ReligionInterruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies”

Syracuse University Graduate Student Conference

February 2728,2015


ReligionInterruptus will take place at Syracuse University from 1:00 pm-8:30 pm on February 27 and from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm on February 28. All panels of papers will take place on the first and second floors of the Hall of Langauges on the Syracuse campus.

Schedule: Friday, February 27


1:00 – 1:45    – Registration (table will be available through the afternoon) — 207 Hall of Languages

1:45 – 2:00    – Welcome — 207 Hall of Languages

2:15 – 3: 45   – Panel Session A  — 111 Hall of Languages

A: “Queer Theology and ‘Deviance’” (Seren Gates Amador, chair)

  • Adrian Hernandez-Acosta, Harvard Divinity School:  “When God Puts a Rainbow in the Sky, Notes on Queer Theology and American Empire”
  • Terry Reeder, Syracuse University “Sodomy: A Feminist Retraversal of a Genealogy”
  • Samuel Castleberry and Adam D.J. Brett, Syracuse University: “What is Queer about Queer Christian Theology?”
  • Stephen Lloyd, Boston University: “Zulu Sexuality and the Destabilization of Mission Institutions, 1840-1860”

4:00 – 5:15    – Panel Session B — 115 Hall of Languages

B: “History of Madness and Mad for Foucault” (Dan Moseson, chair)

  • Karen Bray, Drew University:  “Mad for the World: the faithful interruptus of affect alien prophets
  • Brandy Daniels, Vanderbilt University: “Virtue with No After? Towards a Post-Moral, Erotic (Theological) Ethics”
  • Marina Malli, Binghamton University: “From Confession to Parrhesia: Coming Out as an Act of Truth”

5:30 – 6:45    – Keynote: Dr. Lynne Huffer “Strange Eros”  — 107 Hall of Languages

7:00 – 8:00    – Dinner (co-sponsored) — Goldstein Alumni Center

8:30               – Reception — Goldstein Alumni Center



Schedule: Saturday, February 28

10:30 – 12:00 – Panel Session C — 111 Hall of Languages

C: “Transgressive Bodies, Transgressed Bodies” (Lauren McCormick, chair)

  • M.W. Bychowski, The George Washington University: “Mad for Narcissus: Transgender Suicide in Medieval Confessional Literature”
  • Jonathan Jackson, Syracuse University:  “Useful and Inhuman: Inversions of Queer and Correction of the Jewish Body”
  • Amy Clanfield, University of Toronto: “[Untitled]: A Queer Re-telling of the Acts of Paul and Thecla
  • Lisa Gasson-Gardner, Drew University “Queer Resurrection? Reading Jose Muñoz, Jürgen Moltmann, and Jean-Luc Nancy”

12:00 – 1:00     – Lunch  — 102 Hall of Languages

1:00 – 2:30       – Panel Session D — 105 Hall of Languages

D: “Affect, Space, Ecology” (Maria Carson, chair)

  • Holly White, Syracuse University:  “Patterns in Comparative Utopia: Eliade and Jameson on the Archaic”
  • Courtney O’Dell-Chaib, Syracuse University:  “Desiring Devastated Landscapes: Cultivating Biophilia Within Ecological Collapse”
  • John Borchert, Syracuse University:  “Disinterred: New Urban Necro-Politics”
  • Robert Warren, Drew University: “A Theology of the Vibrant City-Body Through Micropractices of Affective-Aesthetic Perception”

2:45 – 4:15    – Concurrent Panel Sessions E and F

E: “Islam and Political Transformation” — 111 Hall of Languages (Duygu Yeni, chair)

  • Sara Swenson, Syracuse University: “Gendered Asceticism and Foucault’s Political Spirituality
  • Clara Schoonmaker, Syracuse University:  “‘An unfolding revolution under the banner of Islam’: Heterotopia, Political Spirituality, and the Iranian Revolution”
  • Julia Sweet, Rutgers University: “Islam and Orthodox Christianity as Political Agents in Russia (1991-2013)”
  • Parnia Vafaeikia, University of British Columbia: “The Representation of the Feminine Body in Shi’a Jurisprudence”
  • Zachary Bruce Terrell, New York University: “The Biopolitics of the Body in Gaza”

