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Wednesday, June 17 • 11:15am - 11:45am
Documenting and Describing the Transcultural: Qualitative Research in Theological Communication

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Ethnographic and other qualitative methodological approaches have become increasingly important for theological research, as lived theology and ecclesiological practices are recognized as being a relevant part of the information ecosystem contributing to systematic theological inquiry. These new approaches require attention to how field research in theology is documented and described. This think & learn session will discuss research arising from the University of Bonn symposium “What Does Theology Do, Actually?: Observing Systematic Theology and the Transcultural.”
Dr. Evan Kuehn (North Park) will discuss the transculturality of theological research, and the relevance of qualitative and ethnographic approaches to global theological research for theological librarianship. Hadje Sadje (Leuven) will share about his research on the political theology latent in the practices of Oneness Pentecostal congregations in the Philippines and the role that documentation and description play in this research. Dr. Matthew Ryan Robinson (Bonn) will discuss the nature of non-textual theological artifacts by focusing on three case studies: a painting from Ethiopia, a devotional cross from the Philippines, and a tweet, as objects that present challenges and opportunities for extracting, coding, and analysis.

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Evan Kuehn

Assistant Professor of Information Literacy, North Park University - Brandel Library
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Hadje Sadje

Volunteer Faculty; School of Global Studies and Human Rights Studies, Foundation Academy of Amsterdam The Netherlands
Hadje Cresencio Sadje is an associate member of the SOAS Center for Palestine Studies, University of London, UK. In 2016, Mr. Sadje obtained his MA in Crosscultural Theology degree at the Protestant Theological University, The Netherlands. He is currently a graduate student (specializing... Read More →
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Matthew Robinson

Research Associate in Practical Theology, University of Bonn

Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am CDT
Zoom Room 1