Theologian Agnes Brazal to Give Graff Lecture

Written by Laura Paskin
October 14, 2013

Agnes Brazal, director of the Office for Research and Publications and coordinator of the graduate program at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines, presents the Ann O’Hara Graff lecture on January 13, 2014. She will speak on "Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ."

“Cyberexclusion and cyberviolence challenge the notion of those who exalt the internet as bodiless,” she said.

In her presentation, Brazal explores an alternative “embodied” view of the virtual/cyberspace, rearticulates the concept of the Body of Christ from this perspective, and elaborates on the challenge of solidarity in the (cyber-) Body of Christ in relation to the politics of exclusion and violence on the Net.

Brazal is a prolific writer and editor. Her book “Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity” is due out in 2014. Previous publications include Transformative Theological Ethics: East Asian Contexts (University of Hawaii Press, 2010), Faith on the Move: Toward a Theology of Migration in Asia (University of Hawaii Press 2008, ) and Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Reflections of Women in Asia (Ateneo de Manilla University Press, 2007).  She serves on the editorial boards of Asian Christian Review and Budh and Asian Christian Review.

The O’Hara Graff lecture takes place on January 13, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium on the Seattle University Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture Series honors the memory of Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ann O’Hara Graff, known for her commitment to the vitality of the Church, the role of women in Catholicism, and diversity issues. The series is sponsored annually by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The 2014 lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master’s degrees.