Dr Yael KlangwisanCo-Head of School

  • BAppSci, MEd, MTh, PhD

Yael is a Co-Head of School in the School of Social Practice and teaches critical pedagogy in the Bachelor of Teaching programme. 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, through the lens of continental philosophy, art, film & literary theory, gender studies and other critical theory.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

2014

Jouissance: a Cixousian encounter with The Song of Songs. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2014

Earthing the Cosmic Queen: Relevance Theory and the Song of Songs. Eugene, Or: Pickwick Publications, 2014.


Journal Articles

2014

‘A Tallith of One’s Own,’ Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation 2014, 39, 1.

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

“‘I don’t just go to any strange dreams’: Marc Chagall’s Song of Songs’’ Addressing the Sacred Conference Proceedings 2014 [Online, Forthcoming]

2013

‘Dream-reading the burning book: Cixous, Freud and the Song of Songs’ SeaChanges: The Journal of Women Scholars of Religion and Theology 20th Anniversary Edition 2013, 6: n.p.. Online at http://wsrt.asn.au/index.php?p=1_15

2012

‘Educated guesses: Sacred journeys and transformational learning,’ Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice. 19, 2: 40-42

2011

‘From a desire not to do violence,’ Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation 2011, 37, 1: 70-85

2010

‘Consciousness and Eden.’ Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 2010, 41, 2: 137-146.

2008

‘”Camelot”: The paradox of Zion in the book of Isaiah,’ Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, 2008, 40, 1: 38-54.


Essays in Books

2013

‘A tallith of one’s own’, in Moata McNamara, Ecce Wahine: Texts of Translation, Texts of Betrayal [PhD thesis, AUT University, Auckland, 2013].

‘Making meaning of Genesis’ (chap. 12) in Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mystery, Ed. Nicola Hoggard-Creegan & Andrew Shepherd. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013: 221-226

‘In search of the Shulamith in the State of Israel: a lamentation’ (chap. 15) in Spiritual Complaint, Eds. Miriam J. Bier & Tim Bulkeley. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013: 249-260.

2011

‘Divine Masculine and Feminine in Judeo-mystico: a tree of life.’ (chap. 13) in Reconsidering Gender: Evangelical Perspectives. Eds. Myk Habets and Beulah Wood. Eugene, Or: Pickwick, 2011: 196-212.


Reviews

2014

“Luminous Moments: The Contemporary Sacred” by Lyn McCredden, [Book Review] Stimulus 21, 1 (2014) [forthcoming]

“Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil” by Nicola Hoggard Creegan, [Book Review] Stimulus 21, 1 (2014) [forthcoming]

2013

“Nick Cave: A Study of Love, Death and Apocalypse” by Roland Boer, [Book Review] Bible and Critical Theory 9, 1 (2013) [online, n.p.]

“Yearning for you: Psalms and the Song of Songs in Conversation with Rock and Worship Songs” by William Goodman, [Book Review] Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 3, 1 (2013): 15-16.

“Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality: Attitudes towards Sexuality in Writings of Philo and Josephus and in the Testaments of the Twelve Partriarchs” by William Loader, [Book Review] Colloquium 51.1 (2013):93-94

2012

“The Hunger Games” by Gary Ross (dir.), [Film Review] Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice. 19, 2: 48.

“The Pseudepigrapha on sexuality” by William Loader, [Book Review] Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 2012, 44, 1: 123-124.

2010

”The Dead Sea Scrolls on sexuality” by William Loader,’ [Book review] Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 2010, 42, 2: 254-256.

2009

‘“Sexuality in the Jubilees, Enoch and Levi” by William Loader,’ [Book review] Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 2009, 41, 1: 99-101.

2008

‘”Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament” by Richard Davidson’ [Book review] Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 2008, 40, 1: 102-3.


Columns

2013

‘Educated guesses: Reflections on the face of the Other,’ Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice 21, 2 (2013): 24-26.

2012

‘Educated guesses: Sacred journeys and transformational learning,’ Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice. 19, 2: 40-42


Papers Presented

2014

‘Painting Pain: a Cixauldian reading of Ruth Bioletti’s Crucifixes’.

‘Bodies, femininities & the Song of Songs’ at the Topologies of Sexual Difference Conference [The Irigaray Circle] Melbourne, 10th-12th Dec, 2014.

2013

‘The Third Body: Cixous’s Visions of a Feminine Trinity’ at the Sarah Coakley Conference: The Future of Sacrifice: Evolution, Gender and Spirituality, Laidlaw College, Auckland, 12th-13th Dec, 2013.

‘The Road to Awe: Rosenzweig’s Song of Songs’ at the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar, Eden Terrace, Sydney, 6th-7th September, 2013.

‘Marc Chagall’s Song of Songs; or, ‘I don’t just go to any strange dreams’’ at the Addressing the Sacred Conference, the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, 2nd-3rd September, 2013.

2012

‘Gift and the Song of Songs’ at the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar, Queens Ferry Hotel, Auckland, 1-2nd September, 2012.

2011

‘‘The Road to Awe: Truth and the Song of Songs’ at ANZABS Annual Meeting at Laidlaw College, Christchurch, 5-6th December, 2011.

‘The Road to Awe: Paul Celan (the Poetic and Truth)’ Presented at the Christian Faith and Postmodernity Seminar at TANSA/Vaughan Park, 17th September, 2011.

‘Jouissance – a radical encounter with the Song of Songs’ Presented at the Postgraduate Student Conference at AUT, Auckland, 2nd July, 2011.

‘In search of the Shulamith in the state of Israel: a lamentation’. Paper presented at Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament, 10-11 Feb, 2011, Laidlaw College, Auckland.

2010

‘Cirque du Soleil: life and death in the Song of Songs’. Paper presented at ANZABS December 7th, 2010, Good Shepherd College, Auckland.

‘The Marine Lover and the Song of Songs’ at the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar, The Bog Irish Bar, Dunedin, 6-7th Feb, 2010.

2009

‘Existential Philosophy and the Song of Songs’. Paper presented at the annual ANZABS conference, 6-7th December, 2009, Otago University.

‘God and Geology – a case study.’ Presentation at the Faith at University Symposium October 16th, 2009, Lynfield Community Church, Auckland.

What is Genesis really about? Paper presented to the TANSAA association April 2nd, 2009 at Laidlaw College, Auckland ‘Human consciousness and Eden.’ Paper presented at The Theological Meaning of Evolution conference at Laidlaw College, June 26, 2009. Laidlaw College, Auckland.

‘Finding meaning in Genesis: the Creation Stories’. Presentation at the Faithful Science Conference at Northcote Baptist Church, Auckland (August 1st, 2009).

2008

Shir haShirim: Shulamith and the Torah. Paper presented at the International meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, (July, 2008), Auckland, New Zealand.

2007

The tree of life: the syzygy of male and female in Jewish Mystical reflections of GOD. Paper presented at the Gender and GOD Colloquium (July, 2007) at Carey College, Auckland.

Shir haShirim: motif, echo and allusion. Paper presented at the Tyndale-Carey Graduate School Conference, August 13, 2007, Carey College, Auckland.

Triangulating Creation and liberating Science: finding deep truth in Genesis. Paper presented at the New Perspectives in Science Conference, TANSAA, Metanexus, Auckland, New Zealand (July, 2007).


Research & Current Projects

Nightshade: Journeys into Biblical Madness [book]

‘The third body: Cixous’s visions of a feminine trinity’ [article]

‘Cixous & Coakley, the gift of sacrifice’ [essay for book]

‘Painting Pain: reading the crucifixes of Ruth Bioletti’

Aldebaran [novella]

‘The Road to Awe’ [article]

“Barthes & learning, learning to live together” [article]

‘Bathsheba’s letter: Rembrandt’s exegetical compassion’ [article]

‘The geneaology of Eden: An adventure in the mythopoetics of creation’ [article]

‘Te Henga’ [anthology]

‘Hoc Mane’ [anthology]

‘Waikaremoana’ [short story]