Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon, PhD

Email: jwl@upce.cz 

Location: 06 018, building G

Research Interests

Moral philosophy; religious ethics; moral subjectivity and violence; virtue ethics; moral injury and trauma; social ethics; social justice

Websitehttps://upce.academia.edu/JosephWiinikkaLydon

Former Affiliations

•   2016-17. Assistant Professor of Religion, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, United States

•   2015-16. Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, United States

•   2014. Visiting Instructor of Religion, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, United States

Education

•   2015. Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Society, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

•   2003.  M.Div., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

•   1998.  B.A. cum laude, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, United States

Publications

Books

•   Forthcoming. Moral Injury and the Promise of Virtue. New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Articles and Book Chapters

•   Forthcoming. “Political Dimensions of Moral Injury.” Moral Injury: A Guidebook for Understanding and Engagement. Edited by Brad Kelle. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

•   Forthcoming. “‘A Distress that Cannot Be Forgotten:’ Imagination, Violence, and Moral Vulnerability.’ Special issue, Dimensions of Vulnerability, edited by Martin Huth and Gerhard Thonhauser. Philosophy Today. peer-reviewed.

•   2019. “Mapping Moral Injury: Comparing Discourses of Moral Harm.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 44: 175-191. peer-reviewed

•   2018. “Dirty Hands and Moral Injury.” Philosophy 93:3: 355-374. peer-reviewed

•   2017. “Moral Injury as Inherent Political Critique: The Prophetic Possibilities of a New Term.” Political Theology 18:3: 219-232. peer-reviewed

•   2015. “‘The Child is My Warrant:’ Virtue, Violence, and The Road’s Radical Humanism.” The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema. New York: Lexington Books.

•   2013. “Ethnic Cleansing as Religious Practice.” Journal of Interreligious Dialogue 11. peer-reviewed

•   2012. “Resources in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: An Annotated Bibliography.” Practical Matters 5. Co-authored with James W. McCarty.

•   2012. “On the Intersections of Religion, Violence, and Peace.” Practical Matters 5. Co-authored with James W. McCarty.

•   2011. “To Study and To Lose: Pedagogical Reflections.” Religious Studies News.

•   2010. “The Ambivalence of Medjugorje: The Dynamics of Violence, Peace, and Nationalism at a Catholic Pilgrimage Site During the Bosnian War.” Journal of Religion and Society 12. peer-reviewed

Edited Journal

•   2012. Practical Matters: Special Issue on Religion, Violence, and Peace, 5.

Reviews

•   2016. The Prophet and the Bodhisattva: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Ethics of Peace and Justice by Charles R. Strain. Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, 36.

•   2013. Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb by Richard Avramenko. Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, 23:1.

•   2013. Believing and Acting: The Pragmatic Turn in Comparative Religion by G. Scott Davis. Practical Matters, 6.

Lectures and Conference Activity

Invited Presentations and Lectures

•   2020. “The Moral Laboratory of War.” Philosophy Department Research Seminar. University of Hertfordshire. Hatfield, UK. (scheduled)

•   2019. “Moral Injury as a Call to Shared Responsibility.” Moralities of Warfare: Morality and Collective Action in War Theory Conference. University of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.

•   2018. “‘What do the gray clouds whisper:’ Moral Injury as Burdensome Knowledge. Moral Injury and the Role of the Community Conference. Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, PA.

•   2018. “Violence and the Varieties of Moral Harm.” Department of Philosophy. Palacký University. Olomouc, Czech Republic.

•   2017. Spiritual Care Grand Rounds for medical staff, patients, and chaplains on moral injury. The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. Philadelphia, PA.

•   2015. "Racism, Violence, Vulnerability and Power: Ethics in Response to Ferguson and other Emergencies.” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference. Interrupting White Privilege and LGBT and Queer Studies in Ethics sections. Chicago, IL.

Papers and Presentations

•   2019. "An image for the Anthropocene." The Theology and Religious Reflection Unit. American Academy of Religion conference. San Diego, CA. (scheduled)

•   2019. “Virtue Ethics of White Supremacy.” Political Theology Network Conference. Union Theological Seminary. New York, NY. (scheduled)

•   2019. “Grief, Politics, and Moral Imagination.” Disagreement, (In)tolerance and Political Discourse Conference. Center for Ethics. University of Pardubice. Pardubice, Czech Republic. (scheduled)

•   2019. “A Necessary ‘Lack of Balance:’ Iris Murdoch, Veena Das, and Political Extremism.” Iris Murdoch Centenary Conference. St. Anne’s College. University of Oxford. Oxford, UK.

