As well as being seriously excited about our upcoming Radicalism, Violence, and Religious Texts colloquium (10-11 September), Theology and Religion and Auckland are delighted to announce another public lecture as part of this project. Professor Erin Runions (Ponoma College, California) will be delivering a public lecture titled ‘The Temptation of Noah: The Debate about Patriarchy in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah‘ on 14 September at 5.30pm. Erin’s work draws together contemporary issues of biopolitics, culture, race, gender, and considers these in light of the Bible’s reception. Her previous books include How Hysterical: Identification and Resistance in the Bible and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty (Fordham University Press, 2014). She has also been an activist for many years, working on issues of police brutality and prison injustice, globalization, antiwar activism, feminist and queer organizing. We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Erin to Auckland and feel very honoured she has agreed to do this lecture for us. Full details are below, as well as a link to the poster. Everyone is welcome so we hope to see you there!
Erin Runions, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty of Gender and Women’s Studies, Pomona College, California
The Temptation of Noah:
The Debate about Patriarchy in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah
Monday 14 September, 5.30pm
Room 315, Arts 1 (Building 206)
The University of Auckland
Noah, the biblically inspired film co-written and directed by Darren Aronofsky uses violence toward women to fuel its plotline, even as it heroizes a patriarchal figure.
Yet just how the film judges its protagonist is unclear. Attention to its Jewish pre-texts and to the composition of the film raises questions about its seemingly positive evaluation of Noah and his mission. The film’s mostly visual subtext about temptation, when read alongside a rabbinic critique of Noah suggests that Noah’s violent response to his visions, the flood, and his family perhaps cannot be called righteous after all.