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Academia.edu profile (PDFs of publications).

I am currently a PHD student in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. My research is in the areas of the Philosophy of Religion, Political Theology, and Philosophical Theology, and I’m particularly interested in Anabaptist Mennonite studies and Continental Philosophy, as well as their intersection. While I don’t find time to blog, I do post updates on my research and writing on this site from time to time. Below I narrate the development of some of my scholarly interests, and the writings tab provides links to my articles and reviews.

In 2013 I completed my BA in Philosophy and English, Rhetoric & Professional Writing at the University of Waterloo, where I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the Frankfurt School. My advisor was Winfried Siemerling, who teaches in the English department at the University of Waterloo, and a revised version of the thesis is available as a small booklet called Dialectics Unbound (Punctum Books, 2013).

In 2015 I graduated from the Masters of Theological Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College – a degree jointly granted with the University of Waterloo. My thesis project staged an encounter between contemporary postsecular epistemologies and dissenting groups in the seventeenth century Dutch Enlightenment, particularly the Collegiants and their Mennonite members. My supervisor was social historian Troy Osborne, who works on Dutch Mennonite history, and a revised extract of my thesis is published in the September 2017 issue of Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses.

Throughout both my undergraduate and masters degrees I have also been working concurrently on a research project on ontology and identity, drawing exclusively on texts from the tradition of Continental Philosophy. I pursued some of this project through my coursework, but most of it on my own time, and most recently the project has culminated in an article called “Identity, Ontology, and the Two,” published in early 2017 in the journal Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender, and Culture, edited by Katerina Kolozova.

My proposed dissertation project is on violence and epistemology, and in it I hope to engage the works of both pacifist theologians and continental philosophers in an attempt to show how the critique of epistemological violence has significant resonances cross the naturalized divide between secularity and religion. I see the critique of epistemological violence as a postsecular opportunity, and I explore some of these themes in an exploratory article called “Critique of Metaphysical Violence,” published online-first in Dialogue in late 2017.

My research on the connection between Mennonite peace church theology and philosophy is summarized in an article in the July 2017 issue of the Mennonite Quarterly Review, and I presented a further extension of this work at the Humanitas conference on Anabaptist Theology and Method. In a Communio Circle event on November 4th 2017 I extended some of this work on Mennonites and metaphysics while engaging with the work of William Cavanaugh, and most recently my edition of an early example of Mennonite philosophical theology – Robert Friedmann’s Design for Living – has been published by Wipf and Stock. I am also interested in publishing, and I manage the very small Zwickau Press, which has released three titles by fellow graduate students who also study Mennonite theology, philosophy, and their intersection.

 

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