Dr Johanna J. M. Petsche is a tutor at the University of Sydney, Australian Catholic University, and University of Western Sydney, and also works as a research assistant. She graduated with a PhD in Studies in Religion from the University of Sydney in 2013. Her dissertation, entitled Music For Remembering: The Gurdjieff/de Hartmann Piano Music and its Esoteric Significance, examined the piano music and esoteric teachings of Greek-Armenian spiritual teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (c.1866-1949). Johanna co-edited a special issue of Literature & Aesthetics (Vol. 21, No. 1, SSLA, 2011) on ‘The Legacy of Theosophy’, and has published a number of articles and book chapters on Gurdjieff, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and pianist Keith Jarrett. In her spare time she performs in a trio on clarinet and studies the Gurdjieff Movements.
"through examining [religions'] cultural products we come to notice the different kinds of relationships that exist between how these products are portrayed and intended by their creators, and how they actually go on to be perceived and experienced in wider society." The Religious Studies Project’s interview with Professor Carole M. Cusack of the University of Sydney covers an ambitious range of issues by tackling some huge open-ended questions: