Areas of expertise: twentieth century theology, especially Erich Przywara and Hans Urs von Balthasar; twenty-first century constructive theologies; Continental philosophy, especially Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Giorgio Agamben; art and literary criticism; theology and the arts, especially poetry, dance, and visual art; Christian anthropology, especially in terms of the relationship between embodiment and culture; theories of ritual
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1549-247X
Phone: +617 3623 7574
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
Lexi Eikelboom is a Research Fellow in Religion and Theology at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. She completed a doctorate in Theology (Modern Doctrine) at the University of Oxford in 2016, following a Master’s in Christian Ethics also from Oxford. Before coming to ACU, she taught theology and interdisciplinary humanities at the John Wesley Honors College, Indiana Wesleyan University.
Eikelboom investigates points of intersection between theological and artistic discourses in order to understand how categories of significance to the arts might expand and challenge Christian doctrine. Her first book, Rhythm: A Theological Category, brings analyses of rhythm in poetry into conversation with social theory and phenomenology in order to argue for rhythm’s theological significance as well as for a particular approach to the study of rhythm in theology. Her current research investigates the intersection of metaphysical and artistic meanings of the concept of “form” by bringing Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar into conversation with art and literary criticism. Her other research interests include collaborative work with artists to challenge assumptions about what constitutes religious or spiritual knowledge, and the ways in which religious ritual shapes embodiment at the intersection of nature and culture.