Publications & Podcasts

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Ideology and Utopia in the Twenty-First Century: The Surplus of Meaning in Ricoeur’s Conception of the Dialectical Relationship of Ideology and Utopia, co-edited with Dan Stiver. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Affect Theory, Shame, and Christian Formation. New York: Palgrave

Post-Traumatic Public Theology, co-edited with Shelly Rambo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“Guilt or Masked Shame? Reinhold Niebuhr’s Diagnosis of the Christian Self: Disclosing Affect and its Contribution to Violence.” In Inside-Out: Affect and Emotion in Multi-Religious Secular Societies, edited by Christian von Scheve, Hubert Knoblauch, Anna Berg, Meike Haken, and Yasemin Ural. Abingdon: Routledge.

“Trauma of Place: Trauma Recovery and Memorialization.” Stellenbosch Theological Journal 4/2.

“Conceptions of Identity: The Challenge of Sexual Fluidity to Christian Notions of Marriage.” Theology and Sexuality.

“Embodied Extremist Rhetoric: The Circulation of Power in Ideology and Utopia.” In Ideology and Utopia in the Twenty-First Century: The Surplus of Meaning in Ricoeur’s Conception of the Dialectical Relationship of Ideology and Utopia, edited by Stephanie Arel and Dan Stiver. Lanham: Lexington Books.

“Disgust, Shame, and Trauma: The Visceral and Visual Impact of Touch.” In Trauma and Lived Religion, edited by Ruard Ganzevoort and Srdjan Sremac. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“Trauma, Attachment and Vulnerability in Refugee and Migrant Children,” Going It Alone, edited by Hille Haker and Molly Greening. Lanham: Lexington Books.

“Shamed Bodies: Eating, Empathy, and Sisterhood as Spiritual Practices of Revolt,” In Women, Religion, Revolution!, edited by Xochitl Alvizo and Gina Messina-Dysert. Madison, NJ: Journal for the Feminist Study of Religion Press.

“Examining Restorative Justice: Theology, Traumatic Narratives, and Affective Responsibility.” In Post-Traumatic Public Theology, edited by Shelly L. Rambo and Stephanie N. Arel. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“Paul Ricoeur and Mary Daly: A Dialogue on the Discovery and Attestation of Feminine Religious Symbols.” In Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy, edited by Annemie Halsema and Fernanda Henriques. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

“Savoring Taste as Religious Praxis: Where Individual and Social Intimacy Converge,” In Sensing the Sacred: Exploring the Human Senses in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, edited by Jennifer Baldwin. Lanham: Lexington Books.

“Reading The Road with Paul Ricoeur and Julia Kristeva: The Human Body as a Sacred Connection.” Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory, and Culture 4: 99-115.

“‘First’ and ‘Third World’ Feminisms: Does Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy Offer a Way to Bridge the Gap?” Études Ricoeuriennes / Ricoeur Studies 4/1: 57-70.

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The Khôra

"Plato proposes that the "khôra" rests between the sensible and the intelligible, through which everything passes but in which nothing remains. For podcast producers Dr. Stephanie Arel and Jessica Daugherty, The Khôra serves as a holding space, a container for encountering the emotional impact of caring and bearing witness to trauma. We aim to learn from those engaged in practices of care, and who may encounter traumatic circumstances, in order to illuminate strategies for individual growth, especially in situations where life presents stressful circumstances or when others are in need. The ultimate goal is to acknowledge the witness and to make available resources for managing stress and responding to trauma."

Episode 1: Flight Attendant
Released: September 10th, 2021

This khôra includes hosts Dr. Stephanie Arel and Jessica Daugherty with Cyndi, a flight attendant whose stories of working through hundreds of flights, the 9/11 attacks, and now the Covid-19 Pandemic, reveal that flight attendants are care workers taking on much more than their jobs are understood to entail.

Episode 2: Ordained Clergy
Released: September 30th, 2021

In this khôra we speak with Stephanie Duzant, ordained clergy member and theologian with a background in social work, about advocacy, grief, and practical applications of theological texts to the grief process. Duzant shares with us her tools for modulating stress and the effects of the emotional labor of counseling and advocacy.

Episode 3: Veterinarian
Released: October 22nd, 2021

This khôra features Dr. Courtney Riley, an award winning veterinarian and animal advocate, in an intimate and heartfelt conversation with her sister, Dr. Stephanie Arel and podcast producer Jessica Daugherty.

Veterinarians hold a complex role in our society, simultaneously caring for animals and the people who love and rely on them for comfort, companionship, and sometimes survival. But the animal care industry is grueling and emotional, filled with daily ethical dilemmas and long hours. How do veterinarians cope while continuing to offer loving care to our best friends?

*If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts or dealing with suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 Or visit this site for a list of resources.


Bearing Witness

"In this podcast series produced by Andrew W. Mellon Fellow Dr. Stephanie Arel and award winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Daugherty, we will speak with museum and memorial workers including curators, collectors, writers, and directors about the impacts their work at memorial sites has on communities and themselves to investigate the importance of the roles they play in society."

The Impact of Memorialization
Released: September 8th, 2021 

In this episode we speak with Lisa Conte, head conservator at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Alexandra Drakakis, a former curator who worked there for 13 years, to discuss the impact of the memorial and museum on the survivor community and on their own lives.

Sonic Altar

Episode 3: Trauma
Released: November, 2020

In this episode: "Dr. Stephanie Arel, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Fordham University Teacher, author of the book "Affect Theory, Shame and Christian Formation," and trauma and somatic specialist, leaves us with a set of useful tools for counteracting the psycho and somatic effects of stress, anxiety, trauma, and burnout. Her workshops offer tools for self-care while caring for others"