Meredith Minister

Meredith Minister, Assistant Professor of Religion, Shenandoah University. Grew up on a dairy farm in Western Kentucky and tries not to think about the components of her life that contributed to the development of stage IV colon cancer at 33 (but finds herself dwelling on it sometimes – the glyphosate or the Vienna sausages?). She is the author of Rape Culture on Campus (Lexington, 2018) and Trinitarian Theology and Power Relations: God Embodied (Palgrave, 2014) and the coeditor (with Sarah Bloesch) of Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods (Bloomsbury, 2018) and The Bloomsbury Reader in Cultural Approaches to the Study of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2018). She’s currently compiling an edited volume with Rhiannon Graybill and Beatrice Lawrence (both of whom she met at the Wabash Pre-Tenure Workshop) Rape Culture and Religious Studies: Critical and Pedagogical Engagements (Lexington) and thinking about futurity, death, and what we can learn from aliens.

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I ask students to laugh at death with me. Rather than treating death as off-limits or something that must be approached with absolute solemnity, I ask students to laugh. And when I make jokes about death and they stare at me with horror, I remind them that it’s ok ...

While there are moments in the classroom in which trauma prevents learning, to suggest that a traumatized student cannot learn turns the classroom into a space that privileges students who are protected from trauma as a result of being rich, white, male, and heterosexual. Accommodating traumatized students is not just ...

When I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, everything seemed to cave in on my body as questions narrowed: first, what to take out via surgery, then what to put in via chemotherapy and food, and eventually, to possible internal causes due to genetic flaws. Although everything and everyone ...

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