TTC13-article-website-imageSince 2001 Drew University has hosted the Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, a conference which gathers renowned scholars from a stunning breadth of scholarly disciplines to engage in theoretical conversation and theological construction which is at once self-deconstructive in its pluralism and constructive in its affirmations.  This conference epitomizes Drew’s unique approach to religious scholarship, an approach that emerges from the complexity of the contemporary contexts theology must consider.

The thirteenth colloquium in the series, titled “Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, Materiality” and scheduled for March 28-30, will consider ways in which theological and religious studies intersect new scientific stories of relationality, such as those of quantum entanglement and neuroscience.  Beyond the mere dualism of science versus religion, this conference intends to coax a vibrant synthesis of theories and theologies of relationality that are resistant to both anthropocentric and reductive modernisms and that intensify attention to the fragile bodies of our creaturely interdependence.  The conference aims to move beyond previous science vs. religion debates through engaging with the high-profile interdisciplinary synthesis of critical theory and scientific inquiry known as the “new materialism.”  Two of the leading figures associated with the new materialism, Karen Barad, author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning, and Jane Bennett, author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, will participate in the conference.

The full slate of presenters is as follows:

Karen Barad, University of California, Santa Cruz

Whitney Bauman, Florida International University

Jane Bennett, John Hopkins University

Loriliai Biernacki, University of Colorado, Boulder

Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology

Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas

Luke Higgins, South University

Catherine Keller, Drew University Theological School

W. Anne Joh, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Dan Miller, University College, London

Elias Ortega-Aponte, Drew University Theological School

Josh Ramey, Haverford College

Mayra Rivera Rivera, Harvard Divinity School

Jeff Robbins, Lebanon Valley College

Mary Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University

Koutrofinis Spyridon University of California, Berkeley

Jenna Supp-Montgomerie, Quest University

Manuel A. Vasquez, University of Florida

Theodore Walker, Jr, Southern Methodist University/Perkins School of Theology

Carol Wayne White, Bucknell University

Registration is now open.  Please see the TTC website for further details as they unfold.

–Shelley Dennis, PhD Candidate