Associate Professor Julia Kindt

MA Munich PhD Camb
Chair, Classics and Ancient History

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Julia Kindt is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics and Ancient History. She has a Ph.D. In Classics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Munich. Her publications include Rethinking Greek Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Revisiting Delphi: Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She has co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015, jointly with E. Eidinow) and Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2016, jointly with E. Eidinow and R. Osborne). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Ancient History and a senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Religion.

Research interests

  • Ancient Greek History
  • Ancient Greek Religion, the Comparative Study of Religions (‘Religionswissenschaft’)
  • Oracles and Divination
  • Ancient Anthropology and Human/Animal Studies
  • Historiography (Ancient and Modern)
  • Herodotus

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate units include:

  • ANHS1600 Foundations for Ancient Greece (ca 300 students)
  • ANHS2605 Ancient Greek Religion (ca 140 students)
  • ANHS3635Historiography Ancient and Modern (ca 60 students)
  • ANHS3605 Documents and Ancient History (Greek)
  • ANHS2622 Herodotus and his World (ca 150 students)
  • ANHS4000 Honours Seminar Greek Tragedy and Society (ca 12 students)
  • ANHS4000 Honours Seminar Re-Visiting Delphi: Oracles and the Oracular from Antiquity to the Present (ca 12 students)
  • ANHS 4011: Beyond Finley: The New Anthropology of Greece (ca. 12 students)

Postgraduate units include:

  • Ancient Religions, Historiography

Recently supervised theses

 

  • Rhetoric and Speechmaking in Herodotus’ Histories (Ph.D., ongoing)
  • Oracles and Rhetoric in Classical Athens (M.Phil, ongoing)
  • Disability in Ancient Athens (MPhil; ongoing)
  • The Body, Violence and Critical Enquiry in Ancient Greece (MPhil.; submitted 2015)
  • Immortality in Heraclitus and Plato (PhD.; associate supervision, submitted 2015)
  • The Archaeology of Household Religion (PhD.; associate supervision, ongoing)
  • Mystery Religions and Polis Religion (M Phil.; submitted 2013)
  • Asebeia: The Construction of Religious Orthodoxy in Classical Athens (MPhil.; submitted 2011)
  • Herodotus' Philosophy of History (MPhil.; submitted 2007)
  • Numerous honours theses on Herodotus, Greco-Roman historiography and Greek Religion

Current projects

  • Anthropology and Animality in Ancient Greece (book project)
  • Ancient Greek Personal Religion (book project)

Awards and honours

  • Visiting Fellow, Max Weber Kolleg Erfurt University, 2014
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Collaborative Research Scheme Grant (FACRS) 2011-2012
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, 2007 and 2012
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme Grant, 2008 and 2010
  • Council member of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) 2009 - present
  • Katharine Graham Endowed Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2005
  • Harper Schmitt Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 2003-2005

 

 

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Ancient History (published by de Gruyter)
  • Senior Editor, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, Oxford University Press
  • Advisory Board, Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), Oxford University Press

Conference Organiser/Keynotes

2017 Keynote Lecture ‘Beyond the Binary: Revisiting the Global and the Local in the Ancient World’. Montreal, Canada

2016 Panel Organizer, Ancient Greek Personal Religion Annual Meeting of the American Society for Classical Studies San Francisco, CA

2015 Annual Lecture at the Meeting of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA), Sydney, Australia

2012 Department of Classics, Cambridge University, UK Conference: The Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion (jointly organized with Prof. Osborne, Dr. Eidinow)

2009 Department of Classics, Cambridge University, UK Conference: The Real and the Imaginary: The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Religion – A Conference in Honor of Richard Gordon (jointly organized with Prof. Osborne, Dr. Scott)

2008 Keynote Lecture ‘Polis Religion: Perceptions of Polis-Religion: Inside-Outside’ – Symposium in Memory of Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, Reading, UK

Organised the visit of Professors John and Jean Comaroff to the University of Sydney, April/May 2012. See details here.

