Keynote Speakers

Details and photos of the keynote speakers for the up-coming conference


Dr. Norman Habel is giving a keynote address at the Conference titled – The Role of Chaplains as Earth Beings Dr. Norman Habel

Dr. Norman Habel hails from Yulecart, near Hamilton in Victoria, Australia and is a pastor of The Lutheran Church. He was professor of Biblical Studies in the USA from 1955-1973. In 1974 he returned to Australia and established the first Religion Studies Dept in Australia. From 1984-87 he was Principal of Kodaikanal International School in South India. During his time in India, he and his wife Janice Orrell established the Grihini programme, a school for empowering oppressed uneducated Tribal and Dalit women in the remote hills around Kodaikanal.

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Carl Vadivella Belle is giving a keynote address at the Conference titled – Religious Minorities in Australia: Past and PresentCarl Vadivella Belle

Carl Vadivella Belle received his primary and secondary education in rural South Australia, He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Australian National University, Canberra. He joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, and between 1976 and 1979 served in the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.

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Dr. Mark Worthing is giving a keynote address at the Conference titled – Science and Faith in the Australian University Context

Dr. Mark Worthing is Senior Research Fellow of the Graeme Clark Research Institute at Tabor College, Adelaide and is an ordained pastor within the Lutheran Church of Australia.  He holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Regensburg, Germany (summa cum laude) and a DrTheol. in foundational theology from the University of Munich (summa cum laude).

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Dr. Lejla Voloder is giving a keynote address at the Conference titled – Secular citizenship in Australia: Muslim perspectives

Dr Lejla Voloder is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, UniSA. She completed her PhD in 2009 at Monash University and has researched questions of citizenship, multiculturalism and secularism in Australia and Turkey.