Kathryn Reklis

Research Fellow kathryn.reklis@gmail.com

Kathryn Reklis is Assistant Professor of Modern Protestant Theology at Fordham University in New York City. She holds a PhD in religious studies from Yale University, where she concentrated in historical and constructive Christian theology. Her first book, Theology and the Kinesthetic Imagination: Jonathan Edwards and the Making of Modernity, explores the intersection of theology and performance studies to investigate the role of the body, desire, and beauty as sources for theological knowledge in the making of modernity. The project engages the colonial puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards and his writings about ecstatic bodily experience of the divine. Through this work she has fallen in love with the eighteenth century and the invention of global gossip culture made possible by a great communications revolution in daily newspapers and widespread pamphlets.

Her love of old "new media" feeds her fascination with our own communications revolution, from blog culture to social networking. She is the co-founder of The Moth Chase, a blog on pop culture, gender, religion, and other big questions of life; an erstwhile contributor to the Imminent Frame; and a regular contributor to the "On Media" column at The Christian Century. As an avid user, consumer, and student of new media, she is always trying to figure out how these forms of communication shape our search for community, authenticity, and meaning.

She is also Co-Director of the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, where she served as Director of Theological Initiatives and Senior Adviser to the President from 2008-2011.


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