Essentialism: Adventism and Questions of Race and Gender

October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment


Join us for our fourth annual symposium as we consider the issue of essentialism and its implications for questions of race and gender.

Dates: November 21-22, 2013

Location: University of Baltimore, MD (William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center (Room BC003), 11 W. Mt. Royal Avenue)

Keynote address: George Yancy (Duquesne University)


November 21, 2013 
8:30am – Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:30am – Session 1: Race

“Adventist Philosophy of Race and John Harvey Kellogg”
– Aleksandar S. Santrac (University of the Southern Caribbean)

“Tracing the Story of Race in the Story of Faith”
– Matthew Burdette (University of Aberdeen)

10:30-12:00pm – Session 2: Gender

“Conceptualizing and Performing Gender”
– Trisha Famisaran (La Sierra University)

“Judith Butler and E.G. White on Sex, Gender, and Personal Identity”
– Hans Gutierrez (Italian Adventist College)

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-3:00pm – Session 3: Ways Forward? 

“Do it Yourself: Epistemic Humility, Hermeneutics, and the Problem of Race”
– Timothy J. Golden (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

“Communion With Difference”
– Daryll Ward (Kettering College of Medical Arts)

3:00-5:00pm – Session 4

“Speaking From Behind the Veil: Whiteness as Anti-Theological”
– George Yancy (Duquesne University)

Response: G. Russell Seay (Oakwood University)

5:30pm – Dinner followed by casual after dinner discussion of papers

November 22, 2013

3:30pm – Business meeting*

*Meeting will take place at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Whitehall Ballroom South.

Registration: Please register by e-mailing The registration fee is $50 for non-society members and $25 for members. Payments can be made here or at the conference, but please register by sending us an e-mail. (Space is limited and priority will be given to society members.) The fee is waived for conference presenters and those who have already made a contribution to the organization of the conference.

Accommodations: Conference participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, and transportation.

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