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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Dr Marcus Pound

Associate Professor of Theology & Assistant Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43954
Fax: 0191 33 43941
Room number: Abbey House 205

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I am an Senior Tutor and Associtae Professor of Contempoary Theoplogy. My interests are found at the intersection of theology and continental philosophy, in particular psychoanalysis in the tradition of Jacques Lacan. I currently teach an MA course: '20th Century Catholic Theologians' for the MA in Theology, pathway in Catholic Theology.

 I have a number of current post-graduate research students working in areas including: ecumenism, negative hermeneutics, mental health services and faith communities, Leo Strauss, Methodist oversight, and I have supervised PhDs on ‘The Social Philosophy of Gillian Rose’, 'The Works of Mercy: Towards a liturgical politics of the everyday', 'The Theology of Work: Chenu and Cardijn', 'Negative Theology: Žižek and pseudo-Dionysius', 'Hegel and Millennarianism: toward a theology of liberation', 'Catholic Social Thought and the Red Tory', and 'Kierkegaard and the Ressourcement Movement'

Research Supervision


Edited book


Chapter in book

  • Pound, M. (2019). Post-Secular Political Theology. In Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Theology. Cavanaugh, William & Scott, Peter Wiley Blackwell.
  • Pound, M (2018). Rose contra Girard: Kenotic Comedy and Social Theory (Or, Žižek as a Reader of Rose). In Misrecognitions: Gillian Rose and the Task of Political Theology. Davis, J. Eugene OR: Cascade Books. 232-249.
  • Pound, M. (2014). By the Grace of Lacan. In Theology After Lacan. Davis, C., Pound, M. & Crockett, C. Eugene, OR: WIPF. 232-249.
  • Pound, M. (2014). Theology. In The Zizek Dictionary. Butler, R. Routledge. 246-249.
  • Pound, Marcus (2012). Eucharist is Drive. In The Poverty of Radical Orthodoxy. Isherwood, L. & Zlomislic, M. Oregon: WIPF and Stock Publishers. 213-235.
  • Pound, Marcus. (2012). Postmodern Philosophy. In Theology and Philosophy. Crisp, O., D'Costa, G., Davies, M. & Hampson, P. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark. 186-201.
  • Pound, Marcus (2011). Lacan’s Return to Freud: A Case of Theological Ressourcement?. In Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology. Flynn, G. & Murray, P. Oxford University Press. 440-456.
  • Pound, Marcus (2007). Lacan, Metaphysics, and Belief. In Belief and Metaphysics. Chandler (Jr), Peter & Cunningham, Conor SCM. 413-425.

Journal Article