Lilith C. Acadia

Dissertation Title

The Justificatory Power of Religious Pretext

Research Interests

discourses of religion, religion in science fiction, feminist epistemology, and queer theory


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Reinterpreting the terms ‘religion’ and ‘pretext,’ then reading those conceptions through 20th Century North American science fiction, my dissertation reveals and contests how theological and ethical discourses utilize the modern construction of ‘religion’ as a pretext for violence. As a Graduate Student Instructor, I have taught courses on the philosophy of love, composition as performance, and the rhetoric of social movements. After graduating from Smith College, I held a Research Fulbright in Germany, received a graduate diploma in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, and earned an M.St. in … read more