Professor Peter Sherlock BA(Hons) MA DPhil
Professor Peter Sherlock is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for strategic leadership of the University and for maintaining and enhancing the collegiate relationships across the University’s Colleges, and is a member of the University Council.
Born in Melbourne in 1972, Professor Sherlock is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and of the University of Oxford, where he held a Commonwealth Scholarship from 1997 to 2000. From 2004 to 2008 he was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. From 2008 to 2012 he was Dean of the United Faculty of Theology in Parkville, Victoria.
Professor Sherlock was appointed as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of the University in 2012. In 2016 his appointment was renewed for a further five-year term commencing in January 2017. He is presently Chair of the Council of Deans of Theology (2014- ) and Treasurer of ANZAMEMS.
Professor Sherlock is a cultural and religious historian with particular interests in early modern Europe and Australia. His research focusses on memory, especially the commemoration of the dead in monuments, and on gender roles and representations in the Christian church. Current projects include a history of the early modern monuments of Westminster Abbey, a theological history of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church c.1860-2015, and a survey of Australian higher degree by research theses in theology completed in the last two decades.
In 2017 he presented the Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture at Trinity College, entitled “Why Australia Needs Theology“.
Selected publications include:
- Peter Sherlock, ‘The Monuments of Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart: King James and the Manipulation of Memory‘, Journal of British Studies, 46 (2007), 263-289
- Peter Sherlock, Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2008)
- Megan Cassidy-Welch and Peter Sherlock, eds., Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Brepols, 2008)
- Peter Sherlock ‘Leave it to the Women: The Exclusion of Women from Anglican Church Government in Australia‘, Australian Historical Studies, 39 (2008), 288-304
- Peter Sherlock, ‘The Reformation of Memory in Early Modern Europe’, in Memory: History, Theories, Debates, ed. S. Radstone and B. Schwarz (Fordham UP, 2010), 30-40
- Peter Sherlock, ‘Australian beginnings: The first deaconess’, in Preachers, Prophets and Heretics: Anglican Women’s Ministry, ed. E. Lindsay and J. Scarfe (UNSW Press, 2012), 55-75
- Peter Sherlock, ‘Grief and Glory: The Commemoration of War in Seventeenth-Century England’ in Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature, ed. S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 169-184
- Peter Sherlock, ‘The Foundation of the Melbourne College of Divinity‘, Journal of Religious History, 40/2 (2016), 204-224
- Peter Sherlock, ‘The Revolution of Memory: Monuments at Westminster Abbey’ in Revolutionary England 1630-1660: Essays for Clive Holmes, ed. G. Southcombe and G. Tapsell (Routledge, 2017), 202-217
- Peter Sherlock, ‘Monuments and Memory‘ in A History of Early Modern Women’s Writing, ed. P. Phillippy (Cambridge UP, 2018), 292-312