—Shelley Dennis, GDR Student
Since 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. No doubt this abundantly multifaceted approach has infused your own religious scholarship.
But despite the profound depth and breadth of the scholarship represented annually at TTC, something has been missing: you, our alumni/ae. We would like more of you to use TTC as a way to remain involved in the Drew academic community. This year TTC will feature an Alumni/ae Breakfast on Sunday, March 30th. Catch up and reminisce with former classmates and mentors, network, and meet current students and faculty throughout the conference, and particularly during this special time set aside just for you.
This 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
W. Anne Joh, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Catherine Keller, Drew University Theological School
Spyridon A. Koutroufinis, University of California, Berkeley
Dan Miller, Landmark College
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
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 opens soon. Please see our website for further details as they unfold.
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