AAR 2019 Workshop: Christian Theology and Ethnography in Intersection

Imitating Christ in Magwi book cover
Christian Theology and Ethnography in Intersection: Engaging Todd Whitmore’s Imitating Christ in Magwi: An Anthropological Theology (Bloomsbury, 2019)

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November 23, 2019 - 3:30 pm

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November 23, 2019 - 5:00 pm

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San Diego, CA   View map

Christian Theology and Ethnography in Intersection: Engaging Todd Whitmore’s Imitating Christ in Magwi: An Anthropological Theology (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Michael Grigoni, Duke University, Presiding

Saturday – 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Convention Center-3 (Upper Level West)

While the ethnographic turn in Christian theology is well-established, few monographs have appeared in which theologians both conduct ethnographic fieldwork and leverage their research toward theological ends. This roundtable session seeks to recognize the recent appearance of such a work, Todd Whitmore’s Imitating Christ in Magwi: An Anthropological Theology (Bloomsbury, 2019), and discuss its significance for the ethnographic turn in Christian theology.

In his book, Whitmore argues that the Christian theologian has a vocation to “reenact” and “revivify” Jesus, and that an ethnographically-grounded theology provides a powerful means by which to engage in this “gospel mimesis.” This is a vision of theology done with and through the body, carried out in the field rather than the armchair, among and on behalf of victims of violence. This session explores the significance of this vision of “mimetic theology” done in imitatio Christi and the possibilities for an embodied solidarity it models.

Panelists:

Simeon O. Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University
Ted A. Smith, Emory University
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, Emmanuel College
Mary Clark Moschella, Yale University

Responding:

Todd D. Whitmore, University of Notre Dame

Click here for an overview of all workshops organized by the Ecclesial Practices Unit at the AAR 2019.

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Founded in 2007, the Network for Ecclesiology and Ethnography is a growing international group of scholars committed to the empirical and theological study of the Christian church.

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