Academic Referee

Cambridge University Press (CUP), Oxford University Press (OUP), Routledge, Ashgate Publising, Classical Antiquity (CA), History of Religions, Greece & Rome, Occasional Papers of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR), Antichthon

I have also served as external examiner of several PhD, MA and honours theses and as an external referee for academic promotions.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Human Animal Research Network; Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett (Quain) A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M, McGreevy P, McManus P, Raubenheimer D, Schlosberg D, Spurr B, Shine R, Wadiwel D; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Plato's Myth Voice: The Identification and Interpretation of Inspired Speech in Plato; Benitez E, Kindt J, Baltzly D, Johnson M, Tarrant H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • The function of images in magical papyri and artefacts of ritual power from Late Antiquity.; Johnston J, Gardner I, Kindt J, Whitehouse H, Hunter E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • The Inspired Voices Research Cluster; Benitez E, Kindt J, Maxwell I, Wilson P; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Kindt, J. (2016). Revisiting Delphi: Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece. Cambrdige: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Rethinking Greek Religion. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E., Osborne, R. (2016). Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Kindt, J. (2017). Text and Image in the Theban Magical Library (forthcoming). In J Johnston (Eds.), Text and Image in Ancient Magical Papyri. Leiden: Brill.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). The Animal in Ancient Greek Religion (forthcoming). In T Scheer (Eds.), Nature, Myth, Religion in Ancient Greek Religion. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). The Inspired Voice: Oracular Communication as Enigmatic Communication (in press). In Naiden and Talbert (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Communications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Eidinow, E., Kindt, J., Osborne, R., Tor, S. (2016). Introduction: what might we mean by the theologies of ancient Greek religion? In Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. and Osborne, R. (Eds.), Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, (pp. 1-11). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2016). The Story of Theology and the Theology of the Story. In Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. and Osborne, R. (Eds.), Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, (pp. 12-34). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Eidinow, E., Kindt, J. (2015). Introduction. In Esther Eidinow, Julia Kindt (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, (pp. 1-7). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2015). Oracular Shrines as Places of Religious Experience. In Rubina Raja and Jorg Rupke (Eds.), A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World, (pp. 268-278). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Kindt, J. (2011). Ancient Greece. In Timothy Insoll (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion, (pp. 696-709). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2009). Religion. In Boys-Stones, George; Graziosi, Barbara; Vasunia, Phiroze (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies, (pp. 364-377). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Kindt, J. (2017). Capturing the Ancient Animal: Human Animal Studies and the Classics (forthcoming). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 137.
  • Kindt, J. (2016). On academic writing: a personal note. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(5), 1086-1088. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2015). Personal Religion: A Productive Category for the Study of Ancient Greek Religion? Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135, 35-50. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2010). Parmeniscus' Journey: Tracing Religious Visuality in Word and Wood. Classical Philology, 105(3), 252-264. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2009). On Tyrant Property Turned Ritual Object: Political Power and Sacred Symbols in Ancient Greece and in Social Anthropology. Arethusa, 42(3), 211-250.
  • Kindt, J. (2009). Polis Religion - A Critical Appreciation. Kernos, 22, 9-34. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2008). Oracular Ambiguity as a Mediation Triple. Classicum, XXXIV(1), 23-27.
  • Kindt, J. (2007). Apollo's Oracle in Euripides’ Ion. Ambiguous Identities in Fifth-Century Athens. Ancient Narrative, 6, 1-30. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2006). Delphic Oracle Stories and the Beginning of Historiography: Herodotus' Croesus Logos. Classical Philology, 101(1), 34-51. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Kindt, J. (2001). On Sheep and Men: Delphic Oracles and Social Control. Studien zur Funktion von Zukunftsvorhersagen in Literatur und Geschichte seit der Antike, Germany.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Kindt, J. (2016). Cheating, Bribery and Scandal: How the Ancient Greeks Did the Olympic Games. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2016). Friday essay: secrets of the Delphic Oracle and how it speaks to us today. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2016). Guide to the Classics: Herodotus’ Histories. The Conversation. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Kindt, J. (2017). Dedications (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Delphi (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Oracles (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Ritual (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Omphalos. Wiley Online Library.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Oracles, Greece and Rome. Wiley Online Library.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Pythia. Wiley Online Library.
  • Kindt, J. (2009). Anthropology in Greco-Roman Antiquity. In C. Burfeind, M.A. Collins, U. Lehnert et.al (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. (pp. 14-18). Germany: Walter de Gruyter.

