The GPR is Well-Represented at the AAR/SBL

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A number of GPR students and faculty will be presenting in the AAR/SBL to be held in San Diego, California November 23-26, 2019. The annual conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature is perhaps the most important conference of the year for those in the field of Religious Studies.  More than 1,200 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered at this annual conference. 

Graduate Program in Religion students who plan to present include: 

Torang Asadi – “New Age Mystics, Healing Cyborgs” and panelist, ‘The Future of ‘New Religious Movements.’”

Yucheng Bai – “In Search of Sublimity: Wu Yaozong’s Overseas Religious Education and His Collaboration with Communism.”

Grazina Bielousova (4th year Religion and Modernity) – “The Art of Blasphemy: Lithuanian Feminist Protest and the Sacredness of National Reproduction.”

Adam Booth (4rd year New Testament) – “Eschatological Mirrors: 2 Cor 11:2 and Contemporary Texts on Marriage.”

Brad Boswell (6th year Early Christianity) – “Contesting Late Antique Judaeo-Christianity: Julian ‘the Apostate’ and Narrative Sublation” and “Julian the Apostate and the Narrative Subsumption of Christianity: Re-reading against the Galilaens.”

Katherine H. Burgett (4th year New Testament)“The Enslaved Law in Galatians 3-4.”

Michael Grigoni (6th year Christian Theological Studies) – “Christian Theology and Ethnography in Intersection: Engaging Todd Whitmore’s Imitating Christ in Magwi: An Anthropological Theology (Bloomsbury, 2019).”

Eric Hung (1st year World Christianity) – “Transnational Connectionalism at Work: The Foundation of Wei Li Kung Hui (American Methodism) in Hong Kong.”

Sungjin Im (3rd year Asian Religions) – “(Un)dressing the Mahatma: The Visual Presence of Gandhi in Colonial Korea, 1921–1933.”

Ryan Juskus (5th year Christian Theological Studies) – “From Resourcing the Margins to ‘Ressourcement from the Margins’: Attending to the Outpouring of Life and Power in a Natural Resource Economy’s Sacrifice Zones.”

Seth Ligo (7th year Asian Religions) – “Mapping Mandalas: Tantric Constructs in a Puranic City” and “Cries of Terror, Shrieks of Laughter: Marginal Yogīs and the Complementary Modalities of Humor and Fear.”

Ian Mills (5th year New Testament) – “Christian Corruption of Jewish Scripture: Rewriting GGreek Isaiah 53 as Messianic Prophecy.”

Julie Newberry (6th year New Testament) – “Where Did the Joy Go? Reflections on the (Lexical) Dearth of Joy Later in Acts.”

Andrew Remington Rillera (4rd year New Testament) – “Two Types of Physical Circumcision and Why This Matters for Paul Polemics in Galatians and Philippians.”

Laura Robinson (5th year New Testament) – “’Making Disciples’: A Note on an Unusual Verb Form in Matt 28:19 and Acts 14:21 and the Implications for Gospel Relationship.”

Taylor Ross (5th year Early Christianity) – “Settling Gregory of Nyssa’s Debts to Neoplatonic Hermeneutics.”

Elizabeth Schrader (3rd year Early Christianity) – “Mary Magdalene as the Beloved Disciple in Earliest Christian Interpretation.”


Graduate Program in Religion faculty who plan to present include: 

Kate Bowler, “Expanding the Public Sphere: Plenary Conversation with Kate Bowler and AAR President Laurie Patton on Becoming a Public Intellectual.”

Douglas Campbell, panelist “Fulfillment and Supersessionism in the Theology of St. Paul” in Society for Post-Supersessionist Theology.

Stephen B. Chapman, “Psalm 115 and the Logic of Blessing.”

Mark Goodacre, “Mary Mary, and Another Mother: How Matthew Read Mark’s Women” and “Parallel Traditions or Parallel Gospels? John’s Gospel as a Re-imagination of Mark.”

Stanley Hauerwas, “Beyond Capitalism: Radical Traditions for a New Economy.”

Jennifer Knust, “Response: Patristic Writers and John’s Compositional Goals.”

Laura Lieber, “Late Antique Liturgical Poetry at the Intersection of Ritual, Magic, and Art.”

David Morgan, respondent “The Cinematic Sacred: A Neglected Genre and Its Depictions of Suffering,” in American Lectures in the History of Religions; respondent “Material Culture and Korean Religions” in Korean Religions Unit.

Leela Prasad, panelist “Book Panel: Who Owns Religion? Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2019) by Laurie L. Patton” in Public Understanding of Religion Committee.

Joseph Winters, “Between Ecstasy and Anguish: Black Studies and the Excessive Sacred;” panelist on “A Book Panel on Religion, Ethics, and the Practice of Modern Politics under Conditions of Injustice” in Philosophy of Religion Unit.


Graduate Program in Religion recent alumni who plan to present include (not a comprehensive list): 

Matthew Elia “From Mestizaje to Cimarronaje: Afro-Latinx Ecologies and the Ethics of Climate Migration”

Mari Joerstad, “Foreign Wives: An Immigrant and a Convert Reading the Bible’s Women.”

Samuel Kigar, “God’s Feminine Shadow: A Feminist Muslim Political Theology of Territory.”

David Smith, “The Jewishness of Luke: Reconsidering Luke-Acts in the ‘Parking of the Ways’” and “’All Israel Will be Saved’: A Lukan Hope?” and “The Sitze im Leben of the Trial Narratives in Early Jewish-Christian Relations.”

Erin Galgay Walsh, presiding over “Augustine and Paul” in Augustine and Augustinianisms Unit and SBL Development of Early Christian Theology Unit.

Our congratulations to these scholars for having papers accepted, and our best wishes to them as they present them.