Amy Hollywood Named 2007-08 Luce Fellow

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and the Henry Luce Foundation have named Amy M. Hollywood, the Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at HDS, as one of seven Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2007-08.

Selected on the basis of the strength of their proposals to conduct creative and innovative theological research, the Luce Fellows engage in yearlong research in various areas of theological inquiry. Hollywood—under the title "Acute Melancholia: On Loss, Mourning, and Mysticism"—will juxtapose medieval Christian mystical texts in which union with Christ is understood as a form of melancholic lovesickness with modern theological, psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer accounts of mourning and melancholia.

Two other HDS faculty members, Kevin Madigan and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, are Luce Fellows in the current academic year. Madigan, Professor of the History of Christianity, is working on the project "Apostle of Doubt, Apostles of Faith: Thomas in the History of Western Christianity, 200-1500." Schüssler Fiorenza is working on "The Rhetoric of Empire and Ekklesia in the Pauline Tradition."

The 2007-08 Luce Fellows constitute the 14th class of scholars to be appointed since the inception of the program in 1993, bringing the total number of Luce Fellows to 98.