CATCHING UP WITH…SARA KEDIR
In today’s ‘Catch Up’ post, we hear from Sara Kedir, who studied the MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology from 2018-2019.
What did you write your dissertation about?
I wrote my dissertation on the topic of Eucharistic Presence of Christ, exploring ways to further enrich some seminal but latent insights within analytic theology through an interdisciplinary engagement with biblical studies.
How did you come up with the idea for the dissertation?
It’s a long story, but to put it in short, it started with the desire to explore a fuller notion of God’s presence in the different physical places we exist at even when we feel ‘placeless’. The thesis is a much protracted but also improvised outcome of such venture.
What have you being doing since you finished the Master’s programme? And have you thought any more about the dissertation topic since?
I’ve taught an ethics course, published a couple of book chapters, spoke at a conference, and presented at a research seminar. None of these directly employed the thesis. However, as I am entering a new phase of leading an institution entirely committed to missional presence at the marketplace, I’m looking back at the thesis to explore how its insights may enrich engagements at my workplace.
How did the interdisciplinary engagement of philosophy, theology, and biblical studies help you in the writing of your dissertation?
As the study of the Eucharist is a relatively new area in Analytic Theology, interdisciplinarity was not something that was readily present, but something I had to achieve through the very process of writing. I say that this process had helped me appreciate the hope biblical studies bears to deepen different forms of systematic theologies by offering rich insights and grounding them in the biblical tradition as the foundational tradition.