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Eric Daryl Meyer

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Education:

Fordham University, Bronx. New York, 2014.

Ph.D. in Systematic Theology; Dissertation: “Theological Anthropology, Human Animality, and the Human-Animal Distinction: A Constitutive Knot in Ecological Degradation.”

M.Phil. in Theology, 2011.

Regent College; Vancouver, British Columbia, 2008.

M.A. in Theology (with distinction); Thesis: “Without Knowing Good and Evil: The Moral Epistemology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”

Westmont College; Santa Barbara, California, 2003.

B.A. Philosophy (honors), Religious Studies; Magna Cum Laude

 

Academic Appointments:

Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow, Loyola Marymount University, Department of Theological Studies (2015-present)

 

Publications:

Under Review/In Press/In preparation:

Animality: A Theological Reconsideration (book manuscript under review with Fordham University Press)

“The Political Ecology of Dignity: Human Dignity and the Inevitable Returns of Animality.” (article under review with Modern Theology)

“Democracy without Humanity: Toward a Political Theology of Creaturely Life,” (article in preparation for special issue of Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory; expected Winter 2017).

 

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters:

“The Logos of God and the End of Man: Animality as Light and Life,” in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology, ed. Stephen Moore, 146-60. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.

“Jacques Derrida, Gregory of Nyssa and the Human-Animal Distinction in the Song of Songs,” in The Bible and Posthumanism, ed. Jennifer Koosed, 199-223. Vol. 74, Semeia Studies. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

“’Marvel at the intelligence of unthinking creatures!’: Animal Subjectivity and Religious Perfection in Gregory of Nazianzus and Evagrius of Pontus,” in Animals as Religious Subjects, eds. Celia Deane-Drummond, David Clough, and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser, 191-207. London: T & T Clark, 2013.

“Gregory of Nyssa on Language, Naming God’s Creatures, and the Desire of the Discursive Animal,” in Genesis and Christian Theology, ed. Nathan MacDonald, Mark Elliot, and Grant Macaskill, 103-16. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

“Incarnation and Omnipresence: Hopkins, Scotus, Particularity and Pantheism,” Hopkins Quarterly 34, no. 3-4 (2007): 102-16.

 

Non-Refereed Publications:

“They Fell Silent when We Stopped Listening: Apophatic Theology and ‘Asking the Beasts’,” in Turning to the Heavens and the Earth: Theological Insights into Hope, Wisdom, and Creativity for Life on Planet Earth, Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson, eds. Julia Brumbaugh and Natalia Imperatori-Lee, 26-44. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.

 

Encyclopedia Articles:

“Animals in the Western Religions,” Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO, forthcoming.

“Birds,” and “Deer,” in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming.

 

Reviews:

Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering, ed. James Keating and Thomas Joseph White O.P. The Heythrop Journal 56, no. 1 (2015): 148-50.

Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals, ed. Celia Deane-Drummond and David Clough, Reviews in Religion and Theology, 18, no. 3 (2011): 437-40.

Everyone Who Acts Responsibly Becomes Guilty: Bonhoeffer’s Concept of Accepting Guilt, by Christine Schliesser. Reviews in Religion and Theology 16, no. 4 (2009): 608-10.

Philosophy After Objectivity, by Paul K. Moser. Dialogue 46, no. 1 (2003): 45-46.

 

Conference Presentations:

“Anthropomorphism and Eduardo Kohn’s Transpecies Pidgins,” at the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio. November 19-22, 2016.

“Political Ecology in Basil of Caesarea’s Homilies on the Hexaemeron,” at North American Patristics Society, Chicago. May 26-28, 2016.

“Rethinking the End of the Animal: On the Eschatological Politics of Human Exceptionalism,” at The Human Difference?, Oxford, UK. July 22-25, 2015.

“Democracy without Humanity: Toward a Political Theology of Creaturely Life,” at Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?, Liverpool, UK. July 10-12, 2015.

“Is there a Beast in the Sovereign?: On Derrida’s Critique of Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer,” at Derrida Today Conference, New York. May 28-31, 2014.

“Fallen Humanity and Sovereign Difference: Agamben and Derrida among Eden’s Creatures,” at the Animals and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore. November, 22-26, 2013.

“Humanity, Animality, and Identity in Evagrius of Pontus,” at North American Patristics Society, Chicago. May 23-25, 2013.

“Holy Light, Sacred Life: Animality in Gregory of Nazianzus’ 39th Oration,” at North American Patristics Society, Chicago. May 24-26, 2012.

“The Logos of God and the End of Man: Animality as Light and Life,” at Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology (2011 Drew Transdisciplinary Theology Conference), Drew University. September 30, 2011.

“‘Marvel at the intelligence of unthinking creatures!’: Animal Subjectivity and Religious Perfection in Gregory of Nazianzus and Nemesius of Emesa,” at Animals as Religious Subjects, Chester, UK. May 21-24, 2011.

“Animals as Religious Exemplars: Contemplative Rationality and Animal Instinct in Gregory of Nazianzus and Nemesius of Emesa,” at the Eastern International Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Syracuse University. May 6-7, 2011.

“Jacques Derrida, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Human-Animal Distinction in the Song of Songs,” at the Animals and Religion Consultation of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta. November 2010.

“Gregory of Nyssa’s Bodies: Human, Animal, and Celestial,” at North American Patristics Society, Chicago. May 27-29, 2010.

“Naming God’s Creatures: Gregory of Nyssa on Genesis 2:19-20 and Being Human,” at Genesis and Christian Theology, St. Andrews, Scotland. July 14-18, 2009.

“Incarnation and Omnipresence: Hopkins, Scotus, Particularity, and Pantheism,” at the 2007 Spring Hopkins Conference, Regis University, Denver. March 25-26, 2007.

 

Non-Refereed Talks and Panels:

“Elizabeth A. Johnson: An Eco-Theological Conversation on Creation, Cosmos, and Care.” With Catherine Keller, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Cynthia Rigby and Austin Roberts. American Academy of Religion, San Antonio. November 19-22, 2016.

“God at Play in All Creatures: Los Angeles Hindu-Catholic Dialogue.” Response to Daniel Scheid. Loyola Marymount University. April 14, 2016.

“Christians and Other Animals: Moving the Conversation Forward.” With Peter Singer, David Clough, Rusty Reno. Fordham University. November 16, 2012.

Avatar and Ecological Theology.” With Elizabeth Johnson and Monica Schaap Pierce. Fordham University. February 25, 2010.

 

Teaching:

“Humans, Animals, and Nature: Ecologies of Religion,” Loyola Marymount University, Spring 2017.

“God and the Human Experience,” Loyola Marymount University, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016.

“Exploring the Catholic Theological Tradition,” Loyola Marymount University, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017; (2 sections in each semester listed).

“Faith and Critical Reason,” Eloquentia Perfecta designation. Fordham University, Fall 2012. Reduced class size with additional emphasis on oral and written communication skills.

“Faith and Critical Reason,” Fordham University, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013.

“Early Christian Writings,” Fordham University, Fall 2011.

 

(Teaching Assistant) “Faith and Critical Reason,” Fordham University, Spring 2010; Dr. J. Patrick Hornbeck II.

 

(Teaching Assistant) “Augustine, Aquinas, Luther,” Fordham University, Fall 2009; Dr. Franklin Harkins.

 

Academic and University Service:

Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Conversations in Theology, Loyola Marymount University, 2016-2017.

Ad hoc peer review for Modern Believing

Vice-Chair, Fordham University Theological Graduate Student Association, 2011-2012.

Colloquium Director, Fordham University Theological Graduate Student Association, 2010-2011.

Constitution Draft Committee, Fordham University Theological Graduate Student Association, September-October 2009.

 

Academic Honors, Awards, Grants, and Scholarships:

Fr. James R. Fredericks Fellowship in Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University. ($6000 for collaborative research, split between faculty mentor and undergraduate major, 2016-2017)

Fordham University Alumni Dissertation Fellowship (2013-14)

Fordham University Travel Support Grant (Summer 2009)

Fordham University Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2009)

Fordham University Presidential Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship (2008-2014).

Regent College Theology Award – Outstanding Graduate 2008.

Westmont College Philosophy Department – Outstanding Graduate 2003.

Phi Sigma Tau – Philosophy Honor Society (2000).

Westmont College Presidential Scholarship.

 

Research Languages:

Ancient Greek, Latin, German, French, Spanish, Biblical Hebrew.

  

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Religion

Catholic Theological Society of America

North American Patristics Society

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