F: “Sex and Sexuality in American History and Film”  — 105 Hall of Languages (Emma Brodeur, chair)

  • Aureliane Narvaez, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne/Columbia University: “Infidelitas Interrupta: From religious dissidence to Protestant common sense, the biopolitical apparatus of mental, sexual, and social control in antebellum America”
  • Andrew Walker-Cornetta, Princeton University: “When Religion Becomes Sex, When Sex Becomes Religion: Victoria Woodhull, Perfected Reproduction, and Free Love in the Late Nineteenth-Century”
  • Dai Newman, Syracuse University: “What really interests me is practice: Mormonism, Mahlzeiten, and New German Cinema”
  • Carolyn Keller, Binghamton University:  “‘The Chickening’: Foucault, Feminism, and Interstitiality at Play in Orange is the New Black

4:30 – 6:15    – Concurrent Panel Sessions G and H

G:Gender, Sexuality, and Contemporary Christian Practice”  — 107 Hall of Languages (Fu Cong, chair)

  • Daniel Reid, Yale Divinity School: “The Violence of Language and Womenpriests’ Response”
  • Mandi Veenstra, Queen’s University:  “The ‘Good’ Christian Mother: Manufacturing an Unattainable Ideal”
  • Sierra Schnable, University of Florida “That All May Worship: An Exploratory Ethnography of LGBTQ-Affirming Protestant Churches”
  • Yookyeong Im, Seoul National University:  “Coevolving: Queer Christian Citizenship in an LGBTQ-Affirming International Church in Seoul, South Korea”

H:Foucault and Sexuality in Literary Analysis”  — 114 Hall of Languages (Rebecca Moody, chair)

  • LaJoie Ward, Binghamton University: “How William Thornhills Filled up the Whole World: Foucauldian Penality, Invested Bodies, and Individual Responsibility in Kate Grenville’s The Secret River
  • Jihye Kang, Binghamton University: “Madness and Sexuality in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea
  • James Fitzgerald, Binghamton University: “Sexual Preconceptions and Fowles’ Fiction: Genealogical Discourse and a Rethinking of the Victorian Metanarrative”
  • Blake J. Huggins, Boston University: “The Future of ‘No Future’: Plasticity, Temporality and Undecidability”
  • Adam Ferguson, Binghamton University: ‘“Where art thou, Friend’: The Queer Poetics of Gerard Manley Hopkins”

6:15          – Conference Conclusion


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Related Syracuse University Humanities Center Event:

Porosity, Sensuality, Relation: Rethinking Religion’s Terms





February 27, 2015, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Porosity, Sensuality, Relation: Rethinking Religion’s Terms
HC Mini-seminar: 10:00 a.m.
Public Lecture: 2:00 p.m.
Tolley Humanities Building, Room 304

William Robert
Assistant Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Syracuse University

What do we talk about when we talk about religion? In what terms do we define religion? How would changing those terms change religion? This public conversation responds to these questions by discussing 3 terms that can help us to rethink religion: porosity, sensuality, relation. It brings together three scholars of religious studies to consider what these terms mean, how those meanings intersect, and what differences those intersections make for rethinking what we call religion. This rethinking also reimagines religion’s place in and importance for the humanities.


Kent Brintnall, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professor in Teaching, affiliate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Film Studies programs, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Associate Professor and Chair of Religion, core faculty in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Wesleyan University


About Syracuse  University

Syracuse University is a private, non-profit research university in Syracuse, New York. Founded in 1875, SU now enrolls 21,267 undergraduate, professional and graduate students in thirteen schools and colleges.

About the SU Department of Religion

The Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences emphasizes cultural and theoretical approaches to the study of religion, and draws attention to the relationship of religion with literature, art, history, psychology, politics and philosophy. Students are encouraged to investigate both the religious dimensions of secular culture and traditional religions as cultural phenomena. The Religion Department is staffed by sixteen faculty members and offers the B.A.,M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.