Through the support of the John Templeton Foundation the CTEA invited current anthropology or theology graduate students and recent graduates to apply to participate in one of two mini-conferences being held in Atlanta, GA on September 18, 2017 and Oxford, England on October 30, 2017. During these conferences, the CTEA scholars will receive support writing a journal article based on their fieldwork using theologically engaged anthropology from Joel Robbins, Alister McGrath, Francis X. Clooney, Martyn Percy, Brian Howell, Don Seeman and Derrick Lemons. From an extremely competitive field of applicants, the following scholars were chosen to participate through a blind-review process:
Diana is a PhD candidate in Socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania who interested in the complex relationship between race, racism, culture, systems of belief (often religion and spirituality), and inequities in health. Theoretically, her work is engaged with critical approaches to the study of indigeneity and Blackness, global health, medical anthropology, and religious studies. Furthermore, she curious about embodied spiritual practices, health, and healing with specific foci on citizenship(s), globalization, social justice, migration, and subject formation.
Kalpesh is a PhD candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research explores a number of theoretical and practical challenges that (post)modern receptions of premodern religious texts pose to the secular liberal understanding of agency, autonomy and subjectivity. As a case study, he examines how interpretations and receptions of a sacred Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gītā, in a transnational community shape, and are shaped by, secular concerns, moral agency, subject formation and self-cultivation of its practitioners. Engaging with the conversations in anthropology of religion, study of ethics, and practical theology, he hopes to expand the progressive liberal conceptions of agency and autonomy that lack sufficient epistemological openness and theoretical elasticity to account for ethical pluralism and ideological differences in our (post)secular age. My other research interests include transnational identity of Hindu diasporas and their engagement with the lived philosophy of neo-Vedanta.
Leanne Williams Green
Leanne is a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She is interested broadly in religion and social change, but my dissertation research focuses on concerns about morality in the lives of a group of urban Baptists in Zimbabwe. She would like the opportunity to think more about ways that human action and human responsibility (and also divine action) are conceptualized and then play out.
Heather Mellquist Lehto
Heather is an anthropologist finishing her PhD at UC Berkeley. Her work explores technology and religion in the context of Korean multisite churches in South Korea and the United States. She principally engage with theories of secularism/religion, science and technology studies, and media, with an eye to how these theoretical discourses align with/diverge from concerns within an East Asian (and diasporic) context.
Patrick recently completed his degree in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He conducted ethnographic research on a distinctive federation of Christian communities called L'Arche, where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. His research speaks to conversations in the Anthropology of Religion, Christianity, Care, Disability, and Ethics.
Marc Roscue Loustau
Marc Roscoe Loustau is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA, USA). He received a Master of Divinity (2006) and a Doctor of Theology (2015) from Harvard Divinity School. Since 2009, he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork at the Csíksomlyó (Ro: Şumuleu Ciuc) pilgrimage site in the Transylvania region of Romania. His interests include Catholic pilgrimage, consumption, and lived ethics. He is fluent in Hungarian and conversational in Romanian, and he is a founding member of the Slow Runners’ Club of Boston, MA.
Lena is finishing her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research focuses on encounters across difference between Palestinian and European/North American evangelical Christians in Israel-Palestine. She is interested in how these encounters are shaped by historical, ethnic and cultural difference, as well as differing interpretations of biblical scripture that lead to often opposing political and social commitments. More widely, her research addresses the tension between religious belonging and citizenship, and critically investigates global religious connections that are perpetuating uneven social and political structures. She has used postcolonial theory to analyse my findings (Asad, Wimbush), but unlike previous anthropological scholarship on Palestinian Christianity pay particular attention to my respondents' theologies.
S Francesca Po
Francesca is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of the Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy and Dr Donovan Schaefer. Her primary research interests are in religious change, nonreligion, and new religious movements. Prior to Oxford, she served in the US Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, was a religious studies educator, and high school campus minister. She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council and the Liaison to Wisdom Traditions at the Metta Centre for Nonviolence.