Prof Paul Morris
School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
Phone: 04 463 5037
Location: Room 204, 14 kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus
Paul Morris is a specialist scholar in the field of contemporary world religions. He teaches courses on the world’s religions after 9/11, on Judaism, including the Holocaust, diaspora and the state of Israel, and on Hebrew language.
He is also known for his work on the relationship between religion and dying/death, and religion and personal and cultural identity. Paul also teaches on theories and methods in the study of religion.
Paul Morris studied Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington under Professor Lloyd Geering, and at Lancaster University where he completed a PhD supervised by Professor Ninian Smart.
Dr Morris taught at Lancaster during the 1980s and has held visiting positions, including Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Birmingham; Visiting Professor of Humanities, University of Queensland; and Visiting Professor of Religion, Boston University.
Professor Morris is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the History of Religions, and on the editorial/advisory boards of Numen, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Journal of Implicit Religion, Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies and the Numen Brill Studies in Religion series.
Current Research Projects
Paul's research specialities lie in the areas of:
- religion, politics and economics
- religion in New Zealand
- religion and death
- Jewish studies
- religion and culture.
He is currently researching:
- the moral and religious dimensions of change in New Zealand, 1984-1999 (funded by a Marsden grant), examining the relationships between economic rationalism and moral programmes within the context of parallel changes overseas
- spirituality in Aotearoa/New Zealand, looking at the spiritual elements of New Zealand culture, the transformation of religious institutions, new religious movements and new age spirituality.
- New Rights New Zealand: Myths, Markets and Moralities Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2005 (co-authored with Dolores Janiewski).
- Milbank, Theology and the Future of Religious Studies’, in L. Pearson (ed), The Future of the Study of Religion, Leiden: Brill (in press).
- ‘Danilo Kis’, ‘Fay Zwicky’, ‘Nissim Ezekiel’, ‘George Steiner’, ‘David Daiches’ in G. Abrahamson (ed), Companion to Modern Jewish Culture, London: Curzon (in press).
- ‘Al Alvarez’, ‘Chaim Bermant', ‘Nissim Ezekiel’, ‘Elaine Feinstein’, ‘Danilo Kis’, ‘Emmanuel Litvinoff’, ‘Frederick Raphael’, ‘Leonard Woolf’, ‘Fay Zwicky’ in S. Kerbel (ed), Encyclopaedia of Jewish Writers, London: Routledge, 2003.
- Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse, Auckland: Random House/Godwit, 2002, 200 pp (co-editor).
Click here to see full list of publications by Paul Morris.
Awards and Achievements
- 1980-84, British Academy Major State Student (PhD).
- 1977-79, McMaster Teaching Fellowship / Benefactors’ Scholarship.
- 1977, Commonwealth Fellowship.