Mr George Ioannides
BA Hons (Sydney)
George Ioannides is a PhD Candidate, and research assistant in the Department of Studies in Religion. George’s doctoral research, which commenced in 2012, aims to rethink the points of correlation between the academic study of religion and that of materiality, new materialism, and questions of the nonhuman, by placing itself at the broad nexus of religious studies, continental philosophy, and human-animal studies. He aims in his thesis to think through how particular theories of matter and mattering might ‘animate’ certain conceptualisations of religiosity, including that of material religion, trans-species religion, and the materiality of religious ‘things.’ Combining his research interests in the study of religion and material and visual culture, animal studies and ecocriticism, contemporary (Continental) philosophies of new materialism and posthumanism, and the intersections surrounding religion, gender and sexuality (the subject of his 2011 Studies in Religion Honours dissertation), George has so far published on the subjects of religio-sexual aesthetics in film, animals in film, theory and method in the study of Islam and queer theory, and the study of material religion as linked with new materialism. George 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. George is also a contributor to The Religious Studies Project, a successful online media portal for the social-scientific study of religion, and he currently teaches for several undergraduate units in Studies in Religion.
- 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, and RLST2635 Sex, Desire and the Sacred. In 2013 he was awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials Award.
- Member of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
- Member of the Human Animal Research Network (HARN)
- Member of the Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG)
- Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
- Member of the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel)
- Member of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA)
Awards and honours
- FASS Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship (2014)
- FASS Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials Award (2013)
- University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme 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)
Recent conference papers
- ‘Vibrant Sacralities: Religion, Esotericism, and New Materialist Onto-Epistemologies,’ Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge: Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) and European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) Joint Conference, University of Groningen, 11-15 May 2014.
- ‘Response to Claire Jean Kim’s Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge UP, 2014),’ Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) Conference Keynote Workshop with Assoc. Prof. Claire Jean Kim, University of Sydney, 11 July 2013.
- ‘Trans-Species Religiosity: Ecology, Sacrality and the Anthropocene,’ Life in the Anthropocene: Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) Conference, University of Sydney, 8-10 July 2013.
- ‘The Matter of Materiality and the Materiality of Sacrality: Theory and Method in Material Religion,’ Material Religion: BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel) Annual Conference, Durham University, 9-11 April 2013.
- ‘Object-Oriented Religiosities: Religion, Materiality, and the Material Culture of Sacrality,’ Materialities: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Conference, University of Sydney, 4-6 December 2012.
- ‘Multiple Modernities/Multiple Sexualities: Theory and Method in the Study of Islam, Sexuality, and Queer Theory,’ Multiple Religious Modernities: Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) Annual Conference, University of Western Sydney, 28-30 September 2012.
- ‘Flesh, Flight, and Film: Animal Death, Rites of Mourning, and the Religious Cinematics of Sirius Remembered (1959),’ Animal Death: Human Animal Research Network (HARN) Conference, University of Sydney, 12-13 June 2012