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Elonda Clay, B.S., MLIS, M.Div.

EDUCATION

2015-present.
Ph.D. Candidate, Theology and Religious Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Dissertation (in progress; working title): “Reel DNA Ancestry in the (United States) Genomic Imaginary: Intermediality and ​Myth in ​Media ​Portrayals of ​African Americans and ​​Genetic Ancestry”

Supervisors: Prof. E.A.J.G. Van der Borght, Dr. Johan H. Roeland, and Dr. Gayle Woloschak

2005
M.Div., Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Thesis: “Subtle Impact: Technology Trends and the Black Church”

1998
M.A., Library and Information Science,
University of Missouri at Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

1990
B.S., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Major: Physical Science

Areas of Specialization/Research Interests

(a) Media, Religion, and Culture; (b) Biosciences, Myth, and Entertainment Media; (c) Genealogical and Genomic Imaginaries; (d) Africana Religions; (e) Religion and Ecology; (f) Religion and Hip Hop

HONORS AND AWARDS  

2017
Guest Researcher, Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, Summer 2017 “The Material Culture of Genealogy, Genetics, and the Quest for Ancestry during the Third Reich (Nazi Germany) and in the Contemporary United States”

2014
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship/HBCU Library Alliance Summer Institute for Digital Scholarship – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2009
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Poster/Platform (Oral) Presenter Travel Award

2008-2009
GreenFaith National Fellowship, GreenFaith Interfaith Coalition for the Environment

2005-2008
Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellows Program

2005-2008
United Methodist Women of Color Scholarship

2004
Fellow, Summer Leadership Institute, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT/TEACHING

March 2018 – present. Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City-Penn Valley Campus. Kansas City, Missouri. Reference Librarian, adjunct faculty.

January 2014 – June 2015. Philander Smith College, D.W. Reynolds Library and Technology Center, Little Rock, Arkansas. Archivist and Digital Librarian.

2011 Spring. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Course: Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science: Perspectives on Humanity: Evolution, Enhancement, Biotechnology, and Theology.

2010 Spring. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Course: The Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World.

Areas of Teaching Competence
Primary: Media, Religion, and Culture; Religion and Ecology; Africana Religions
Secondary: Research Methods in the Study of Religion; Media, Religion and Gender; Ritual Theory and Practice, Black Feminist/Womanist Religious Thought

DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP TRAINING

2014                Emory Center for Digital Scholarship/Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summer Institute for Digital Scholarship. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Received training in Omeka, WordPress, and the OpenTour mobile application. Completed sessions on general issues in digital scholarship, including data management, metadata, copyright and permissions, and user design.

TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCIES
Ability to learn new software and web applications quickly. Experience in digitizing archival materials, web development, online exhibitions, digital storytelling, coding, and text analysis.
Digital Collection Management: CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software, Omeka 2.0 web-based Content and Archival Digital Management System
Digital Publishing Platforms: Adobe Creative Cloud (web site design, graphic design, photo editing, and layout), WordPress 4.3, Blogger, LibGuides, StoryboardThat, HUBzero.
Social media: FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Historypin.
Research and Collaboration Tools: Zotero, Evernote, Prezi, Skype, Dropbox, OneNote, Storify, StoryMapJS, TimelineJS, JuxtaposeJS, Neatline, Oral History Metadata Syncronizer, and Google Apps for Education Suite.
Recording and Conversion: Audacity, HandBrake
Languages & Standards: HTML5, CSS, Javascript, AACR2r, MARC21, LCRI, LCCS, LCSH, DDC, and Dublin Core (metadata).  

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

2018    “Backyard Gardens as Sacred Spaces: An Ecowomanist Spiritual Ecology” In The Elements of Religion and Nature, Laura Hobgood and Whitney Bauman, editors. (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).

2017    “Secular Voices of Color: Digital Storytelling, Everyday Activism, and Creating Diverse Secularist Community” in Humanism in a Non-Humanist World, Monica R. Miller, editor. Studies in Humanism and Atheism series. (Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

2015    “We Are What We Archive” In Fabricating Origins, Russell McCutcheon, ed. (Equinox Publishing, 2015).

2015    “#NOWTHATSRELIGIONANDHIPHOP: Mapping the Terrain of Religion and Hip Hop in Cyberspace,” in Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain, edited by Monica R. Miller and Anthony B. Pinn (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015).

