Dr CHRISTOPHER JOHN WATSON
ADDRESS: 19 Langs Road, Ivanhoe 3079
Telephone: FAX: (03) 9499-4977 -
My website as a celebrant: http://www.marriagecelebrant.com/html/Chris_Watson.html
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 1942, Melbourne. (Australian Citizen)
MARITAL STATUS: Married, with four adult children and one grand-daughter and two grandsons. --
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: • Foreign languages. (I am currently translating an autobiographical book from Italian, and learning Irish; since leaving the employ of La Trobe University, I have conducted a Latin reading group and seminars on Biblical translations and the translation of poetry) • Singing • Home brewing • Tending a block of farmland at Korweinguboora, including a tree plantation.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS • B.A. (Hons.), University of Melbourne, 1964.
• Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1973.
• B.Theol., Melbourne College of Divinity, 1990. EMPLOYMENT & POSITIONS HELD.
1998. Sessional teaching at Monash University for "Life Cycle Events in Music and Literature", a subject for Graduate Diploma of Arts in Civil Ceremonies.
1998. Associate Scholar, School of English, La Trobe University.
1997. Co-conductor of series of seminars on "Literature and Spititual Development" at Amberley Retreat Centre, Lower Plenty.
1969-96. Lecturer in English, LaTrobe University.
1975-76. Honorary Visiting Lecturer, University of Durham.
1965-68. Holder of Commonwealth Scholarship at University of British Columbia.
1964-65. Holder of Commonwealth M.A. Scholarship, University of Melbourne.
Part-time tutor, Department of English, University of Melbourne.
Tutor in English, Newman College, University of Melbourne.
pre-1963. Assorted part-time jobs: tutor, cooks' labourer, storeman's labourer, house-cleaning, serving in dairy, etc.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PAPERS
"From Troy to Belfast. Translation and Comparative Literature" in Tirra Lirra, Vol.7, No.1 (Spring 1996), pp.27-29.
"God and the Great Failure. Poetry from the Irish Famine" in Tirra Lirra, Vol. 6, Nos. 2/3 (Autumn/Summer 1995/96), pp. 22-26
"Maps and Voyages in John Donne's Poetry" in Religion Literature and the Arts Project, Selected Conference Proceedings 1995. (Sydney, 1996)
"Robert Lowell: Secular, Puritan, and Agnostical" in Religion Literature and the Arts Project, Conference Proceedings 1994 (Sydney, 1995)
"The Gender of God in some English Writers", in The Bible and European Literature: History and Hermeneutics, ed. O. Osborn & L. McIntosh, Melbourne, 1987.
"The People's Food. The Nation and the Great Famine." Unpublished paper presented at Conference on the Irish Famine, Macquarie University, 28 September 1996.
"Patrick White's Travellers", unpublished paper presented to the Conference of the Australasian Association for the Study of Religions at the Ballarat Campus of Australian Catholic University, 7 July, 1995.
"John Bunyan and Patrick White. Pilgrims on the Fringe", unpublished paper presented 23 September 1994 at the Seventh Conference on Literature and Religion at University of Glasgow.
PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND ACTIVITIES
Australian Literary Translators Association, Treasurer, 1997- .
LaTrobe University Staff Association, Committee member, sometime Treasurer, 1976-78.
National Tertiary Education Union. Membership since founding.
LaTrobe University Staff Credit Union Co-operative. Member of founding Board of Directors, 1971-72.
(Membership of Boards and Committees at La Trobe University including Education Committee, Selection and Enrolment Committee, Board of Studies (School of Humanities). Membership of groups related to English studies, including Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Renaissance Studies Society, the John Donne Society.)
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND GROUPS
Irish Famine Commemoration Committee, 1995- .
North Eastern Citizen Advocacy Inc. Member of Committee of Management, 1996-98 .
Heidelberg Training & Resource Centre (Skillshare), Board of Management, 1991- .
Local Enterprise Development Initiative Project (Heidelberg). Member of Committee of Management, l992-93.
Viewbank Neighbourhod House [now Rosanna Fire Station Community House.] Member of Committee of Management, 1991-95. (I was also a member of the singing group and conducted several home-brewing classes.)
Australian Labor Party. Member since 1970. Sometime holder of most positions in Ivanhoe Branch, including President, Secretary, Treasurer. State Conference delegate for Batman FEA, 1981-82. Member of Education Policy Committee, 1990-91. Currently, Returning Officer for Jagajaga Federal Electorate Assembly.
Endorsed ALP Candidate for State Electorate of Ivanhoe, 1992.
Candidate for Ivanhoe Ward of Heidelberg City Council, 1990.
Banksia Secondary College, Council President, 1989-91.
Heidelberg High School , Member (& sometime Vice-President) of Council, 1984-89.
Bellfield Community Centre, Committee of Management, 1991-93.
Ivanhoe Primary School, Member of Education Committee, 1982-83.
Yarralea Kindergarten, Alphington, Committee President, 1972-73.
Darebin Parklands Committee of Management, Secretary, 1990-92.
Past and present membership of groups, including:
Warringal Conservation Society;
Victorian National Parks Association;
Australian Conservation Foundation;
Ivanhoe Little Athletics Club;
Bicycle Users Group (Heidelberg);
People for Nuclear Disarmament;
Community Aid Abroad; Amnesty International (Ivanhoe group);
People Together Project;
Irish Language Association of Australia;
Victorian Folk Song & Dance Society;
Choir of St. Bernadette's Church, West Ivanhoe;
Victorian Trade Union Choir,
Rosanna Community House Choir.