Stretchy Flesh: Theological Anthropology for Digital Humans

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Tuesday 26 February

4.30pm - 6pm

SAB003, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, SO22 4NR

Stretchy Flesh: Theological Anthropology for Digital Humans - Dr Karen O’Donnell (Sarum College, Salisbury)

What does it mean to be human in the digital age? What are the limits of our flesh when it comes to machines, the internet, and digital technology? Why do these questions matter to a theologian? In this paper, I propose a stretchy flesh that is porous; this flesh enters into the digital space and is, in turn, penetrated by technology and the internet. Given the significance of flesh (sarx) in Christian literature, I explore the implications of this stretchy fleshly constructive theology for Christian doctrine and practice.

Dr Karen O’Donnell is a Research Fellow in Digital Theology at the CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology, Durham University. From January 2019 she will be Co-ordinator of the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality at Sarum College, Salisbury. Her first monograph Broken Bodies: The Eucharist, Mary, and the Body in Trauma Theology was published in December 2018 by SCM Press. She is currently working on a monograph on Digital Theology as Constructive Theology for publication with Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

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