Dr Julia Kindt

MA Munich PhD Camb
Senior Lecturer

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Julia Kindt has a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Munich. Prior to joining the University of Sydney she was a Collegiate Assistant Professor and a Katherine Graham/Harper Schmitt Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Research interests

  • Ancient Greek History
  • Ancient Greek Religion, the Comparative Study of Religions
  • 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)
  • ANHS2612 Historiography Ancient and Modern (ca 60 students)
  • ANHS3605 Documents and Ancient History (Greek)
  • ANHS3609 Herodotus and his World (ca 75 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)

Postgraduate units include:

  • Ancient Religions, Historiography

Recently supervised theses

  • The Body, Violence and Critical Enquiry in Ancient Greece (MPhil.; ongoing)
  • Immortality in Heraclitus and Plato (PhD.; associate supervision, ongoing)
  • 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

This project explores the construction of animality in a variety of ancient world texts and contexts, including those of art, language, law, history, philosophy, religion and science. In the ancient world as in the modern, the question of the animal also invariably raises the question of whether - and how - humans differ from other creatures and what conclusion should be drawn from this distinction. It is in this sense, then, that the study of ancient animalities is really the study of ancient anthropology in its most 'raw' and literal sense.

Historical in scope and method and interdisciplinary in approach, this book responds to the discussion of the animal - and the appropriation of ancient-world arguments in the course of it - in continental European philosophy (Heidegger, Derrida, Agamben). The project aims to further our understanding of the cultural specificity of those lines that are drawn and re-drawn to separate man from 'beast' in Greek antiquity, from the Classical period to Roman Greece. In this way the book explicitly seeks to promote the significance of a historical perspective in a debate which has so far been dominated mainly by philosophy. It shows that despite all claims to the contrary Western conceptions of the animal are by no means universal but rather are part of an ongoing tradition, the origins of which can be found in the historical and cultural milieu of ancient Greece.

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

1. July 2012. The Theologies of Greek Religion, Department of Classics, Cambridge University (jointly organised with Professor Robin Osborne and DrEsther Eidinow)

2. July 2009. The Real and the Imaginary: A Conference in Honour of Richard Gordon, Department of Classics, Cambridge University
 (jointly organised with Professor Robin Osborne and Dr Michael Scott)

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, Classical Antiquity (CA), History of Religions, Occasional Papers of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR), Antichthon

I have also served as external examiner of several PhD and MA 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. (2012). Rethinking Greek Religion. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (forthcoming). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E., Osborne, R. (2014). The Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion (forthcoming). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Kindt, J. (2014). Oracular Shrines as Places of Religious Experience. In Rupke (Eds.), Blackwell Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World. London: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Kindt, J. (2014). The Inspired Voice: Oracular Communication as Enigmatic Communication. In Naiden and Talbert (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Communications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2014). The Story of Theology and the Theology of the Story. In Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. and Osborne, R. (Eds.), The Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 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. (2013). Review of E. Aston 'Mixanthropoi: Animal-Human Hybrid Deities in Greek Religion'. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 133, 1-2.
  • Kindt, J. (2013). Review of Peter Eich, Gottesbild und Wahrnehmung. Studien zu Ambivalenzen fruher griechischer Gotterdarstellungen (ca. 800 v. Chr.-ca.400 v. Chr.). KLIO, 95, 239-241.
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Review of (W.) Friese 'Den Göttern so nah. Architektur und Topographie griechischer Orakelheiligtumer'. Journal of Hellenic Studies.
  • 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]
  • Kindt, J. (2006). Review of K. Zacharia Converging Truths: Euripides¹ Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self-Definition (Leiden, 2003). International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 13(1), 125-127.
  • Kindt, J. (2005). Review of J. Mikalson: Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (Chapel Hill, 2003). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 125, 177-177.
  • Kindt, J. (2005). Review of M. Wood: The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles (New York, 2003). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 125, 176-176.
  • Kindt, J. (2004). Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor. Classical Philology, 99(3), 272-275.
  • Kindt, J. (2003). Ogden, Daniel. Greek and Roman Necromancy. International History Review, 25, 383-383.
  • Kindt, J. (2002). Review of V. Rosenberger Griechische Orakel: Eine Kulturgeschichte (Darmstadt, 2001). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 122, 177-177.

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.

Reference Works

  • 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.

2014

  • Kindt, J. (2014). Oracular Shrines as Places of Religious Experience. In Rupke (Eds.), Blackwell Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World. London: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Kindt, J. (2014). The Inspired Voice: Oracular Communication as Enigmatic Communication. In Naiden and Talbert (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Communications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (forthcoming). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kindt, J. (2014). The Story of Theology and the Theology of the Story. In Kindt, J., Eidinow, E. and Osborne, R. (Eds.), The Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kindt, J., Eidinow, E., Osborne, R. (2014). The Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion (forthcoming). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013

  • Kindt, J. (2013). Review of E. Aston 'Mixanthropoi: Animal-Human Hybrid Deities in Greek Religion'. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 133, 1-2.
  • Kindt, J. (2013). Review of Peter Eich, Gottesbild und Wahrnehmung. Studien zu Ambivalenzen fruher griechischer Gotterdarstellungen (ca. 800 v. Chr.-ca.400 v. Chr.). KLIO, 95, 239-241.

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]
  • Kindt, J. (2012). Review of (W.) Friese 'Den Göttern so nah. Architektur und Topographie griechischer Orakelheiligtumer'. Journal of Hellenic Studies.

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]

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). Review of K. Zacharia Converging Truths: Euripides¹ Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self-Definition (Leiden, 2003). International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 13(1), 125-127.

2005

  • Kindt, J. (2005). Review of J. Mikalson: Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (Chapel Hill, 2003). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 125, 177-177.
  • Kindt, J. (2005). Review of M. Wood: The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles (New York, 2003). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 125, 176-176.

2004

  • Kindt, J. (2004). Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor. Classical Philology, 99(3), 272-275.

2003

  • Kindt, J. (2003). Ogden, Daniel. Greek and Roman Necromancy. International History Review, 25, 383-383.

2002

  • Kindt, J. (2002). Review of V. Rosenberger Griechische Orakel: Eine Kulturgeschichte (Darmstadt, 2001). Journal of Hellenic Studies, 122, 177-177.

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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