Dr Joanna Cruickshank

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In History

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2007
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2011

Contact

Biography

Joanna Cruickshank came to Deakin in 2007. Her PhD research, undertaken at the University of Melbourne, examined the way that eighteenth-century British people made sense of their experiences of suffering through the practice of writing and singing hymns. This research involved a particular focus on questions of gender.

Since coming to Deakin in 2007, Joanna has worked primarily on the history of religion in Australia, with a continuing focus on women's experience. Her research on women and Aboriginal missions has examined the way that religious belief shaped Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women's attitudes to race and gender as well as their relationships with each other. She is also interested in developing innovative approaches to the history of religion in Australia, with a new project underway on the place of public religious speech and sermons in colonial Australia.

Joanna's research on these topics informs and is shaped by the experience of developing and teaching units on Pacific, Indigenous and gender history.

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Research interests

History of religion in Britain and Australia
Eighteenth-century Britain
Gender and religion
History of Christian missions

Teaching interests

AIH 205 (Sex and Gender in History); AIH 337 (Race, Science and Religion in Australasia); AIH 288 (Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts)

Professional activities

Reviews Co-editor, Journal of Religious History

Awards

Outstanding Dissertation Award, Wesleyan Theological Society (US). (2008)

Ian Robertson Travel Prize (2005)
University Medal, University of Queensland (1996)

Projects

Joanna is involved in a number of research projects which examine the role of religion in British and Australian history. These include studies of missionary women involved in Aboriginal missions, a history of sermons in the British world and colonial Australia and research on the religious understandings of colonial humanitarians.

Since 2011, Joanna has been part of a team awarded an ARC Linkage Grant for the "Minutes of Evidence" project, which examines the ways in which colonial and postcolonial societies have responded to injustice. At the heart of the project is a theatre performance, Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country, which consists entirely of the voices of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who testified at the 1881 Parliamentary inquiry into Coranderrk Aboriginal station. Joanna's research within this project examines the religious convictions of the non-Aboriginal people who testified at the inquiry, particularly their understandings of justice.

Publications

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2015

Women, authority and power on Ramahyuck Mission, Victoria, 1880-1910

Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Prof Patricia Grimshaw

(2015), pp. 165-182, Settler colonial governance in nineteenth-century Victoria, Canberra, A.C.T., B1

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Indigenous land loss, justice and race: Anne Bon and the contradictions of settler humanitarianism

Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Prof Patricia Grimshaw

(2015), pp. 45-61, Indigenous communities and settler colonialism: land holding, loss and survival in an interconnected worlds, London, Eng., B1

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I had gone to teach but stayed to learn: Geraldine MacKenzie at Aurukun Mission, 1925-1965

Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Prof Patricia Grimshaw

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 54-65, Journal of Australian studies, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Converting Mrs Crouch: women, wonders and the formation of English methodism, 1738-1741

Brian Curtis Clark, Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2014), Vol. 65, pp. 66-83, Journal of ecclesiastical history, Cambridge, England, C1

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2012

The sermon in the British colonies

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2012), pp. 513-529, The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901, Oxford, England, B1

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2011

Blood, tears and race : Moravian missionaries and indigenous bodies in colonial Australia

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 15-31, Interface : a forum for theology in the world, Hindmarsh, S. Aust., C1

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'Mother, teacher, adviser and missionary' : Matilda Ward in North Queensland, 1891–1917

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2011), pp. 27-45, Founders, firsts and feminists : women leaders in 20th-century Australia, Melbourne, Vic., B1

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2010

A matter of no small importance to the colony : Moravian missionaries on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, 1891-1919

Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Prof Patricia Grimshaw

(2010), pp. 151-165, Missionaries, indigenous peoples and cultural exchange, Great Britain, B1

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Race, history, and the Australian faith missions

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2010), Vol. 34, pp. 39-52, Itinerario : international journal on the history of European expansion and global interaction, Cambridge, England, C1

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2009

Pain, passion and faith : revisiting the place of Charles Wesley in early Methodism

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2009), Lanham, Md., A1

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A most lowering thing for a lady : aspiring to respectable, whiteness on Ramahyuck Mission, 1885-1900

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2009), pp. 85-102, Creating white Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

chapter

'Friend of my soul' : constructing spiritual friendship in the autobiography of Mary Fletcher

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2009), Vol. 32, pp. 373-387, Journal for eighteenth-century studies, Oxford, England, C1

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2008

‘To exercise a beneficial influence over a man’ : marriage, gender and the native institutions in early colonial Australia

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2008), pp. 115-124, Evangelists of empire? : missionaries in colonial history, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

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2007

'The suffering members sympathise' : constructing the sympathetic self in the hymns of Charles Wesley

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2007), pp. 245-263, Charles Wesley : life, literature and legacy, Peterborough, Vic., B1-1

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2006

Were early Methodists masochists? Sufferirg, submission and sanctification in the hymns of Charles Wesley

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2006), Vol. 88, pp. 81-100, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, Manchester, England, C1

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"Appear as crucified for me" : sight, suffering, and spiritual transformation in the hymns of Charles Wesley

Dr Joanna Cruickshank

(2006), Vol. 30, pp. 311-330, Journal of religious history, Carlton, Vic., C1-1

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