FAQs

These are answers to oft-asked questions.

Goannatree: Background and scope
Founded by Anna M Blanch in 2007, Goannatree has become a place for her to explore relationships between literature, the arts, popular culture, theology, the Bible, religious experience, aesthetic experience, and faith. Goannatree specifically explores how these points of intersection and collision affect the interpretation of artistic works and scripture. Anna also shares her own journey through graduate school, getting her PhD, teaching in a university context, and her life as an expatriate Australian who has lived on three continents in four years.
Goannatree: What’s in a Name?
[Anna] The name of this blog, Goannatree, is not something I feel I can adequately explain to others without destroying the whole made up of disparate parts. However, and even at the risk of stripping away the combined meaning of the title, because I’ve been asked many times:
Goannatree incorporates elements of my heritage, my name, and a photograph. To explain more fully it goes a little like this: a) My heritage: A Goanna is a native Australian reptile – a large lizard. So it reflects my native place. b) My name: (Anna) and a nickname from childhood which reared its head every year after Swimming carnivals (Go Anna)… c) A photograph:

I took a photograph of a magnificence grand daddy Goanna stretched full length vertically on the trunk on a tree on my parents property and that tree and the photo is etched in my memory…. unfortunately this photo isn’t on my site. It is a film shot and is in a box somewhere on the other side of the world.
Thus, it is more personal than philosophical!

Are you a scholar-blogger?

I actually wrote a whole post in response to this question.

How do I contact Anna?
You can contact Anna at goannatree_at_gmail.com. You can also find out more and her academic contact details on Academia.edu (just search Anna M Blanch).

I have a call for papers that I’d like posted on Goannatree, how do I do that?
Email it to goannatree_at_gmail.com and if it fits within the scope of Goannatree, it will be formatted and posted. If you are looking for the cfps on the site, click on the topic tag: cfp and they’ll magically appear.

I’d like to talk to Anna about speaking at our event, conference, lunch/dinner meeting, church, or youth group?
If you’d like to contact Anna about presenting her work or speaking on any of the topics you’ve seen here at Goannatree you can do so at goannatree_at_gmail.com. Anna will gladly discuss with you your needs, the parameters of the talk and the audience.

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions  and the Big Bible #digidisciple project. See the About page for a lengthier bio and selected publications.