Thursday 3 June 2010

Call for contributors: ABC religion and ethics

This month, the ABC will be launching its new Religion and Ethics online portal, headed up by our friend Scott Stephens. Not only will this site provide a single online destination for religion news and current affairs from around the world, it will host perhaps the most significant gathering of theologians, academics, specialists and critics on the web today. Regular contributors to the site include Stanley Hauerwas, Bill Cavanaugh, Michael Novak, Paul Griffiths, Slavoj Zizek, Tariq Ramadan, Abdullahi An-Na’im, Abdullah Saeed, and many others to be announced in due course.

The portal will also host op-eds and unsolicited contributions from theologians, academics and specialists from Australia and around the world, thus making original pieces accessible to the ABC’s extraordinarily large audience. You are invited to submit pieces on theology, religions, and their intersections with culture, literature, politics and economics to the editor for review and publication. Pieces should be around 800-1200 words in length.

There are a number of up-coming features on which Scott would love to receive original contributions, such as:
  • The domestication of Jesus in Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, and Peter Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth
  • Why blasphemy matters
  • Stanley Hauerwas’s memoirs, Hannah’s Child, and the relationship of biography and friendship to the practice of theology and the formation of virtue
  • Bill Cavanaugh’s important new book, The Myth of Religious Violence
  • Luke Bretherton’s extraordinary proposal in Christianity and Contemporary Politics
  • The moral problem of state subsidies given to religious/charitable institutions
  • Tariq Ramadan’s Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation, and the ongoing question of theology’s integrity apropos the conceits of liberal democracy
  • Environmentalism, tokenism, and the production of conservationist virtues.
If you'd like to contribute to this exciting new venture, just get in touch with Scott Stephens.


John Hartley said...

Dear Ben,

What's the picture?

(I don't mean "What's the big picture behind this news item?" - I mean "What's the shaped piece of steel on the black background which you have chosen to illustrate this item on your blog?)

I first of all thought "It's a Lissajous Figure", but then I started doubting it. If it is, then one of the crossing points is technically wrong: the same arc of the curve which passes in front is supposed to pass back in front, for the whole thing in 3 dimensions is supposed to look like a sine wave wrapped around onto the face of a vertical cylinder.

(There's a Wikipedia article on Lissajous figures.)

Ingenious, whatever it is!

Yours in Christ - JOHN HARTLEY.

Fat said...

You are sort of correct - it started as a Lissajous figure.
It is the proud (but many years stylised) symbol of the ABC - affectionately known as Auntie.
Founded in 1929 as the Australian Broadcasting Company, it was subsequently nationalised and made a state-owned corporation on 1 July 1932, as the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983[4] changed the name of the organisation to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, effective 1 July 1983. Although funded and owned by the government, the ABC remains editorially independent as ensured through the ABC Act 1983. (Wiki)
The famous ABC 'worm' logo is based on Lissajous figures or waveforms of an oscilloscope. In 1965, Senior TV Graphics designer, Bill Kennard submitted his entry of a three loop wavelength into the staff competition to create an ABC symbol, and won 25 pounds for his design. (

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