Dr Yael KlangwisanHead of Education

  • BAppSci, MEd, MTh, PhD

Yael is Head of Education in the School of Social Practice and lectures in Ethics in the Bachelor of Teaching programme. Yael is also a Senior Lecturer in Laidlaw Graduate School lecturing in Hebrew Poetry. She is a registered teacher, and has taught in high schools in Australia and Thailand. She has been involved in initial teacher and theological education in New Zealand since 2006. She completed a creative works, interdisciplinary PhD in 2012 with AUT University and Laidlaw Graduate School engaging Hebrew Bible with French Literary Theory. She is the author of Earthing the Cosmic Queen: Relevance Theory and the Song of Songs (2014) and Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs (2015). Her research interests are interdisciplinary and creative, exploring intersections between biblical & poetic literatures, in the context of continental philosophy, art, film & literary theory, gender studies and other critical theories. She also writes in the area of philosophy of education.


Yael supervises in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Bible as Literature, Jewish literature, Bible and Critical Theory and Educational Philosophy. She also supervises interdisciplinary Creative Works projects in Biblical Studies or Theology, and for example: Poetry, Theatre, Art, Photography, Film, and other Creative Writings.


Current Projects

Freire, Alves, and the contribution of Latin American liberation theology to the practice of theological education

Rodin’s bodies and the theology of desire: creative works and the theological subject

Bathsheba’s letter: Rembrandt’s exegetical compassion

Reading Marc Chagall’s Song of Songs

Muriwai [anthology]; Hoc Mane: On waking [anthology]

Nightshade: Literary Journeys into Biblical Madness

Recent Publications

“Reading Job as Finnish Noir”, The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama: Murderous Texts: Eds. Caroline Blyth and Alison Jack. London: Bloomsbury. [Forthcoming].

“Twelve Steps to the Tent of Zimri: An Imaginarium.” (chap. 7), Rape culture, Gender Violence and Religion. Eds. Caroline Blyth, Katie Edwards and Emily Colgan. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

"The Animal in Derrida’s Bible.’ (chap. 6). Creation & Hope, Eds Nicola Hoggard-Creegan and Andrew Sheppard. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018.

“Synergeo: The practice of teaching as hospitality” Stimulus 25, 1 (2018).

“On behalf of holy creatures: Cixous reads Leviticus 11, or, La Lecture Immonde” Relegere (special issue) [Forthcoming].

"Theology and Pedagogy of hope: a vision for Teaching and Learning”, Stimulus 19, 2 (2017).

"Fury Road: Escaping the phallic economy of the Exodus" Bible & Critical Theory 12, 2 (2016): 75-86.

"Berēšît: Countersigning Maria O’Connor’s Film Equus’ Ashes with Derrida’s L’animal" (chap. 11) in The Bible and Art in Oceania, Eds. Caroline Blyth & Nasili Vaka’uta. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

"Promethea’s Song of Songs" (chap. 9) in Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, Eds. Robert J. Myles & Caroline Blyth. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015.

Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015.

"A Tallith of One’s Own," Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation 39, 1 (2014): 123-125.

‘Radical Hospitality and the Monks of Tibhirine,’ Stimulus 21, 1 (2014): 34-39.


Completed Doctoral supervisions

PhD. Karen Nelson, “Hesed and the New Testament: A study in intertextual-categorization” AUT/Laidlaw Graduate School, 2017.

Current Doctoral Supervisions

Dorthe Scheffmann, “Vermilion: Making a feature film for cinema manifesting a feminine manifesto.” AUT: School of Art and Design.

Mei-fung Woo, “Writing’s Other: Bring-forth our poetic encounter within sites of literature.” AUT: School of Art and Design.

Completed MTh Supervisions

Distinction. Master of Theology. Hilary Johnston, “The terror of liminality: A study of Phyllis Trible’s Metaphorical Appropriation of the Jacob at the Jabbok Narrative as a Metaphor for Wrestling with Scripture and Feminism.”, Laidlaw Graduate School, 2017.

Distinction. Master of Theology. Jonathan Hoskin, “White Spaces: A fragmentary theological encounter”, [dissertation]. Laidlaw Graduate School, 2017.

Current MTh Supervisions

Amanda Pilbrow. “Faith and Sexuality.”, Carey Graduate School.

Tekweni Chataira, “Naomi: A Narrative Analysis of the Book of Ruth.”, Laidlaw Graduate School.

Paula Simpson, “Beyond John: Exploring the gospel as mystical theatre.”, Laidlaw Graduate School.