Alexander Wolfson

As a fellow I plan to finish the final chapters of my dissertation entitled Force and Stabilization: ‘Transsexuality’ in 20th Century Critical Thought. The dissertation looks at the role and representation of transsexuality and non-binary gender identity in 20th Century psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of science. It shows how philosophers, analysts, and scientists of the late 20th century navigated emerging discourses concerning gender and sexual difference, arguing that transsexuality’s role as productive of contemporary concepts of sex and ge

Héctor M. Varela Rios

My goal this year can be stated simply: to complete my dissertation. Easier said than done, though. This fellowship with the Martin Marty Center (MMC), especially due to the interdisciplinary conversations with peers and faculty, will be key to accomplishing that goal. More specifically, my dissertation deals with the intersecton between theology and artifacts (also known as material culture) around one question: how are artifacts theological?

Paride Stortini

I am honored and thrilled at becoming a Martin Marty Fellow in the academic year 2019-2020. I am looking forward to sharing my research there, learn from my peers, and being challenged to present those aspects of my research that make it valuable for a broader public, which is, in my opinion, an essential task that scholarship on religion today must be able to accomplish.

T. Scott Ferguson

I'm hugely excited to be participating in this year's Marty Seminar. My dissertation work is a historical analysis of the proofs for the existence of God; I tell the story of why the proofs took on such prominence in Descartes and afterwards and how they function within modern metaphysics, with the goal of understanding what effects their tradition continues to have on the ways we today conceive of religion.

Barnabas Pusnur

My research is an attempt to explore theological options open before India’s minority Christian community as they constantly face existential challenges with respect to their citizenship, i.e. their rights, duties and status in modern Indian society. The Marty fellowship gives me an opportunity to do my research in a way that speaks to a larger audience. Though my research is located within the theological discipline (more specifically Indian Christian theology), it has integral connections with political theory, history and postcolonial criticism.

Daniel Kim

My dissertation addresses a long-standing inarticulacy within modern medicine about its malaise and its good. I locate the problem in its dominant but reductive image of the human person, which tends to regard ethical and religious values in terms solely of their instrumental importance. Drawing on Charles Taylor and Augustine, and taking a hermeneutic approach, I argue for and clarify our ontology as hermeneutic selves.

Mark Lambert

In my dissertation, I ask: What is the hermeneutical relationship between illness and theological symbols? Or more importantly: What is the unique, explanatory purchase of theological symbols vis-à-vis the experience of illness and what—if any—ethical demands does that experience of illness present to the interpretation of theological symbols? To that end, I address how the construal of theological symbols affects the ethical status of people with an acutely stigmatizing—and theologically freighted—illness such as leprosy.

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