March 23 @ 11:00 am - March 24 @ 4:00 pm

Drew’s signature Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium (TTC) will be a graduate student conferenced organized by PhD students in the Theological School’s Graduate Division of Religion. The theme of the conference is “Trans: Human/Divine Bodies beyond Boundaries,” which convenes scholars engaged in fields such as transgender theory, media studies, ethics, sexuality and gender studies, critical race theory, theology and religious studies, to name a few.

For the purposes of this conference, we are imagining trans in two different ways: as transgender theory and the prefix trans as a signifier of method. Transgenderism we understand as the transcending of gender categories, either by crossing between the binaries of masculine and feminine or existing outside the binary completely. Transgender theory integrates the embodiment of lived experiences with the negotiation of socially and individually constructed identities.

Operating at a nexus of identities, transgender theory invites us to consider the intersectionality of the social roles and locations that individuals and communities occupy in the world. Whether the bodies examined are individual, national, institutional, animal, or otherwise, we invite papers that inhabit non-binary and non-essentialist approaches to their lives and experiences. In addition to papers that engage various terrestrial trans bodies, we also invite papers that engage various divine trans bodies. Examples might include trans representation of the Jewish or Christian bodies of God, of Jesus’ bodies, of angelic or other heavenly bodies, or of beatified saintly bodies.

Our starting point is transgender theory because of the ways in which it has already modeled the transgressing of bodies and disciplinary categories we hope to engage at TTC this year. Our intention is to honor the work of transgender theorists by inviting conversation, first and foremost, on transgenderism, as well as other transgressive scholarship.

TTC invites papers that mine pop culture, material culture, mass media, and contemporary scholarship, among other sources, for material to consider the following question: How can transgender theory help to move our understandings of bodies beyond their limiting, normative boundaries?

We hope this conference encourages scholars, artists, and cultural workers to critique, construct, and engage various permutations of what can be signified by the prefix trans. We especially intend for these critiques, constructions, and engagements to give special attention to how the emergence of transgender theory helps us theorize the use of this prefix “beyond” the particularities of transgender reality.

We invite scholarly and creative papers for 15-minute presentations. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in length to the steering committee (,, and by February 15.

Participants will be notified of decisions by February 28.


March 23 @ 11:00 am
March 24 @ 4:00 pm
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