2011    “Mediated Science, Genetics and Identity in the U.S. African Diaspora” in Media, Spiritualities, and Social Change, Stewart Hoover and Monica Emerich, eds. (London; New York: Continuum Press, 2011).

2011    “How Does It Feel to be an Environmental Problem? Studying Religion and Ecology in the African Diaspora” in Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology, Whitney Bauman, Richard Bohannon, and Kevin O’Brien eds. (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2011), 148-170.

Manuscripts and Journal Articles

2011    “These Gods Got Swagger: Avatars, Gameplay, and the Digital Performance of Hip Hop Culture in Machinima” Bulletin for the Study of Religion [Online], Volume 40 Number 3 (19 August 2011). Available at: http://www.equinoxjournals.com/BSOR/article/view/10600

2010    “A Black Theology of Liberation or Legitimation? A Postcolonial Response to Cone’s Black Theology, Black Power at Forty” Black Theology: An International Journal [Equinox], November 2010, 307-326.

2009    “Two Turntables and a Microphone: Turntablism, Ritual, and Implicit Religion” in Culture and Religion [Routledge] Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2009, 23–38.

2004    “Subtle Impact: Technology Trends and the Black Church” Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center 31: No. 1 & 2 (Fall 2003/Spring 2004), 153-178.

Book Reviews

2017    Book Review of Carolyn Moxley Rouse, John L. Jackson, Marla F. Frederick, Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media ans Racial Empowerment. (New York, NY: New York University Press, November 2016). Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion, September 2017.

2007    Book Review of Daphne C. Wiggins, Righteous Content: Black Women’s Perspectives of Church and Faith. (New York University Press, 2004). The Journal of Religion, Volume 87, Number 3 (July 2007).

Encyclopedia Articles

2010    “Earth Day,” Cultural Resource Unit, online entry for The African American Lectionary. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupCulturalAid.asp?LRID=145
April 22, 2010.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

2018    “Informationalization and the Algorithmic, Automated, Underconnected, Surveilled, Misogynistic Nature of Women’s Disempowerment in the 21st Century: Cyberfeminist and Cyberwomanist Theological Responses” Accepted Proposal for the American Academy of Religion Conference, Denver Colorado, November 2018. Session: Women’s Caucus AAR/SBL

2017    “I Only Roll With Goddesses”: Black Women as the Divine Feminine in Internet Subcultures and Digital Visual Culture.” Presentation at American Academy of Religion Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2017. Session: Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Unit.

2016    “WTH?!! H8U {People}!! – With Anti-Black Trolling, E-Bile, and Racist Shitstorms, Is a Love Praxis Possible in Mediatized Worlds?” Presentation at American Academy of Religion Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 2016. Session: Black Theology and Revolutionary Love.

“Conjuring the Diasporic African American Past for the Present: Reality TV Genomics, the Remediation of Collective Memory, and the Hegemonic Hijacking of Black Identities.” Presentation at American Academy of Religion Conference. San Antonio, Texas, November 2016. Co-Sponsored Session: Religion, Media, and Culture Group and Religion, Memory, History Group.

“Is Digital Activism Shifting the Gendered Politics of U.S. Black Struggle? The Increasing Visibility of U.S. African American Women and Same Gender Loving Activists On Social Media.” Presentation at 2016 Consultation of African and African-Diasporan Women in Religion and Theology, Theme: “Say Her Name!: Africana Women as Interpreters, Healers and Revolutionaries.” Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, July 2016.

“Digital Activism Workshop I and II.” Workshops facilitated at 2016 Consultation of African and African-Diasporan Women in Religion and Theology, Theme: “Say Her Name!: Africana Women as Interpreters, Healers and Revolutionaries.” Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, July 2016.

2015    “Burn This Bitch Down! Protest Space, Apocalyptic Envisioning, and Media Representations of Racial Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2015. Presentation for the panel, From Post-Apartheid Cape Town to Post-Racial Ferguson: Black Death, Public Protests, and the Recasting of White Shamelessness.

2014    “Backyard Gardens as Sacred Spaces: An Emerging Research Agenda of Spiritual Ecology for Ecowomanism.” American Academy of Religion Conference, San Diego, California, November 2014. Presentation for the panel, Ecowomanism 101: A Roundtable Discussing Vital Themes and Trajectories.

