Recent Department News
Maria Antonaccio’s book A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch was recently published by Oxford University Press. Her current research focuses on contemporary expressions and appropriations of ascetic discourse and practice, as well as issues related to the ethics of consumption. She presented ethical issues in regard to bottled water during a recent Bucknell Conference entitled “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
Brantley Gasaway is working on a monograph in progress, An Alternative Soul of Politics: The Rise of Contemporary Progressive Evangelicalism. He recently performed archival research in North Carolina.
Paul MacDonald is working on his third book manuscript concerning critical theology at the secular university; he was awarded a grant by the Earhart Foundation, which he will support research during his sabbatical. He presented theological issues in regard to Baptism during a recent Bucknell Conference entitled “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
Karline McClain is working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled The Afterlife of Shirdi Sai Baba: The Growth of a New Religious Movement in India, which will examine not only the religious legacy of this Indian “saint” as expressed in a range of devotional materials (photographs, posters, songs and films), but also how Shirdi Sai Baba has been understood and why his popularity has grown throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.; she received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, which will support research during her sabbatical. At Bucknell University she will hold the National Endowment Chair in the Humanities for three years.
Bucknell's Fulbright Scholar in Sephardic/Mizrahi Jewish Studies, Zvi Stampfer, PhD the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, joined our faculty for one year and performed research in regard to Geniza fragments (from medieval Cairo, Egypt) in Judaeo-Arabic. At Bucknell he taught two courses and a faculty colloquium on Judaism and Islam as well as Sexuality in Judaism and Islam. He presented a lecture "Islam and Judaism in the Geniza fragments." He presented on “Water in Islam” during a recent Bucknell Conference entitled “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” While at Bucknell he was appointed editor of the annual publication "Ginze Qedem" (Israel) and he presented lectures in Madrid, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and other institutions.
Rivka Ulmer was honored in a Society of Biblical Literature session dedicated to a discussion of her book Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash. Together with Lieve Teugels she edited Midrash and the Exegetical Mind. She presented on Israel’s water management during a recent Bucknell Conference entitled “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Recently, she participated in a colloquium and presented on “Isaiah in Pesiqta de Rav Kahana and Pesiqta Rabbati” at the University of Goettingen (Germany). She continues to serve as Chair of Judaica, International Society of Biblical Literature, and after a hiatus of several years she resumed co-chairing the Midrash section, Society of Biblical Literature.
Carol Wayne White’s scholarly works pertains to philosophy of religion, process theology and philosophy, poststructuralist and feminist philosophies, critical theory and religion, religious naturalism, science and religion. She has been appointed co-chair of the Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection group of the AAR. She presented “Religious Naturalism and Water” during a recent Bucknell Conference entitled ‘Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
Stuart Young is working on a research project entitled: “Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China.” This project explores how medieval Chinese Buddhists understood the history and practice of Buddhism in ancient India, and how this understanding influenced Chinese attempts to propagate Buddhism locally. Professor Young will focus on Chinese hagiographies of the Indian Buddhist patriarchs Aśvaghoṣa, Nāgārjuna, and Āryadeva.