About the Introduction to Trauma Theology course
This short online course will provide an introduction to the burgeoning field of trauma theology. Since the beginning of the 21st century, theologians have been increasingly taking trauma seriously in terms of the ways in which we do theology and the ways in which we read the biblical narratives. Recognising the specific nature of a trauma experience, theologians have been concerned with what impact this has on theology.
The course will offer a brief history of the development of trauma theories and how these have been used by theologians. We will encounter two key texts in the field and spend time unpacking some central ideas including the motif of Holy Saturday, the question of whether Jesus is a trauma survivor, and the significance of the Eucharist in trauma theology.
About the Tutor
Dr Karen O’Donnell has an international reputation in the field of trauma theology. She has researched and published widely in this area, including The Dark Womb (2022), Bearing Witness (2022), Feminist Trauma Theologies (2020), Broken Bodies (2018), and has lectured and taught on the topic across the world.
She is particularly interested in feminist theologies, body theologies, and liturgical theologies.
Karen is the Director of Studies at Westcott House where she teaches liturgy, worship, and trauma theology. She also teaching Gender and Christian Theology in the Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge.