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#25: Trauma

Monday, April 6, 2015

Since its inception, psychology has struggled with understanding and treating trauma. Freud was one of the first to become particularly interested in trauma in the wake of World War I, observing the psychological illness present in veterans returning home. The overwhelming experiences of intense dread and horror the soldiers endured created invisible scars, and he […]

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Failure, Queer Children, and the Kingdom of God

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This essay draws on Judith Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure to discuss the relationship between queerness and children.

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The Spirit’s Witness: An Interview with Shelly Rambo

Monday, August 31, 2015

Christian theologies of suffering often move too quickly to redemption, but in this interview with Shelly Rambo, she advocates a theology that remains in the ambiguous middle space between life and death, bearing witness to how trauma lingers in human experience.

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Failure: A Theological Account

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The best – or perhaps only – way for theology to be itself is to fail.

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Shadow Feminism as Salvation: Perpetua and Queer Negativity

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

According to Julian Forth, feminist queer negativity helps us rethink salvation in the martyrdom of Perpetua.

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Who Can Forget? Halberstam’s Critique of Memory in Ferguson

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

While Halberstam’s articulation of the concept of “queer forgetfulness” is rich and widely applicable, we may not want to be too quick to assume that forgetfulness can function as a normative concept. In respect to economically marginalized groups, such as African Americans in the United States, forgetting and forming the new kinds of queer kinship bonds Halberstam speaks about may simply be impossible. Within certain minority groups family bonds and the memory of the past may well be necessary for survival and act as the material through which creative transformation of the past emerges.

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