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Jacob Erickson
Assistant Professor, Loyola Institute

Biography

Jacob J. Erickson previously taught Religion and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and was "Ecotheologian in Residence" at Mercy Seat Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. His work as a constructive theologian writes within the creative interdisciplinary fields of environmental humanities, Religion and Ecology, and ecotheology. He's a contributor to six academic books of theology, The Huffington Post, and Religion Dispatches. Alongside theologian Marion Grau, Erickson co-chairs the "Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction" section of the American Academy of Religion. His 2015 Religion Dispatches piece on Pope Francis' "climate encyclical" won the Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jacob J. Erickson, Planetary Intimacies: Divine Flesh and Queer Ecopolitics in the Anthropocene, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Jacob J. Erickson, Ghost Species: The Haunting of Inner Animalities, An Und Fur Sich, 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Jacob J. Erickson, Toxic Creativity, Deep Time, and Moral Pleasure: An Ecospirituality of Technology, Concilium, 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Jacob J. Erickson, Being an Environmentalist in a Time of Despair: A Counterpoint Conversation, Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes; International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (ISSRNC), Cork, Ireland, June 13-16, 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Jacob J. Erickson, A Gentle Reminder of the Earth: Sensual Theopoetics in Deep Time and the Expanded Present, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, USA, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Jacob J. Erickson, On the Perpetual Desire for Oil: Apophatic Excess, Toxic Creativity, and a Spirituality of Prospective Failure, Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes; International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (ISSRNC), Cork, Ireland, June 13-16, 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Religions (Special Issue), Verdant: Knowing Plants, Planted Relations, Religion in Place, 9(11), (2018), Jacob J. Erickson and Lisa Dahill, [eds.] Journal, 2018

Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Wiley Blackwell, [eds.], 2018 Editorial Board, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Book Review of Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, Review of Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, by Lisa E. Dahill and James B. Martin-Schramm , Worldviews, 22, (3), 2018, p289-291 (3) Review, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Laughing at the Anthropocene: De-Fanging Environmental Despair, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 18-21, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Whispering Forests, Sacred Groves: Welcome to Night Vale's Abominable New Animism, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 17th - 20th, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Promiscuous Vines: On the Queer Emergence of a Theological Botany, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 18-21, 2017, pp1-15 Conference Paper, 2017

Jacob J. Erickson and Marion Grau, Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit of the American Academy of Religion, November 18-21, In:AAR, 2017, Boston Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2017

"Irreverent Theology: On the Queer Ecology of Creation" in, editor(s)Whitney A. Bauman , Meaningful Flesh: Reflections on Religion and Nature for a Queer Planet., Punctum Books, 2017, pp55 - 80, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2017

Jacob J. Erickson, Atmospheric Flesh, Syndicate, (February), 2017, p1-4, 41-49 Journal Article, 2017 URL

"Tools for Religious Conviviality: Ivan Illich, Process Thought, and Political Ecology on a Multireligious Planet." in, editor(s)Santiago Slabodsky and Roland Faber , Living Traditions and Universal Conviviality: Prospects and Challenges for Peace in Multireligious Communities, Lanham, MD, Lexington Books, 2016, pp183 - 196, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2016

"Theophanic Materiality: Political Ecology, Inhuman Touch, and the Art of Andy Goldsworthy" in, editor(s)Catherine Keller and Mary-Jane Rubenstein , Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, Materiality, New York, Fordham University Press, 2016, pp203 - 220, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2016

"Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis' Faithful Ecology" in, editor(s)John B. Cobb, Jr., and Ignacio Castuera , For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato si', Anoka, MN, Process Century Press, 2015, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2015

"Doxological Diversities and Canticle Multiplicities: The Trinitarian Anthropologies of David H. Kelsey and Ivone Gebara" in, editor(s)Wesley Ariarajah and Chris Boesel , Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities and the Nature of Relation, New York, Fordham University Press, 2014, pp175 - 192, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2014

"The Apophatic Animal: Towards a Negative Zootheological Imago Dei" in, editor(s)Stephen Moore , Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology, New York, Fordham University Press, 2014, pp88 - 99, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2014

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jacob J. Erickson, Social Media for Academics/Researchers, Trinity Long Room Hub, April 1st, 2019 Invited Talk, 2019

Jacob J. .Erickson, Queer Identity and Religion: Enemies or Strange Bedfellows?, Identity Politics and Memory Contests, Trinity Long Room Hub, February 5th, 2019, Identities in Transformation Theme Invited Talk, 2019

Jacob J. Erickson, Encountering the Other: Lutheran Theology, Religious Ministry Formation Programme - Loreto House, March 14th, 2019 Invited Talk, 2019

Jacob J. Erickson, "Who Speaks for Christianity and Islam?", UCC - Cork, April 9th, 2018, Study of Religions - School of Asian Studies, in Cooperation with UCC LGBT Staff Network and Cork's Three Faiths Forum Invited Talk, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Faith & Sexuality, Launch of Dublin Pride, Dublin - City Council, June, 2018, Dublin Pride Invited Talk, 2018

Jacob Erickson, Feminist Theology and Theopoetics, Saint Olaf College, 4-1, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Behind the Headlines: Trump's America, 60 Days In, Trinity Long Room Hub, March 20th, 2017, Trinity Long Room Hub Invited Talk, 2017

Research Expertise

Keywords

Animal Ethics; Climate Change; Critical theory and Theology; Ecological Theology; ecotheology; Elephants; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Humanities; global warming; land art; Lutheranism; political ecology; poststructuralism; Queer Theory; Religion; religion and science; Religion, Gender, and Sexuality; Sexuality; Theology; Theology

Recognition

Representations

Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Co-Chair 2014 - present

Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit, American Academy of Religion, Steering Committee Member 2018 - Present

Awards and Honours

Wilbur Award - Religion Communicators Council April 2016

Memberships

American Academy of Religion (Chair of the Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit; Member of the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit)

European Forum for the study of Religion and the Environment

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture