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Dr Marika Rose is Senior Lecturer in Philosophical Theology. She works at the intersection of systematic theology and continental philosophy of religion. After completing her PhD at Durham University, Marika spent two years working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Durham before taking up a post at Winchester in 2016.

Marika’s PhD thesis and forthcoming monograph brought the work of Slavoj Žižek into conversation with recent debates about the relationship between mystical theology and 20th-century continental philosophers such as Derrida, whose work emphasises difference, otherness and negativity. She has continued to publish on Slavoj Žižek, with a particular emphasis on the entanglement of Christianity and Eurocentrism in his work.

Areas of expertise

  • Continental philosophy of religion and systematic theology
  • Slavoj Žižek
  • Negative Theology
  • Angels and Cyborgs



  • A Theology of Failure: Ontology and Desire in Slavoj Žižek and Christian apophaticism (New York: Fordham University Press).
  • ‘In a screen, darkly’, Bible in TransMission. Read it online 

Book chapters

  • Forthcoming. ‘Not peace but a sword: Dionysius, Žižek and the question of ancestry’ in Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy: Interchange in the Wake of God (Contemporary Theological Explorations in Christian Mysticism), edited by Simon Podmore, Duane Williams and David Lewin (Farnham: Ashgate, forthcoming 2017).
  • 2017. ‘For Our Sins: Christianity, Complicity and the Racialized Construction of Innocence’ in Exploring Complicity: Concepts, Cases and Critique, edited by Robin Dunford, Afxentis Afxentiou and Michael Neu  (London: Rowman and Littlefield), 53-64.

Journal articles

  • Forthcoming. ‘Machines of loving grace: angels, cyborgs, and the liberation of work’. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.
  • 2016. ‘It's Not the Money but the Love of Money That Is the Root of All Evil: Social Subjection, Machinic Enslavement and the Limits of Anglican Social Theology’. Religions 7.103, 1-12.
  • 2016. ‘Editorial: Radical Theologies: Why Philosophers Can’t Leave Christianity Alone’. Modern Believing 57.3, 221-227.
  • 2016. ‘The Christian Legacy is Incomplete: For and Against Žižek’. Modern Believing,57.3, 267-279.
  • 2014. ‘The mystical and the material: Slavoj Žižek and the French reception of mysticism’. Sophia 53.2, 231-240.
  • 2014. ‘This Body of Death: A Response to Tina Beattie’s Theology after Postmodernity’. Syndicate 1.4 , 171-175.
  • 2013. ‘The body and ethics in Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae’. New Blackfriars 94.1053, 540-551.
  • 2013. ‘Patristics after Foucault: Genealogy, History and the Question of Justice’. Studia Patristica 62.10 , 115-120.
  • 2011. ‘The Stone that the Builders Rejected: Work, Empire and the Two Faces of the Bible’. Postscripts 7.3 , 305-310.

Book reviews

  • Forthcoming. Review of Elliot R. Wolfson, Giving Beyond the Gift: Apophasis and Theomania (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014). Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.
  • 2015. Review of E. Anne Clements, Mothers on the Margin? The Significance of Women in Matthew’s Genealogy (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2014). Theology and Sexuality 21.3 , 220-221.
  • 2015. Review of Theodore W. Jennings, An Ethic of Queer Sex: Principles and Improvisations (Chicago: Explorations Press, 2013). Theology and Sexuality 21.3, 229-231.
  • 2014. Review of Clayton Crockett and Jeffrey W. Robbins, Religion, Politics and the Earth: The New Materialism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Political Theology 15.6, 566-568.
  • 2012. Review of Jean-Luc Marion, The Erotic Phenomenon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007). Theology and Sexuality, 18.2, 158-160.
  • 2010. Review of Matthew Sharpe and Geoff Boucher, Žižek and Politics: A Critical Introduction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010). Political Theology 13.2, 264-266.
  • 2010. Review of John Milbank and Slavoj Žižek, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009). International Journal of Žižek Studies 4.4.

Other publications

  • 2016. ‘Hope and expectation’, Now and Not Yet, The Holy BiscuitRead it online
  • 2015. ‘This is my body: digital theology for preachers’, Preach magazine.
  • 2014. ‘Can we keep our virtual identity virtuous?’, Idea mag. Read it online
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