Michael Grimshaw

Associate ProfessorMichael Grimshaw

Elsie Locke 621
Internal Phone: 94434

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research interests arise from a critical engagement with the intersection of religious and cultural theory as applied to both New Zealand and a global context. In this I make use of Continental thought and theory, and in particular the 'weak thought' arising from the work of Gianni Vattimo. My focus is on radical theology and philosophy and in particular the social,cultural and philosophical impact of the death of God. I also have an ongoing interest on the modern/postmodern city and architecture. My current research interests include reassessing the history and impact of the death of God in late modernity; New Zealand cultural nationalism and religion;Pakeha(NZ white settler) identity and post colonial society; religion and politics; post-capitalism; digital capitalism and society; religion and the cold war; the emerging field of secular studies;sport, religion and society; and the broad field of New Zealand studies. My other interest is on the intersections of literature, art and theology in secular modernity. My new area of focus is the theology of the NZ logician Arthur Prior. I am currently writing a book on Paul Tillich & Mies van der Rohe; and another on hermeneutic capitalism. Longer term projects include two texts: Pakeha and the condition of Modernity; and, The Necessity to Remain Impure: Taubes, Schmitt and Political Theology.

Recent Publications

  • Grimshaw M. (2019) Bishops, Boozers, Brethren & Burkas. A Cartoon History of Religion in New Zealand. Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Cartoon Archive, Wellington. 134.
  • Grimshaw M. (2018) Interviews with Lloyd Geering. Salem: Polebridge Press. 213.
  • Grimshaw M. (2012) Bibles and Baedekers: Tourism, travel, exile and god. 1-225.
  • Grimshaw M. (2008) Bibles and Baedekers: Tourism, Travel, Exile and God. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd. 256pp.
  • Grimshaw M (Ed.) Grimshaw M. (2018) Arthur Prior. A 'Young Progressive'. Letters to Ursula Bethell & Hugh Teague 1936-1941. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 232.