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Talitha Fraser presents

Together in One Place: Conversations Across Feminist Concerns

A learning and conversational space for any interested and committed to women and marginalised communities to consider feminist concerns.

About this Event

Together in One Place: Conversations Across Feminist Concerns will provide a learning and conversational space for academics, students, clergy, theologians, artists, activists and any interested and committed to women and marginalised communities to consider feminist concerns such as: bodies, children, spaces, readings, ethics, nationhood and liberation.


The keynote speakers for this event are Gale Yee, Adele Reinhartz, Steed V Davidson, Miguel de La Torre, Danna Nolan Fewell, Tat Siong Benny Liew and Emmanuel Garibay.


See full program details here.


Register now as space is limited. Each ticket includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas, please purchase a separate ticket for the Jan Gray Lecture if you want to join us for dinner on Saturday.


Full conference - $120 Saturday & Sunday 9-5pm program

Samaritan - $240 you might like to consider buying a Samaritan ticket, a ticket for yourself and another supporting someone to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so. Your generosity supported 4 places last year.

Saturday only - $65

Sunday only - $65


Saturday night, 6pm - $30.00


This ticket includes full attendance of day programs at both Together in One Place: Conversations Across Feminist Concerns and the Janette Dray Lecture (11-12 July), and Vision, Voice, and Vocation: Arts and Theology in a Climate for Change conference (16-19 July) as well as a special Meet the Artist session with Emmanuel Garibay. We want to encourage you to come to Melbourne for the week and be immersed in this fantastic learning opportunity - $400

Supported attendance

We do not want cost to be a barrier to attendance, it is our intention to invite and include as many people as possible.

We have some event support roles that allow attendance at a reduced rate or you can apply for one of the Samaritan places, please contact Talitha Fraser at to express interest in these or other possibilities to support your attendance.


By Public Transport: Tram route 19 runs along Elizabeth St and Royal Parade. Routes 1, 3 / 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 run along Swanston St. It is a short walk to the Centre for Theology and Ministry from either Gatehouse St / Royal Parade (Route 19) or Melbourne University (Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67). Please visit for timetables and further information.

By bike: There are parking rings at the library entrance of the CTM, down Morrison Close.

By car: Driving and parking is challenging around College Crescent Parkville. Parking is available onsite for those who have mobility issues only, however bookings are necessary. Please call the Centre for Theology and Ministry on 03 9340 8800 to make a booking. On street parking is available on Princes Park Drive and Cemetery Road West for a small fee and is easier in July outside of semester.


The Centre for Theology and Ministry is a vibrant hub of educational advancement, initiated by Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania to inspire learning, provide resources and facilitate for all who seek discipleship, leadership opportunities and ministry - lay and ordained - within the church and beyond. Please visit for more information.


We are organising fresh, healthy meals to support our days together. Gluten free and vegan options will be included at every meal, however please advise us if you have any specific dietary requirements. You are encouraged to bring your own refillable water bottle.


Gale A. Yee, Episcopal Divinity School , New York

Dr Gale A. Yee is a Chinese American scholar of the Hebrew Bible. Her primary emphases are postcolonial criticism, ideological criticism, and cultural criticism. She has written frequently on biblical interpretation from an Asian-American perspective. She was the Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and former general editor of the Semeia Studies. She is the former President of the Society of Biblical Literature (2019). She is the author of Poor Banished Children of Eve: Women as Evil in the Hebrew Bible (Fortress, 2013); and has edited The Fortress Commentary on Bible: The Old Testament Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014) and The Hebrew Bible: Feminist and Intersectional Perspectives (Fortress, 2018)

“Thinking at the Intersections of Gender, Race, Class in Biblical Interpretation”

Intersectional analyses make the fundamental point that we, who study and interpret the biblical text, have many important facets to our identities that are impacted differently by multiple interacting systems of oppression and privilege. As a method of interpretation, intersectionality presumes that our own unique social locations, our own distinctive fusions of gender, race, class, etcetera, influence our readings of texts and our interpretations of them. It encourages us to think beyond the familiar boundaries of biblical studies to expose the diverse power relations of inequality in the text and uncover subjugated voices that were previous invisible or unheard.

Adele Reinhartz, University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr Adele Reinhartz FRSC is a Canadian academic and a specialist in the history and literature of Christianity and Judaism in the Greco-Roman period, the Gospel of John, early Jewish-Christian relations, literary criticism including feminist literary criticism, feminist exegesis, and the impact of the Bible on popular cinema and television. Reinhartz joined the McMaster faculty in 1987. She was Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Wilfrid Laurier University before being appointed Associate Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa in 2005. In 1997-1998 she was the president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, and in 2005 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Reinhartz was the editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and is the current President of the Society of Biblical Literature (2020) Among her many authored works are Jesus of Hollywood (2007); Scripture on the silver screen (2003); Caiaphas the High Priest (2011).

"Better Homes and Gardens: Women and Domestic Space in Hellenistic Jewish Novels (Judith, Susanna, Greek Esther)"

This paper examines the houses, fortresses and other constructed spaces described in the books of Judith, Susanna, and Greek Esther. My particular concern will be the domestic spaces with which the female protagonists are most closely associated within their respective stories. I will argue that in these books, the literary representation of domestic space serve both a narrative and a symbolic function. Within the narrative descriptions of domestic space contribute to characterization and plot development. They also contribute to the ways in which these novels tell a larger story, that of the covenant community threatened both physically and spiritually by external forces against which only tenacious and single-minded devotion to God can prevail. As symbols these spaces themselves house not only the women who dwell within them but also the people Israel itself.

Dr Tat Siong Benny Liew, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts

Dr Tat Siong Benny Liew has a PhD from Vanderbilt University and is currently the 'Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies' in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. He is a specialist in the areas of the Synoptic gospels, the gospel of John, cultural and racial interpretations and receptions of the Bible, apocalypticism, Asian American history and literature. Liew was until last year, the Executive Editor of Biblical Interpretation (Brill); in addition, he is the Series Editor of T&T Clark’s Study Guides to the New Testament (Bloomsbury). He is an active member of the Society of Asian Biblical Studies and is currently on its Executive Committee as its Treasurer. His most recent publications include What is Asian American Hermeneutics? (University of Hawaii Press, 2008), Present and Future of Biblical Studies (Brill, 2018), and Colonialism and the Bible: Contemporary Reflections for the Global South (with Fernando Segovia; Lexington, 2018).

"Reorienting The Woman’s Bible: Reading Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the Context of Racial Relations in America "

Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Woman’s Bible was often seen as a radical project at the time of its publication. The late nineteenth century was a time of great racial tension in the USA: there were anti-miscegenation laws as well as an anti-Chinese movement after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Given this context and Cady Stanton’s own negative comment about miscegenation, this article seeks to reevaluate the radicality of The Woman’s Bible as a work of biblical interpretation, especially in light of the work of Sui Sin Far, an Asian American writer of roughly the same timeframe as Cady Stanton.

Miguel de La Torre, Iliff School of Theology, Colorado

Rev. Dr. Miguel de La Torre, a Cuban scholar with a PhD from Temple University, is Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He has served as the elected 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics and served as the Executive Officer for the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion (2012-17). Dr. De La Torre is a recognized international Fulbright scholar who has taught courses at the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development (Mexico), Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (Indonesia), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany). Additionally, he has lectured at Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana (Costa Rica), The Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (Thailand) and the Council for World Mission (Mexico and Taiwan).

Advocating for an ethics of place, De La Torre has taken students on immersion classes to Cuba and the Mexico/U.S. border to walk the migrant trails. Among multiple yearly speaking engagements, he has also been a week-long speaker at the Chautauqua Institute, and the plenary address at the Parliament of World Religions. De La Torre has received several national book awards and is a frequent speaker at national and international scholarly religious events and meetings. He also speaks at churches and nonprofit organizations on topics concerning the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality with religion. His most recent books include: The Politics of Jesús: Toward a Hispanic Political Theology, 2015. Liberating Sex, 2016; The Immigration Crises: Toward an Ethics of Place, 2016

"Embracing Hopelessness: A Liberative Strategy to Challenging Misogyny"

In the midst of overlapping unjust structures and the intersection of racism, classism, ethnic discrimination, sexism, heterosexism, and all the other ideologically based “isms” imaginable, a sense of hopelessness grips the soul as the reality of the depths of oppression makes solutions appear simplistic. A child can hope when college is assured, when parents know how to game the system to advance themselves and their progenies economically, when safety and lack of fear creates a livable environment. Even the hopeless can be distracted when stomachs are filled and rest can be found in warm comfortable beds. But for so many from minoritized communities where surviving into adulthood is itself a challenge, where skin pigmentation and/or gender determines a lack of opportunities to wealth and health, hope runs in short supplies. Hope seems to be mainly claimed by those with economic privilege as a means of distancing themselves from the unsolvable disenfranchisement most of the world’s wretched are forced to face. The first step toward liberation requires the crucifixion of hope, for as long as hope exists, the world’s wretched have something to lose, and thus will not risk all to change the social structures. The realization there is nothing to lose becomes a catalyst for praxis. I argue by embracing hopelessness, a peace surpassing all understanding will equip us to engage in radical praxis which might make short and brutal days upon this earth a bit more just. So, what is this hopelessness which I call to embrace? Through an analysis of the intersection of power (specifically the colonization of the mind) and truth (as defined by those with power and privilege to construct the official history), this paper attempts to dislocate the religious meaning of hope responsible for sustaining and maintaining an oppressive status quo. I am less interested in how hope contributes to religious belief than I am in the function of hope to reinforce oppressive structures and reign-in revolutionary tendencies.

Danna Nolan Fewell, Drew University, New Jersey

Dr Danna Nolan Fewell joined the Drew faculty in the fall of 2000 as Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Theological School and in the Graduate Division of Religion. Prior to coming to Drew she had taught for thirteen years at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She holds an M.T.S. and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

Her teaching and research interests include literary and cultural approaches to biblical narrative, feminist criticism, the Bible in art, children and biblical literature, and the ethics of reading. During her career she has been a three-time recipient of the Scholarly Outreach Award sponsored by the Lilly endowment, as well as a three-time recipient of the Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (in 1999 by Southern Methodist University; in 2004 and 2010 by Drew University). Among her many publications are The Children of Israel: Reading the Bible for the Sake of Our Children (2003), Icon of Loss: The Haunting Child of Samuel Bak (2009), and The Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative (2016)

"Under Different Contracts: The Women and Children of the Book of Judges"

The master narrative of the book of Judges, inscribed in its formulaic framework, presses the collective character Israel into “Deuteronomistic” service. The people, in concert, repeatedly follow gods other than YHWH, suffer divine punishment in the form of enemy oppression, cry out in repentance, and are rescued by divinely appointed deliverers who secure rest for the land. The plot plagiarizes itself multiple times solidifying Israel’s identity as an obtuse people whose destiny is to exemplify an uncomplicated, streamlined mechanics of history: the good, faithful, innocent, repentant are rewarded; the unfaithful are punished. This master narrative, constructed on the basis of a covenantal contract, constricts, chafes, and ultimately cannot corral historical reality. The women and children of Judges interrupt this script, demonstrating that other social contracts drive their narrative plots. Refusing to work for the Deuteronomist’s cause, they turn their narrative labor toward exposing a different world view, one in which human and divine characters are neither predictable nor reliable, and suffering and survival have little to do with theological fidelity.

Steed V Davidson, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago

Dr Steed Vernyl Davidson a native of Trinidad and Tobago, earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the Union Theological Seminary, New York. He has an S.T.M. from Boston University, a M.A. from the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica), a Diploma of Ministerial Studies from the United Theological College of the West Indies, and a B.A. from the University of the West Indies. He is currently a Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, USA, where he has taught since 2015. He also serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Faculty.

A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Davidson serves as the General Editor of Semeia Studies. Prof. Davidson’s work in Biblical Studies reflects a critical awareness of the Bible as a disruptive presence in the lives of people colonized by western countries and missionized by those versions of Christianity. He is the author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of Selected Tests of the Book of Jeremiah (T&T Clark 2011), Writing/Reading the Bible in Postcolonial Perspective (Brill 2017).

"Conflicted Liberation: Discourses of National Liberation and Women’s Bodies in the Book of Judges."

The book of Judges demonstrates at best a failed or even stalled nationalist narratives of liberation. In Judges the quest to achieve possession of the land from the Canaanites advances slowly with spotty military victories. The vision of liberation hardly materialises in the book, especially for women. That the book ends with the abduction of women from Jabesh-Gilead/Shiloh to ensure the territorial integrity of Benjamin, and by extension ancient Israel, indicates the limits of liberation particularly as it relates to women’s bodies. This paper interrogates the nationalist discourse present in the book of Judges or the one customarily thought to exist in the book from the perspective of the failure of women’s liberation. In this case, the paper advances the notion that failed liberation for women amounts to a failed liberation project. This examination takes place in the context of the scholarly framing of Judges as a part of the historical narrative of the Deuteronomistic History that either provides justification or criticism of the monarchy in general or the Davidic monarchy more specifically. By attending to the fate of women’s bodies in the book of Judges, this paper shows how Judges may not serve the authenticating function for a particular national formulation for the monarchy. Rather women’s bodies in Judges - whether as killers, seducers, sacrificed, dismembered, or abducted, child bearers, culture bearers - disrupts the notion of the nation founded upon the ideal of liberation. The paper goes further to draw insights from various critiques of black nationalist liberative discourse from thinkers such as bell hooks to explore alternative conceptions of community discourses that may be present in the book of Judges.

Emmanuel Garibay, Artist

Emmanuel Garibay, artist in residence, was born in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Philippines in 1962. He is known as much for his expressionist figurative style as for the content of many of his works, which often express a keen social and political consciousness (Social Realism). After graduating from the University of the Philippines with a degree in fine art, he studied European and Philippine masters on his own. His first exhibition was held in 1993, and he built on some of the recognition he received there by exhibiting and travelling more widely in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He often paints people in scenes of political, religious, and social complexity, where controversial issues of justice and truth are presented vigorously and colourfully.

During the mid-80s he was involved with a group called Artista Ng Bayan (People’s Artists). The vision of the group is consistently reflected in his artistic commitment to align himself with the marginal and the dispossessed. One can never fail to meet ordinary people in his paintings: the newsboy, the bus rider, the cigarette vendor, the tired woman activist, the glue sniffing boy—breathing souls struggling from the bottom of Philippine society. As Emmanuel (or Manny, as he prefers to be called) puts it, “It is the richness of the poor that I am drawn to and which I am a part of, that I want to impart.”

Garibay will address gender concerns expressed in some of his paintings.

Event image: Emmaus, Oil on canvas. © Emmanuel Garibay. Used with permission of the artist.

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