2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

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2019 Regional Meetings

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Deadline: October 1, 2019

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Awards and Accomplishments

Sarah Riccardi-Swartz, New York University

In the 2019-2020 academic year, Sarah Riccardi-Swartz, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at NYU, will hold both the National Endowment for Humanities Orthodox Christian Studies Dissertation Fellowship through the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Her dissertation examines the transnational political dimensions of conversion to Russian Orthodoxy in Appalachia. 
In the Spring 2019 semester, Riccardi-Swartz was also the recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at NYU.  

Books and Major Publications

Joan Connell, Western Washington University

Healing All Creation: Genesis, the Gospel of Mark, and the Story of the Universe, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. In Healing All Creation, a scripture scholar and a religion journalist explore the literary and theological symmetries of Genesis, the Gospel of Mark and the unfolding story of evolution, as told by science and the emerging discipline of cosmological theology.

Bernadette Flanagan, Spirituality Institute, Dublin, IRELAND

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions, co-edited by Bernadette Flanagan and Laszlo Zsolnai, Routledege, 2019. This book presents in seven parts how spirituality is impacting theory and practce in the professions, as well as society in areas such as business, agriculture, urban planning, psychology, health and much more. It is a unique resource which brings together a wide range of scholarship that is often isolated in specialist professional journals and thus generates a cross-professional discussion for the way ahead for spirituality studies.

Richard Jaffe, Duke University

Seeking Śākyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism, University of Chicago Press, 2019. Though fascinated with the land of their tradition’s birth, virtually no Japanese Buddhists visited the Indian subcontinent before the nineteenth century. In the richly illustrated Seeking Śākyamuni, Richard M. Jaffe reveals the experiences of the first Japanese Buddhists who traveled to South Asia in search of Buddhist knowledge beginning in 1873.

Quentin P Kinnison, Fresno Pacific University

A Road Too Short for the Long Journey: Reflections and Resources to Support Grieving People, Wipf and Stock, 2019. The inevitability of death in our broken world means that grief and mourning are a normal part of the human experience. Too often, though, this normal journey of grief is cut short by a culture intent on pretending bad things don’t really happen. In A Road Too Short for the Long Journey, readers are invited to consider how we might travel this road of mourning with those who grieve and how we might join them as partners in a reorientation of the world experienced through loss.

James Mastaler, Loyola University Chicago

Woven Together: Faith and Justice for the Earth and the Poor, Wipf and Stock, 2019. James S. Mastaler argues that now, more than ever, it is critical that religious stories encompass a call to moral responsibility for the earth and to the global poor. With a foreword by Holmes Rolston III, it has been endorsed by Mary Evelyn Tucker as “an invaluable weave of theology and ethics in the context of environmental concerns and social justice.” James has worked alongside community leaders spanning more than twelve countries on three continents while studying social and ecological systems related to structural poverty, gender disparity, and environmental degradation. 

Michelle Sanchez, Harvard Divinity School

Calvin and the Resignification of the World, Cambridge University Press, 2019. This book closely reads Calvin's 1559 Institutes, approaching the text as a pedagogical tool given to perform a tactical revaluation of the significance of worldly life through deliberate practice. It also places Calvin's Institutes in conversation with contemporary debates in religious studies over secularization, ritual, and the function of theology. Additionally, because Calvin's teaching renders material life in general as glorious when rightly perceived through a revealed lens, it assumes a polemical posture against any socio-political regimes that privileges one kind of (social) body over others. 

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

Thomas Berry: A Biography, Columbia University Press, 2019. Berry was one of the 20th century’s most profound thinkers. As a cultural historian, he sought a broader perspective on humanity’s relationship to the Earth in order to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times. The first biography of Berry, this book illuminates his remarkable vision and its continuing relevance for achieving transformative social change and environmental renewal.