2023 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series

A message from Interim Provost Professor Meg Stuart:

The Professorial Lecture Series is a new initiative arising from the review of the Academic Promotions Policy and Procedures and is designed to provide the university community an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge those promoted to Professor.

The 2023 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series celebrates the success of Professor Robyn Horner and Professor Samuel Baron, both from the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, in the 2022 Academic Promotions round.

Join me either in person or online to hear our colleagues speak about their teaching, research and service. There will be an opportunity to ask each presenter questions. If attending in person, please remain afterwards for light refreshments.

All staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come along and learn about the interesting and impactful work being undertaken by our newest professors.

Professor Robyn Horner

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 (IRCI) at ACU. From 2010–2015, she held the position of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

Formerly a teacher in Catholic primary and secondary schools and a liturgical musician and composer, she has two main areas of theological research expertise. First, she investigates theological questions in ways that speak in and to the contemporary context, using hermeneutic phenomenology and poststructuralism. Second, she has expertise in the theology of recontextualisation and the promotion of the Catholic dialogue school. This is fundamental to her teaching and to the research translation she undertakes in consultancies around Australia.

Professor Samuel Baron

Professor Samuel Baron is a professor in the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy. His research focuses on the metaphysics of science, with a particular emphasis on space, time, causation and explanation. Professor Baron has published widely on these topics and released a monograph in 2022 which explores the idea that time does not exist.

Professor Baron completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Sydney. He holds two large grants from the Australian Research Council: a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award on timelessness in physics and metaphysics and a Discovery Project on time in the scientific and manifest images (held jointly with colleagues from the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney).

Register to attend

Date: Friday, 30 June
Time: 2pm–3pm

Hybrid locations:
  • ACU Melbourne Campus: The Greg Craven Centre, level 7 Saint Teresa of Kolkata Building
  • Teams: Once registered, a Teams link will be sent to you in the week leading up to the event.

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