Dr Christopher Hartney, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Discipline of Studies in Religion, School of Humanities, University of Sydney
Dr Christopher Hartney is Chair of the Discipline of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. He researches new religions, religion and violence, and sacred creativity. He has edited and authored numerous scholarly books and is author of the Cambridge Studies of Religion Stage 6 textbook for New South Wales high schools.
Dr Tara Smith, Associate Lecturer, Discipline of Studies in Religion, School of Humanities, University of Sydney
Dr Tara B. M. Smith is an early career interdisciplinary academic with a research focus on speculative fiction, new religious movements, popular culture and ecology. Recently graduating in 2022 with a Doctor of Philosophy and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Tara is a current tutor and research assistant at the University of Sydney, Australia. Tara’s thesis The Social Praxis of Science Fiction: Pedagogies of Social Change explored the power of speculative fiction to promote positive social change in society and incorporated social science methodologies and close readings of texts. She is currently working on turning her thesis into a book and finding a post-doctoral fellowship overseas. She lives in Neutral Bay with her partner and two cats Thomas O Malley and Momo.