Ph.D., Boston College, anticipated spring 2014
M.T.S, Boston University School of Theology, 2009
B.F.A, Bard College, 1998
Emma O’Donnell is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Theology at Boston College, focusing on Jewish-Christian comparative theology. Her research interests include liturgical studies, aesthetics, theologies of time, collective memory, and methodological development in interreligious studies. In her work, she investigates interreligious encounter through studies of ways that ritual performance, religious narrative, and the cultural, symbolic structures of tradition shape subjectivity and understanding.
Her dissertation, The Liturgical Transformation of Time: Memory and Eschatological Anticipation in Christian and Jewish Liturgy, situates a phenomenological study of the perception of time within the discipline of comparative theology. Through an examination of the formative influence of religious tradition on the experience of time, it proposes that the temporal narratives of Judaism and Christianity engender a transformed experience of time in liturgical performance.
Emma was named a Coolidge Fellow in 2011, and participated in the 2011 Crosscurrents Research Colloquium, Explorations at the Intersection of Religious Pluralism and Jewish-Christian Dialogue.
Article in Refereed Book: “Sacred Time as Sacred Space: The Spaces of Memory and Anticipation in Christianity and Judaism.” In Contested Spaces, Common Ground? Edited by Oddbjørn Birger Leirvik , Lidia Rodriguez, and Ulrich Winkler. Currents of Encounter: Studies on the Contact between Christianity and Other Religions, Beliefs, and Cultures. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2013 (forthcoming).
Refereed Journal Article: “Psalmic Recitation as a Performance of Memory and Hope in Jewish and Christian Prayer.” In The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, Vol. 12,
Refereed Journal Article: “Embodying Tradition: Liturgical Performance as a Site for Interreligious Learning.” In CrossCurrents, Vol. 62, Issue 3 (September 2012): 371-380.
Conference Paper: “Sacred Time as Sacred Space: The Spaces of Memory and Anticipation in Christianity and Judaism,” European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies, Bilbao, SPAIN, April, 2013.
Panel Presentation: Concluding Round Table Discussion, Corcoran Chair Conference: The Psalter in Words, Art and Music, Boston College, April, 2013.
Conference Paper: “Psalmic Recitation as a Performance of Memory and Hope in Jewish and Christian Prayer,” American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Region, Baltimore, MD, March, 2013.
Panel Response: “Teaching Theology and Methodological Approaches,” Engaging Particularities XI: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Theology of Religions, Interreligious Dialogue, and Missiology, Boston College, March, 2013.
Conference Paper: “Embodying Tradition: Liturgical Performance as a Site for Interreligious Learning,” Understanding Religious Pluralism, Georgetown University, May, 2012.
Conference Paper: “In Every Generation: Memory and Time in the Passover Haggadah.” Lumen et Vita Symposium, Boston College, April, 2011.
Conference Paper: “Midrashic Methodology and Christian Exegesis: The Potentials and Challenges of Inter-Religious Methodological Exchange,” Engaging Particularities IX: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Theology of Religions, Interreligious Dialogue, and Missiology, Boston College, March, 2011.
The Religious Quest I & II: Judaism and Christianity, Fall 2013/Spring 2014.
Religious Quest I & II: Hinduism and Christianity, Fall 2012/Spring 2013, with Catherine Cornille.
Religious Quest I & II: Judaism and Christianity, Fall 2011/Spring 2012, with Ruth Langer.