this task is one that Jan brought to celibacy—an ecological perspective.

Elaine Wainwright is Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Broken Bay Institute, Sydney. She is a New
Testament Scholar specializing in the Gospel of Matthew, to which she brings a feminist and ecological perspective and on which she has published widely.
She is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and served with Janette Gray on its Circle of Mercy Theologians.


FULL EVENT: $80  (full-time students and unwaged attendees $50)

Afternoon only: $40 (full-time students and unwaged attendees $15)
Dinner & Janette Gray Lecture only: $50 (full-time students and unwaged attendees $35)

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2:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday, 31 Aug 2018
The Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Cres., Parkville VIC 3052
Fotini Toso - ftoso@divinity.edu.au or Ann Byrne, Events Coordinator - ann.byrne@victas.uca.org.au / 03 9340 8815