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The Australian National University

Dr Matt Tomlinson

BA (Rutgers), PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Associate Professor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology 1601
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Linguistic Anthropology 160103
  • Other Language, Communication And Culture 2099
  • Religion And Religious Studies 2204

Research interests

Oceania; Fiji; Samoa; language and culture; ritual performance; religious politics; Christianity; anthropological engagements with theology

Researcher's projects

Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, #FT110100524

'Divine Power in Indigenous Christianity: Translation, Theology, and Pacific Politics'


Project Description:

This project examines the theological basis of political action in Oceania in innovative and distinctive ways. It focuses on missionary activities throughout the region and theological education in New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji. It analyses how terms for divine power have been translated and used in theological arguments in both the past and present. The project deepens our understanding of the political consequences of Indigenous Christian projects in Oceania. It builds and extends collaborative engagements between the ANU, the National University of Samoa, the Pacific Theological College in Suva, and the University of Auckland, and contributes to the goal of Safeguarding Australia by increasing our understanding of our region and the world.


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  26 April 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers