Spring 2015 Seminar Papers

Seminar Papers are the basis for the discussions in the academic sessions of the Westar Institute national meeting. They will not be presented orally at the event. Persons wishing to follow the discussions should read the papers in advance. PDFs of the Spring 2015 seminar papers appear below. All papers are now posted. There is no charge for the PDFs, but there is a $25 charge for those who want a hard copy mailed to them. Order a hard copy of papers ($25)

Full set of seminar papers (PDF, 2 mb)

Table of Contents (PDF, 78 kb)

Christianity Seminar

Daniel-Hughes, Carly. "Producing and Contesting Martyrdom in Pre-Decian Roman North Africa" (PDF, 333 kb)

Elliott, Susan (Elli). "Gladiators and Martyrs: Icons in the Arena" (PDF, 459 kb)

Kotrosits, Maia. "Sovereignty in Ruins: the Death of Ignatius and Ecologies of Destruction" (PDF, 246 kb)

Scott, Bernard Brandon. "Jesus the Martyr (Rom 3:21–26)" (PDF, 217 kb)

Taussig, Hal. "What Do Fiction, Mass Crucifixions and Killer Seals Add Up To?: Summarizing the Break-Throughs in Martyrdom Scholarship Since 1990" (PDF, 249 kb)

Seminar on God and the Human Future

Bessler, Joseph. "Moving Words: Theology and the Performance of Proposing." 

Caputo, John D. "A Short Précis of The Weakness of God and The Insistence of God."

Copyright Notice

Seminar papers are works in progress that often undergo changes and extensive editing before appearing in formal publications at a later date. Do not reproduce, distribute, or cite without the author’s permission. All papers remain copyrighted © by their authors.