Emma CW Ceruti received her MA in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 2016. Under the supervision of Professor James Cone, she examined theological anthropology from the perspective of disability within her MA thesis entitled “A Discourse on imago Dei and Intellectual Disability.” She is now working on a PhD in Theological Studies at Emmanuel College within the Toronto School of Theology.
Currently in the dissertation stage, her doctoral thesis entitled, “Doing and Undoing Disability Theology: A Mystical-Liberative Approach to the Cross,” argues for a mutual reinterpretation of disability and the cross, one which reveals the salvific paradox of Christ as God suffering with us and God suffering for us. This mutual reinterpretation involves a dialectical interplay where the correlates of disability and the cross offer new understandings of suffering and salvation. Furthermore, this mutual reinterpretation acts as a mediating project between a typology of various models of Jesus Christ and bridges the gap between a wide spectrum of atonement theories. Drawing from various fields including queer-crip theory, critical disability studies, feminist philosophy, and Indigenous studies, this research project hopes to expand the conversation within the field of disability theology in intersectional ways by questioning the creation of value and meaning making. For the October Scholars Forum, Emma will present a selection from her thesis proposal.
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