Other

  • Kindt, J. (2016), Interview ‘Greek Oracles’, German National Radio.
  • Kindt, J. (2010), ‘Herodotus and the Discovery of History’ Sydney Ideas Lecture. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2010), ‘The Delphic Oracle’, On Knowledge, State Library of New South Wales. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2006), ‘Studying the Classics’ Counterpoint, ABC radio (jointly with A. Blanshard). [More Information]

2017

  • Kindt, J. (2017). Capturing the Ancient Animal: Human Animal Studies and the Classics (forthcoming). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 137.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Dedications (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Delphi (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Oracles (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Ritual (forthcoming). The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). Text and Image in the Theban Magical Library (forthcoming). In J Johnston (Eds.), Text and Image in Ancient Magical Papyri. Leiden: Brill.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). The Animal in Ancient Greek Religion (forthcoming). In T Scheer (Eds.), Nature, Myth, Religion in Ancient Greek Religion. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • Kindt, J. (2017). The Inspired Voice: Oracular Communication as Enigmatic Communication (in press). In Naiden and Talbert (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Communications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016

  • Kindt, J. (2016). Cheating, Bribery and Scandal: How the Ancient Greeks Did the Olympic Games. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2016). Friday essay: secrets of the Delphic Oracle and how it speaks to us today. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2016). Guide to the Classics: Herodotus’ Histories. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2016), Interview ‘Greek Oracles’, German National Radio.
  • Eidinow, E., Kindt, J., Osborne, R., Tor, S. (2016). Introduction: what might we mean by the theologies of ancient Greek religion? In Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. and Osborne, R. (Eds.), Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, (pp. 1-11). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2016). On academic writing: a personal note. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(5), 1086-1088. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2016). Revisiting Delphi: Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece. Cambrdige: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2016). The Story of Theology and the Theology of the Story. In Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. and Osborne, R. (Eds.), Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, (pp. 12-34). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E., Osborne, R. (2016). Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2015

  • Eidinow, E., Kindt, J. (2015). Introduction. In Esther Eidinow, Julia Kindt (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, (pp. 1-7). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2015). Oracular Shrines as Places of Religious Experience. In Rubina Raja and Jorg Rupke (Eds.), A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World, (pp. 268-278). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Kindt, J. (2015). Personal Religion: A Productive Category for the Study of Ancient Greek Religion? Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135, 35-50. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012

  • Kindt, J. (2012). Omphalos. Wiley Online Library.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Oracles, Greece and Rome. Wiley Online Library.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Pythia. Wiley Online Library.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Rethinking Greek Religion. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2011

  • Kindt, J. (2011). Ancient Greece. In Timothy Insoll (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion, (pp. 696-709). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2010

  • Kindt, J. (2010). Parmeniscus' Journey: Tracing Religious Visuality in Word and Wood. Classical Philology, 105(3), 252-264. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2010), ‘Herodotus and the Discovery of History’ Sydney Ideas Lecture. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2010), ‘The Delphic Oracle’, On Knowledge, State Library of New South Wales. [More Information]

2009

  • Kindt, J. (2009). Anthropology in Greco-Roman Antiquity. In C. Burfeind, M.A. Collins, U. Lehnert et.al (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. (pp. 14-18). Germany: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Kindt, J. (2009). On Tyrant Property Turned Ritual Object: Political Power and Sacred Symbols in Ancient Greece and in Social Anthropology. Arethusa, 42(3), 211-250.
  • Kindt, J. (2009). Polis Religion - A Critical Appreciation. Kernos, 22, 9-34. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2009). Religion. In Boys-Stones, George; Graziosi, Barbara; Vasunia, Phiroze (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies, (pp. 364-377). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2008

  • Kindt, J. (2008). Oracular Ambiguity as a Mediation Triple. Classicum, XXXIV(1), 23-27.

2007

  • Kindt, J. (2007). Apollo's Oracle in Euripides’ Ion. Ambiguous Identities in Fifth-Century Athens. Ancient Narrative, 6, 1-30. [More Information]

2006

  • Kindt, J. (2006). Delphic Oracle Stories and the Beginning of Historiography: Herodotus' Croesus Logos. Classical Philology, 101(1), 34-51. [More Information]
  • Kindt, J. (2006), ‘Studying the Classics’ Counterpoint, ABC radio (jointly with A. Blanshard). [More Information]

2001

  • Kindt, J. (2001). On Sheep and Men: Delphic Oracles and Social Control. Studien zur Funktion von Zukunftsvorhersagen in Literatur und Geschichte seit der Antike, Germany.

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