Reckoning With Death: Humanity, Mortality & The Ends of Life

The 2013 Virginia Graduate Colloquium on Theology, Ethics & Culture

Schedule of Events

We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 5

4:00 pm           Registration and Welcome to Watson Manor

4:30 pm           Session 1 – “Reconciling with Death” – Moderated by Kevin Hart (University of Virginia)

Andrew DeCort (University of Chicago) “A Brief Argument for Loving the World in the Face of Catastrophe and Death.”

Russell C. Powell (Princeton Theological Seminary) “Death and its Ecological Implications in Schleiermacher’s Theology of Consciousness.”

Scott Bailey (University of Virginia) “Vulnerability: A Dogmatic and Psychological Intersection.”

6:00 pm           Dinner

7:30 pm           Plenary Lecture: Jeffrey P. Bishop (St. Louis University / Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics) “The Reckoning of the Corpse”

 Saturday, April 6

8:00 am           Breakfast & Coffee at Watson Manor

9:00 am           Session 2 – “Death Together” – Moderated by Michael Lamb (Princeton University)

Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee (Baylor University) “Dasein Goes to Church: A Re-imagining of ‘Being-towards-death’ through An Ecclesial Re-novation of ‘Being-with.’”

Patrick X. Gardner (University of Notre Dame) “Memoria Mortis: Metz and the Political Theology of Death.”

Tim Hartman (University of Virginia) “The Power of the Dead Among the Living: Reckoning with Jesus as Ancestor.”

10:45 am         Session 3 –  “The Commodified Corpse” – Moderated by Sean Larsen (Duke University)

Amey Victoria Adkins (Duke University) “Even Unto Death: The Unsolicited Immortality of Black Female Bodies”

SueJeanne Koh (Duke University) – “‘Saving Grace’: Agamben, Foucault, and Reversing the Logic of the Akedah.”

L. Patrick Burrows (Yale University) “Corpses that Matter: Grievablility, Marginalization, and the Newtown Shooting.”

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:30 pm           Plenary Lecture: Andrea C. White (Emory University/ Candler School of Theology)

2:45 pm           Session 4 –  “Treating Death” – Moderated by James F. Childress (University of Virginia / Institute for Practical Ethics & Public Life).

Ashley R. Hurst (University of Virginia) “How to Blossom, Thrive and Die: Creating an Ethical Framework for End-of-Life Care Decisions From David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence.”

Brett McCarty (Duke University) “Life, Death, and IVF: Control and Contingency in Modern Medicine.”

Autumn Alcott Ridenour (Boston College) “Perspectives on Human Death in Daniel Callahan, Augustine, and Karl Barth in Relation to the Ends and Practices of Modern Medicine.”

4:15 pm           Coffee

4:45 pm           Session 5 “Choosing Death” – Moderated by Paul D. Jones (University of Virginia / Virginia Center for the Study of Religion).

Cornelia Wolf Wilson (University of Chicago) “The Ethics of Buddhist Self-Immolation in Ancient China.”

Deborah Galaski (University of Virginia) – “A Separate Place? Criminal Burial in the Mishnah and the Limits of Reconciliation.”

Cambria Kaltwasser (Princeton Theological Seminary) “The Priority of Death: Mortality and Self-Sacrifice in Recent Christian Ethics.”

6:45 pmDinner and Closing Remarks

List of Presenters

We look forward to hearing papers offered by the following graduate students:

  • Amey Victoria Adkins (Duke) – “Even Unto Death: The Unsolicited Immortality of Black Female Bodies”
  • Scott Bailey (UVA) – “Vulnerability: A Dogmatic and Psychological Intersection”
  • L. Patrick Burrows (Yale) – “Corpses that Matter: Grievablility, Marginalization, and the Newtown Shooting”
  • Andrew DeCort (U.Chicago) – “A Brief Argument for Loving the World in the Face of Catastrophe and Death.”
  • Deborah Galaski (UVA) – “A Separate Place? Criminal Burial in the Mishnah and the Limits of Reconciliation.”
  • Patrick X. Gardner (Notre Dame) – “Memoria Mortis: Metz and the Political Theology of Death”
  • Tim Hartman (UVA) – “The Power of the Dead Among the Living: Reckoning with Jesus as Ancestor”
  • Ashley R. Hurst (UVA) – “How to Blossom, Thrive and Die: Creating an Ethical Framework for End-of-Life Care Decisions From David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence.”
  • Cambria Kaltwasser (Princeton Theological Seminary) – “The Priority of Death: Mortality and Self-Sacrifice in Recent Christian Ethics”
  • SueJeanne Koh (Duke) – “Saving Grace”:  Agamben, Barth, and H. Richard Niebuhr on Sovereign Power and Bare Life
  • Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee (Baylor) – “Dasein Goes to Church: A Re-imagining of ‘Being-towards-death’ through An Ecclesial Re-novation of ‘Being-with’”
  • Brett McCarty (Duke) – “Life, Death, and IVF: Control and Contingency in Modern Medicine”
  • Russell C. Powell (Princeton Theological Seminary) – “Death and its Ecological Implications in Schleiermacher’s Theology of Consciousness”
  • Autumn Alcott Ridenour (Boston College) – “Perspectives on Human Death in Daniel Callahan, Augustine, and Karl Barth in Relation to the Ends and Practices of Modern Medicine.”
  • Cornelia Wolf Wilson (U.Chicago) – “The Ethics of Buddhist Self-Immolation in Ancient China”

For all who are not giving papers, please feel free to come and participate anyway. If you plan on attending, please email us at vgc-tec@virginia.edu.

See you all in a couple weeks!

Virginia Graduate Colloquium

Welcome to the website for the 2013 Virginia Graduate Colloquium on Theology, Ethics & Culture. The title of this year’s colloquium is “Reckoning With Death: Humanity, Mortality & the Ends of Life,” and will be held April 5-6, 2013, at the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville. Please see the Call For Papers for more information.

This colloquium is sponsored by The University of Virginia Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, The University of Virginia Office of Diversity & Equality, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture,  The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, and the University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies.

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