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Annual Graduate Student Conference

Theology Graduate Student Association Conference

Seventh Annual Fordham Theology Graduate Students Association Conference on

Religion and Racial and Ethnic Justice
(March 30-31, 2017)

Keynote Address

Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Tognino Hall in Duane Library, Rose Hill 6 p.m.

“The Erotic Life of Antiblackness: Police Sexual Violation of Black Bodies,” with Prof. Bryan Massingale, STD

The Fordham Theology Graduate Student Association (TGSA) and the Graduate Group Supporting Students of Color (GGSSoC) warmly invite all attendees to join us for a reception in the Theology Department in Duane Library immediately following the Keynote Address.

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 31, 2017 at Lowenstein Library 708, Lincoln Center

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9 a.m. – Opening Remarks

Panel 1: Race and Ethnicity in American Religion

9:10 – 9:30 a.m. “Race, Gender, and Gender Transgression in Contemporary Asatru and Heathenry,” Galina Krasskova (Fordham University)
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. “Liberating Catholic Theological Aesthetics from Eurocentrism: The US Latino/a Retrieval of von Balthasar, Beauty, and Pluralism,” Charles Gillespie (University of Virginia)
9:50 – 10:10 a.m. “The Scars of Good Intentions: Racial-Spatial Hierarchy in New Haven,” Edward Dunar (Fordham University)
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. “Are ‘Asians’ of Israel?: Perpetuation of Orientalism in Mormon Missions and the Making of the Mormon Race,” Michelle Kim (Yale Divinity School)
10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Faculty Respondent: Professor Kathryn Reklis
10:50 – 11 a.m. Short Q&A
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

Panel 2: An Ecclesiology Bending Towards Justice

12:30 – 12:50 p.m. “The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Suggestions for Collaboration between Black Churches and #BlackLivesMatter,” Richard Williams (Emory University)
12:50 – 1:10 p.m. “The Catholic Stake in The New Jim Crow: Solidarity, Justice, and Systemic Liberation,” Michael Yu (Boston College)
1:10 – 1:30 p.m. “Babel, Ecumenism and Inter-Racial Dialogue,” Nathaniel Fasman (Boston College)
1:30 – 1:50 p.m. “Intergenerational Solidarity, the Construction of Whiteness, and Racial Justice,” Taylor Bartlett (Fordham University)
1:50 – 2:10 p.m. Faculty Respondent: Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher
2:10 – 2:20 p.m. Short Q&A
2:20 – 2:30 p.m. Short Break

Panel 3: History and the Theological Imagination

2:30 – 2:50 p.m. “On the Efficacy of Overcoming: A Theo-Political Critique of Neo-Racism and Rupture of Faith in Eastern Congo,” Carlton Chase (Fordham University)
2:50 – 3:10 p.m. “The MLK and Malcolm X Options: Modal Theology and Racial Justice,” Samuel Needham (Boston University)
3:10 – 3:20 p.m. “Baptism, Death and Eros: A Historical and Theological Survey of Baptismal Theology on Indigenous Flesh,” Anthony Trujillo (Yale Divinity School)
3:20 – 3:40 p.m. “Is Christianity an Ethnicity?: A Taxonomy of ‘Ethnos’ in Ante-Nicene Christianity,” M Adryael Tong (Fordham University)
3:40 – 4 p.m. Faculty Respondent: Professor Emanuel Fiano
4 – 5 p.m. Conference Capstone Conversation with All Panelists Moderator: Professor Allan Georgia

The Fordham Theology Graduate Students warmly invite all our conference participants to join us for drinks and merriment at the Jolly Monk in Hell’s Kitchen (701 9th Ave. at 48th St.).