Associate Professor Robyn Horner - Office of the Dean of Theology and Philosophy (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Associate Professor Robyn Horner is a teaching and research academic within the School of Theology, and a member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. From 2010 until 2015, she held the position of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

The aim of her research is to find new ways of thinking religious phenomena within contemporary Western contexts, characterised as such contexts are by the immense cultural challenges of secularisation, pluralisation, and detraditionalisation. She investigates this area both theoretically (especially through the use of hermeneutic phenomenology, together with a variety of post-structuralist tools of critique), and practically (in collaboration with researchers in Belgium who have developed scales for measuring individual and communal religious expressions of identity&mdashthe Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project). Her distinct contribution to the field is the way in which she approaches the signification of religious phenomena by means of affection or disturbance, and interprets them contextually.


Phone :(03) 9953 3130 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Jean-Luc Marion ; Emmanuel Levinas ; Jacques Derrida ; fundamental theology ; Phenomenology ; poststructuralism ;

Methods Expertise

theology, phenomenology, poststructuralism ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

Selected Publications


Words that Reveal: Jean-Yves Lacoste and the Experience of God, in Continental Philosophy Review


Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery: Phenomenology as Lectio Divina, in Phenomenologies of Scripture


Murdering Truth: 'Postsecular' Perspectives on Theology and Violence, in International Journal of Philosophical Studies (print version)


A Theology of the Differend: Engaging Boeve Engaging Lyotard, in Modern Theology 31.3 (2015): 501-510.


The Gifted Self: Theological Anthropology and the Challenges of Contemporary French Thought., in Questioning the Human: Towards a Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century. Ed Lieven Boeve, Yves de Maeseneer, and Ellen Van Stichel. New York: Fordham University Press.


Theology After Derrida, in Modern Theology 29.3 (2013): 230-247.

A Saint Jacques, in The Postmodern Saints of France: Refiguring a??The Holya?? in Contemporary French Philosophy. Ed. Colby Dickinson. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2013. 95-108.


Jean-Luc Marion and the Possibility of Theology, in Culture, Theory and Critique 52.2 (2011): 335-a??350.


The Weight of Love, in Counter-Experiences: Reading Jean-Luc Marion, ed. Kevin Hart. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. 181-199.


Jean -Luc Marion: A Theo-Logical Introduction. , in Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2005.