Susan Wright, M.A. a member of Theology & Peace since 2007, has served on its organizing committee and the Board or Directors 2013-present. She was president of Theology & Peace from 2015 to 2018. In 2018 she was elected to the board of COV&R (The Colloquium on Violence & Religion), which she first attended in 2000.
Susan studied theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (1999-2001) where she was recipient of the Charles Bound Fellowship (1999-2001), an Episcopal Evangelism Society Grant, and the Booker Fellowship (1999-2001). She received her MA in Theology from Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary (2008) and was selected a Junior Scholar (2009) by Imitatio, which also provided a grant for her blog, NoOutcasts. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology.
Susan , whose work joins Mimetic Theory with pop-culture, comics, postmodern theology, the Midrash, and ANE Wisdom Literature, has written for a number of websites: including patheos.com. Her blogs include Girard & Comics, which reads comics through Mimetic Theory and NoOutcasts, 2007-2011, an Episcopal lectionary blog directed at the un-churched and young adults, which explored the bible and pop-culture through the thought of René Girard and postmodernist thinkers, John Caputo and Jacques Derrida. From 2007-2011 she hosted Pub(lic) Spirituality, a pub gathering in downtown Syracuse, NY.
Prior to pursuing academic work she was active in social and economic justice projects in her local community, including managing the Syracuse Real Food Cooperative, founding the Westcott Community Development Corporation, and serving on the board of CommonWorks, a federation of local cooperatives dedicated to establishing a just economy.
She is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Syracuse, NY where she has served on the vestry, convened the faith formation program, and directed the children’s faith formation program. She’s a member of the organizing committee for World InterFaith Harmony Assembly of Central New York.
She and her husband, Kenneth Frieden, B. G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies at Syracuse University, live in Syracuse, NY with her youngest daughter Anna.
- “Derrida,” René Girard and the Western Philosophical Tradition, edited by George Dunn and Sherwood Belangia, Michigan University Press.
Her current research/writing projects include:
- Jesus, Midrash, and Manna: John’s Textual Response to the Problem of Violence;
- Wisdom’s Travail: The Disfiguration of the Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom Tradition (dissertation proposal)
- Zombies, Mimesis, and Deconstruction: the Role of Zombies in an Age of Indifference.
Papers and Presentations:
- “Respect for the Law in an Age of the Escalation to Extremes,” given at Colloquium on Violence & Religion, Regis University, Denver, 2018.
- “Derrida on Forgiveness,” given at Colloquium on Violence & Religion, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, 2017.
- “Wisdom’s Travail: The Emergence of ANE Royal Ideology and the Mystification of the Anthropological Sources of Violence,” given at Colloquium on Violence & Religion, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, 2017.
- “Why Zombies? An Examination of Our Collective Fascination with Zombies,” given at Tribute to René Girard, Saint Paul University, Ottawa (2016).
- “Rekindling a Sacrificial Crisis in the Eucharist: John’s Midrashic Reversal of the Manna Metaphors in the Bread of Life Discourse,” given at the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2016).
- “The Return of the Sacrificial King: A Ghost in the Mass Killing Machines of the 20th Century,” given at the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, St. Louis University, (2015).
- “The Epoché of Desire and The Instant of Death,” given at the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, University of Northern Iowa (2013).
- “Rekindling a Sacrificial Crisis in the Eucharist: John’s Homiletic Deconstruction of the “Manna” Metaphors in the Bread of Life Discourse,” given at The Subverting the Norm Conference, Drury University (2013).
- “Superheroes, Mimesis and the Gospel,” given at the Theology & Peace Conference, The University of Notre Dame in Maryland (2012).
- “This Island is Haunted: A Response to René Girard’s Apocalyptic Pessimism in Battling to the End,” given at the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, Salina, Italy (2011).
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