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Track 4: Rethinking “Sexuality”
Traditionally serving societal lineage and inheritance, with women’s non-reproductive sexual activity repressed, “sexuality” is understood today as a contribution to full self-expression and enjoyment. Whiteheadian thought offers ways to deconstruct “sexuality,” reframing ideas of eros, friendship, sexual relationships, and sexual identities, while making apparent the promises and pitfalls of the modern eroticized body in terms of violence, morality & religion.
Gianluigi Gugliermetto has studied philosophy and theology in Italy and the United States, where he also taught for a few years at Woodbury University. He has published essays on North-American theology and interreligious dialogue. In 2008 he received his Ph.D. in theology from Claremont Graduate University. He works mostly in Systematic Theology and understands his profession as that of one who helps Christian communities to develop a critical reflection and a deepened approach to their own tradition. His present research topics include: desire/eros in Christianity, feminist theology, asceticism and mysticism in relation to masculinity. He belongs to the Episcopal Church (TEC). He has also served as a Visiting Scholar at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.