2014    “Can Womanist Scholarship Survive Without the Dutiful Daughter Complex? On Genealogies, Waves, and Generational Rifts.” American Academy of Religion Conference, San Diego, California, November 2014. Presentation for the panel, Third Wave Womanism: Mapping the New Terrain of Identity through Discourse.

2013    “Imagineering Geneatopia: Genomic Heterotopias and Biologized Blackness in the PBS African American Lives Series.” Second Annual Ways of Knowing Conference. Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2013.

2011    “Consuming Authentic Ancestry: Personal Genomics, Genetic-Ethnic Identities, and the Co-Creation of Genetic Return.” Chicago Consumer Culture Community. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, December 2011.

2011    “Your Ancestors are Waiting in Cyberspace! Genealogy, DNA, and Diasporic Mediascapes.” American Academy of Religion Conference, San Francisco, California, November 2011. Presentation for the panel: Reimagining Black Theology after Google.

2010    “The Curious Case of Oprah the Zulu: DNA Ancestry, Celebrity Narratives of Genetic Return, and Motherland Utopias.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2010. Presentation for the panel: Claiming Africa, Claiming the Americas: Religion and Identity in the Diaspora.

2009    “A Black Theology of Liberation or Legitimation? A Neo-Washingtonian Critique of Cone’s Black Theology.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November. Presentation for the panel: Fortieth Retrospective of James Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power: The Next Forty Years.

2009    “Alice Walker as a Theological, Methodological, and Political Problem for Womanist and Black Theologies.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 2009.

2009    “Using Genetics to Overturn The Legacy of Slavery? The Hope and the Hype of Popular Representations of Personal Genomics, U.S. African Americans and Genetic Ancestry Testing.” American Society of Human Genetics 59th Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, October 20-24, 2009. Poster Presentation.

2009    “‘Roots’ in a Test Tube: Popular Media Presentations of Genetic Genealogy and Identity in the U.S. African Diaspora.” Personalized Genomics Conference – Genome Canada. Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 2009. Poster Presentation.

Presentations on Teaching, Mentoring, and Professional Development

2014    Plenary Speaker, What Administrators Need to Know about Racial Ethnic Students: Restructuring the Academy for Success.” Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Student Personnel Administrators’ Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 2014.

2014    “From Advisor = Mentor to Color Matching: Questioning Common Assumptions About Mentoring in Religious Studies and Theology.” American Academy of Religion Conference, San Diego, California, November 2014.

2013    Panel Organizer and Presider, “Cultivating Leadership for the New Academy and Civic Engagement: Interrogating Leadership Skills, Styles, and Contexts.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2013.

2013    Panel Organizer and Presider, “New Paradigms in Evolving Learning Contexts: Navigating Changes in Teaching Religion and Theology.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2013. Co-sponsored by Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.

2013    Panel Speaker, “Reflections From the Future of the Field.” Fund for Theological Education Consultation on Doctoral Education. Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2013.

Panels Organized

2016    THATCamp AAR Session Organizer: “Responding To Cyberhate – A Critical Digital Pedagogy.” American Academy of Religion Conference. San Antonio, Texas, November 2016.

2015    “From Post-Apartheid Cape Town to Post-Racial Ferguson: Black Death, Public Protests, and the Recasting of White Shamelessness.” Session organizer and moderator. American Academy of Religion Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2015.

2013    THATCamp AAR Session Organizer: “Race, Religion, and the Digital Humanities.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2013.

Invited Talks

2016    Invited Panelist, “Sinner Wo/man: Black Theology, and Popular Culture” African American Theology and the Arts: A Symposium featuring Ailey II. Durham, North Carolina, Duke University, Duke Divinity School, March 2016.

2013    Invited Panelist, “Shifting Sands of the Academy: Examining Trends in Higher Education”, American Academy of Religion Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2013.

2012    Invited Speaker for Jesse B. Semple Brown Bag. “Know Your Genes, Meet Your Ancestors, Reunite Your Roots!”: The Selling of DNA Ancestry Testing” Langston Hughes Cultural Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 2012.

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

2017-2020       Steering Committee Member, Media, Religion, and Culture Group, American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia.

Steering Committee Member, Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia.

2011-2013       National Student Director and Chair of the Graduate Student Committee, American Academy of Religion, nationally elected.

2011-2013       Steering Committee Member, Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion Consultation, American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia.

2009-2010       Steering Committee Member, Technology Task Force. American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia.

2008-2009       Steering Committee Member, Ritual Studies Group. American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Academy of Religion
American Theological Library Association