Neville Buch, Ph.D., PHA (Qld)
The University of Queensland
The abstract for the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America is my invitation for interviews, conversations, and seminar talks across the United States in February 2023.
For a century, thinkers in Queensland, imported American models for educationalist theory and practice. The story was first explained in a 1995 doctorate at the University of Queensland. The 1990s continued the theory and practice, and the new century brought new (re)-assessments of American sociological models. Much of that overlaps into theological studies and the studies of ‘American religion’ and contemporary, global, Protestant thought. The author has been researching the topic for over 30 years, and includes work in higher education policy at the University of Melbourne, and Griffith University, and for university modelling (for Professors Roy Webb, Alan Gilbert, Kwong Lee Dow, and the American-trained Glyn Davis).
The author argues that in the last few centuries the creation of new orthodoxies had come from the evolution in Protestant thought, but considers integration in other traditions and paradigms. The key understanding is the broad schooling in the Philosophy of Religion. Here, the continual reinvention of orthodox belief (heresy?) was a key part of the frameworks. Together, it works, not as a singular belief system, but as Randall Collins’ The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change model for charting the cultural and social transmissions (e.g., ‘Queensland Intellectual Scatterplot Matrix’). The ANZSANA paper offers a unique foundational outlook for similar papers at the 2022 Australian Historical Association and 2022 Australian Sociological Association Conference, and 2023 13th Biennial Conference on Media, Religion and Culture.
Tag Words: American Models, Educational Theory, Queensland
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