Donovan Schaefer is the 2012-2014 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at HCAH and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religion department. His PhD was granted by the Department of Religion at Syracuse (2012) and he received his B.A. in Religion, Literature, and the Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2003. His research brings poststructuralism, material feminism, and evolutionary theory into conversation to think through a variety of topics at the intersection of affect and embodied religion, including atheism, globalization, sexuality, narratives of Islamophobia, and contemporary American religion and politics.
While participating in the 2012-2013 HCAH Faculty seminar on "The Affective Turn," Schaefer is completing a revision of his dissertation in book form, Animal Religion: Evolution, Embodiment, and the Affective Turn in Religious Studies, in which he argues for a systematic encounter between religious studies and the dimensions of affect theory to further develop accounts of embodied, material religion. He is also developing a book-length project examining post-Darwinian atheisms through the lens of affect theory, tentatively titled Embodied Disbelief: Affective Disciplines and Atheism after Darwin.