Jeremy Kidwell

Jeremy Kidwell

Associate Professor in Theological Ethics

University of Birmingham

I am an interdisciplinary scholar, trained in ethics and constructive theology based in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. I give regular talks, workshops, and seminars on topics like climate change, data ethics, and design. I am passionate about building the commons - and am an advocate for open source, open data, and open educational resources.

In my research, I confront the ecological crisis by interrogating the ethical issues that lie at the intersection of “nature” and “culture” ranging from ecological ethics, activist studies, religious conceptions of labour and the philosophy of technology. I work in the mode of a field philosopher allowing an ethnographic and quantitatively generated understanding of grassroots problems and interests to illuminate my constructive ethical reflections.

Education

  • PhD in Theological Ethics, 2013

    University of Edinburgh

  • MA Theology, 2009

    Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)

  • BA in English and BA in Music, 2002

    Seattle Pacific University

News

Communicating online

Adding new post

International Affairs Blog, 'Understanding religious environmentalism'

If you’re looking for some post-earth-day reading, just up on the International Affairs blog, an interview I did a few weeks ago on “Understanding religious environmentalism” (which covers some high points from recent journal article in IA)

Mapping Religious Environmental Politics article, just out in IA Journal

Out today in the journal International Affairs, my article on Mapping Religious Environmental Politics.

Talks

upcoming

Why I Started Talking to White People in environmental groups About Race

I’m delighted to be invited to share current research as part of this really important symposium on how Muslims in Britain engage with sustainability in the UK. In my presentation, I share some reflection that has been underway for several years now about how the environmental sector has been the site of racialised privilege, and in turn, how I think work ought to be structured in adressing this, particuarly for white privileged folks like me. Slides can be accessed here.

Talks

recent

'Mapping' Religious Communities in the Birmingham: Assessing the Options

This presentation, drawing on past research, outlined some options for a steering group which manages the Birmingham Faiths Map. Slides can be accessed here.

Using “Liberation Bibliographies” in our Teaching - an Appreciative Inquiry

Presented with my colleague Gabi Witthaus to fellow teaching staff at UOB. We hosted a workshop to open up discussion on OER’s at the University, particularly focussed around the notion of liberation bibliographies (which was introduced to me by Gabi

Theology and Deep Time

For this paper, I shared a bit of work in progress under the banner of my ecological reconciliation project. Slides can be found here, and video of the session is up on peertube.

Recent Publications

The historical roots of the ecological crisis

In this chapter, I analyse the provenance and legacy of the influential journal article published in Science: “The historical roots of …

Contemplating Extinction

A short piece, in a collection with authors involved in XR, on the complexities of mourning extinction. I suggest that white privileged activists (such as myself) need to emphasise rituals of contemplation and find new conceptions of solidarity.

Mapping the Field of Religious Environmental Politics

I probe the complexities of political engagement with religious environmentalism which arise from the many different organizational iterations these groups may take.