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Researcher output profile for Dr Joanna Cruickshank
Joanna Cruickshank's research is driven by a desire to understand the role that religious belief and practices have played in shaping the modern world. 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. Her thesis on this topic was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2007 by the Wesleyan Theological Society (US) and formed the basis of a number of publications, including her book Pain, Passion and Faith (Scarecrow Press, 2009).
Joanna's research on religion in eighteenth-century Britain led to a focus on womenâ€™s involvement in the evangelical revivals of this period. Joanna was awarded a British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the University of Manchester and spent many happy hours working in the archives of the historic John Rylands University Library, reading the letters and journals of women who joined the Methodist revivals. Her work on these women has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Religion in the Age of Enlightenment and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History (forthcoming 2013).
Since coming to Deakin in 2007, Joanna has worked primarily on the history of religion in Australia, with a continuing focus on evangelical women. 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. Recent publications in this field include chapters in Creating White Australia (Sydney University Press, 2009) and Indigenous People and Cultural Exchange (Sussex Academic Press, 2010). In 2011, Joanna edited and contributed to a special edition of the international journal Itinerario, on 'Missions and Modernity'
In 2012, Joanna was part of a team awarded a major 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.
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