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Religion and Theology

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Jordan Copeland, Ph.D.

Jordan Copeland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

copeland@lasalle.edu

215.951.1327

Originally from Minneapolis, Jordan Copeland joined the faculty of La Salle University in 2007. He completed his undergraduate work in Seattle and his Ph.D. in Iowa. His interests include religious ethics and moral philosophy, religion and popular culture, and the philosophy of religion.  Dr. Copeland had taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses at La Salle. He is the editor of The Projected and Prophetic: Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction.

Areas of Expertise

  • Religious ethics and moral philosophy
  • Religion and popular culture
  • Philosophy of religion

Education

  • Ph.D.–Religious Studies, University of Iowa
  • B.A.–Religion and Philosophy (Minor in History), Northwest University

Teaching

  • Undergraduate:

    Contemporary Moral Issues
    Bioethics
    Playing God
    Contemporary Religious Thought
    Exploring Religion
    Exploring Christianity
    Christology
    Exploring Evil

  • Graduate:

    Moral Theology
    Moral Issues in Health Care
    Theologies of Liberation
    Social Justice and the Catholic Tradition
    Historical Perspectives on the Christian Tradition

Publications

  • Books

Editor: The Projected and Prophetic: Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction,

(Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012).

  • Chapters in Books
  • “Too Faced? Reconsidering Friendship in the Digital Age,” in Frontiers of Cyberspace, ed. Daniel Riha (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2012).

“Shared Space: Seeking Real Insights from Virtual Friendships,” in Humanity in Cybernetic Environments, ed. Daniel Riha (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011).

  • Reference Works

“Ethics,” in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, ed. Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert Segal (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

  • Current Projects

Through Static and Shadows: Technology, Humanity, and Community, Editor, (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, in progress, expected publication date: Spring 2014).

I am currently conducting research for a book on the ethos and tradition of punk culture and music.

Presentations

Peer Reviewed/Academic Conferences

“Ethos of the Underground: The Transvaluation of Values in Punk and Hardcore” (Global Conference on Urban Popcultures and Subcultures, Prague, March 2011)

“The Parable of the Prodigal Father: Creation as Criticism in Popular Cyberculture” (5th Global Conference on Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction, Oxford, July 2010)

“Shared Space: Seeking Real Insights from Virtual Friendships” (3rd Global Conference on Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction, Oxford, July 2008)

“A Stalled Ascent up Love’s Heavenly Ladder: An Examination of Alcibiades’ Speech in Plato’s

Symposium” (Regional Meeting of the Upper-Midwest AAR, Minneapolis, MN April 2005)

“Friendship and the Virtue of Respect: An Aristotelian Response to the Modern Charge of Partiality” (Regional Meeting of the Upper-Midwest AAR, Minneapolis, MN, April 2004)

“Species-Being, Being Revealed: Feuerbach on Friendship” (James F. Jacobson Graduate Student Forum, Iowa City, IA, March 2004)

“The Demon’s Whisper: Hesse’s (re)appropriation of the Socratic Concept of the Daimonion”(Conference on Religion and the Arts, Iowa City, IA, April 2003)

Other Presentations

“Playing God, Being Human: The Role of Humility in Inquiry” (Explorer Café, La Salle University, Spring 2011)

“Leading the Many to Justice: Teaching Social Justice” (Invited guest lecture for the   60th Anniversary Course “Formed in Faith: Handing on the Tradition,” La Salle University, June 2010)

“Economic Justice: Some Possible Starting Points” (Faculty Panel on the Essential Question, La Salle University, September 2009)

“Empathy and the Law: Forbidden or Required?” (Invited Lecture, Continuing Legal  Education

(CLE) Session, La Salle University Legal and Judicial Alumni Society, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia, PA, September 2009)

“The Moral Implications of the Global Aids Epidemic” (Faculty Panel for Social

Justice Week, La Salle University, October 2008)

Leadership and Service

  • Session Chair/Respondent (Academic Conferences)

“City as Canvas: Creating and Co-opting Urban Art” (Session, International Conference on Urban Popcultures and Subcultures, Prague, March 2012)

“The City as Subject in Music and Cinema” (Session, International Conference on Urban Popcultures and Subcultures, Prague, March 2011)

“Gender and Cyberspace” (Session, 5th Global Conference on Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Oxford, July 2010)

“Religious Ethics” (Section, Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, NJ, March 2008)

  • Administrative Roles/Service (Academic Conferences)

Project Leader/Conference Organizer, Annual International Conference on Urban Popcultures and Subcultures, Prague (2010-Present)

Steering Group Member/Peer Reviewer, Annual Global Conference on Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture Conference, Oxford, UK (2009-Present).

Steering Group Member/Peer Reviewer, Annual Global Conference on Critical Issues in Cybercultures, Salzburg, Austria (2010-Present).