Mr George Ioannides

BA Hons (Sydney)
PhD Candidate


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Biographical details

George Ioannides is a PhD Candidate, lecturer, tutor, and research assistant in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. George’s doctoral research aims to rethink the points of correlation between the academic study of religion and that of materiality, visual culture, and questions of the nonhuman, by placing itself at the broad nexus of religious studies, film studies, new materialism, and animal studies. He aims in his thesis to challenge the norms and suppositions that have attended the study of religion and materiality (‘material religion’) and religion and film at the critical junctures of some of the recent trends in critical cultural theory and continental philosophy to do with the new materialism and various posthuman conceptualisations of the human and nonhuman body. George has written and spoken on a variety of topics that combine his research interests in the study of religion and material and visual culture, animal studies and ecocriticism, philosophies of new materialism and posthumanism, and the intersections surrounding religion, gender, and sexuality (the subject of his 2011 Studies in Religion Honours dissertation). He has also co-edited a special issue of the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion on rethinking religion and the non/human, and a special issue of Literature & Aesthetics on the limits of representation and aesthetics of excess. He is a contributor to The Religious Studies Project, an online media portal for the social-scientific study of religion, and is the University of Sydney’s Human Animal Research Network (HARN) 2015 Postgraduate Representative.

Research interests

  • Religion, materialism, and material culture
  • New materialism and posthumanism
  • Animal studies and ecocriticism
  • Religion, film, and popular culture
  • Method and critical theory in the study of religion
  • Gender, sexuality, and queer theory
  • Continental philosophies of religion
  • Ancient history and modern historiography of religion
  • Western esotericism and new religious movements

Teaching and supervision

George has taught units in Studies in Religion since 2012, including RLST1002 A History of God, Deities and Demons, RLST1005 Atheism, Fundamentalism and New Religions, RLST2635 Sex, Desire and the Sacred, RLST2636 Ancient Egyptian Religion and Magic, and RLST3601 Rethinking Religion. In 2013 he was awarded the Faculty Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials Award, and in 2014 he was awarded both the Faculty Excellence in Teaching (Practice) Award and the Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship.

Associations

  • Member of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
  • Member of the Human Animal Research Network (HARN)
  • Member of the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA)
  • Member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC)
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Member of the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel)

Awards and honours

  • FASS Excellence in Teaching (Practice) Award (2014)
  • FASS Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship (2014)
  • University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Award (2013, 2014)
  • FASS Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials Award (2013)
  • BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel) Conference Bursary (2013)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2012)
  • University of Sydney Honours Scholarship (2011)
  • Rachel McKibbin Prize (2011)
  • GS Caird Scholarship in Religious Studies III (2010)
  • Included in the Arts Dean’s List of Meritorious Students (2010)
  • University of Sydney Academic Merit Prize (2009, 2010)
  • Walter Reid Memorial Prize (2009, 2010)
  • John Cooper Memorial Essay Prize (Undergraduate) (2008)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Ioannides, G. (2014). Queer Travels: Intersections for the Study of Islam, Sexuality, and Queer Theory. In Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon (Eds.), Queering Religion, Religious Queers, (pp. 117-136). New York: Routledge.
  • Ioannides, G. (2013). Re-membering Sirius: animal death, rites of mourning, and the (material) cinema of spectrality. In Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animal death, (pp. 103-118). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Ioannides, G., Robertson, V. (2013). Editors' Introduction to Special Postgraduate Issue: Rethinking Religion and the Non/Human. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(3), 229-233.
  • Ioannides, G. (2013). Vibrant Sacralities and Nonhuman Animacies: The Matter of New Materialism and Material Religion. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(3), 234-253. [More Information]
  • Ioannides, G. (2011). Pietistic Penetration: Aesthetics of Queer Sacrality in Derek Jarman's Sebastiane (1976). Literature and Aesthetics, 21(2), 26-44.

Edited Journals

  • Ioannides, G., Robertson, V. (2013). Rethinking Religion and the Non/Human. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(3).
  • Hartney, C., Ioannides, G. (2011). The Limits of Representation and the Aesthetics of Excess. Literature and Aesthetics, 21(2).

Other

  • Ioannides, G. (2012), 'Double Trouble: Some Reflections on (En)gendering the Study of Religion'. The Religious Studies Project. 23 May.

2014

  • Ioannides, G. (2014). Queer Travels: Intersections for the Study of Islam, Sexuality, and Queer Theory. In Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon (Eds.), Queering Religion, Religious Queers, (pp. 117-136). New York: Routledge.

2013

  • Ioannides, G., Robertson, V. (2013). Editors' Introduction to Special Postgraduate Issue: Rethinking Religion and the Non/Human. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(3), 229-233.
  • Ioannides, G. (2013). Re-membering Sirius: animal death, rites of mourning, and the (material) cinema of spectrality. In Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animal death, (pp. 103-118). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Ioannides, G., Robertson, V. (2013). Rethinking Religion and the Non/Human. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(3).
  • Ioannides, G. (2013). Vibrant Sacralities and Nonhuman Animacies: The Matter of New Materialism and Material Religion. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 26(3), 234-253. [More Information]

2012

  • Ioannides, G. (2012), 'Double Trouble: Some Reflections on (En)gendering the Study of Religion'. The Religious Studies Project. 23 May.

2011

  • Ioannides, G. (2011). Pietistic Penetration: Aesthetics of Queer Sacrality in Derek Jarman's Sebastiane (1976). Literature and Aesthetics, 21(2), 26-44.
  • Hartney, C., Ioannides, G. (2011). The Limits of Representation and the Aesthetics of Excess. Literature and Aesthetics, 21(2).

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