•   2019. “Murdoch, Injury, and the Felt Structure of Morality.” Ethics after Murdoch Conference. Center for Ethics. University of Pardubice. Czech Republic.

•   2019. “The Geopolitics of Virtue.” Society of Christian Ethics Conference. Louisville, KY.

•   2019. “Moral Injury and Race.” On panel, “The Suffering that Pulls us Together and Pulls us Apart: Moral Injury, Race, and the Challenge of Solidarity in Social Justice Work.” Restorative Justice interest group. Society of Christian Ethics Conference. Louisville, KY.

•   2018. “Social Ethics as Therapy: Socially Engaged Repair and Moral Injury.” Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture unit. American Academy of Religion conference. Denver, CO.

•   2018. “Moral Vulnerability, Injury, and Imagination.” Engaging Vulnerability Project. Uppsala University. Uppsala, Sweden.

•   2018. “‘A Distress that Cannot Be Forgotten:’ Imagination, Violence, and Moral Vulnerability.” Department of Philosophy. Åbo Akademi University. Turku, Finland.

•   2018. “Just War and Moral Injury.” Modern Warfare and the Just War Tradition Workshop. Manchester Center for Political Theory Workshop Conference. Manchester, UK.

•   2018. “The Economics of Death.” University of Pardubice. Kutná Hora, Czech Republic.

•   2018. “Violence, Moral Vulnerability, and the Politics of Imagination.” Knowledge, Power, Truth: Reflections on Politics Today workshop. Pardubice, Czech Republic.

•   2018. “‘A Distress that Cannot Be Forgotten:’ Engaging Moral Vulnerability and Moral Injury.” Dimensions of Vulnerability conference. University of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.

•   2017. “Social Ethics as Therapy.” Center for Ethics Research Seminar. University of Pardubice. Pardubice, Czech Republic.

•   2017. “The Geopolitics of Virtue.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Ethics Section. Boston, Massachusetts. (forthcoming)

•   2016. “Thinking of Power in Mourning and Music,” invited response to “Resisting Violence through Mourning and Music” panel, Religion, Social Conflict, and Peace section, American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

•   2015. “Analyzing Violence through Virtue Discourse: The Bosnian War Case.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Group. Atlanta, GA.

•   2015. “Mapping Moral Injury: How Violence and Political Change Damages Subjectivity.” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

•   2014. “Moral Injury as Inherent Critique: The Political Consequences of a New Term.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group. San Diego, CA.

•   2013. “Ironic Recognition and the Critique of Dehumanization.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group. Baltimore, MD. 

•   2013. “‘Do Not Make of Our Dust a Kingdom:’ Ethics and the Theologically Marginal.” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

•   2012. “Fighting for Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Moral Experience in the Genocidal Century.” American Academy of Religion Conference. Ethics Section. Chicago, IL.

•   2012. “Ethnic as Ethic: An Essay on Ethnic Cleansing during the Bosnian War, 1992-1995.” Sabancı University’s Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approaches to Ethnic Conflict Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.

•   2011. “Toward a Niebuhrian Critique of Purity: Reinhold Niebuhr on Realism and Idealism.” Symposium on Religion, Ritual, and Power. Florida State University, FL.

Panels Organized

•   2019. “The Suffering that Pulls us Together and Pulls us Apart: Moral Injury, Race, and and the Challenge of Solidarity in Social Justice Work.” Restorative Justice interest group. Society of Christian Ethics Conference. Louisville, KY.

•   2018. “Love and Justice.” Co-organizer. Annual conference of the Center for Ethics. University of Pardubice. Pardubice, Czech Republic.

•   2014. “Extending Moral Injury: Examining Moral Injury as an Interdisciplinary Resource for Scholars and Practitioners.” Inaugural panel of the Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture unit. American Academy of Religion. San Diego, CA.

•   2012. “Virtue Ethics and Liberation: Accounting for the Lived Realities of Race, Class, Violence, and Moral Luck.” Ethics unit. American Academy of Religion.. Chicago, IL.

Awards and Grants

·   Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University                           

·   Visiting Scholar, Engaging Vulnerability Project, Uppsala University                                     

·   National Endowment for the Humanities Grant    

·   Research Grant, Laney Graduate School, Emory University                   

·   Thayer Award (Outstanding Scholarship), Harvard University      

·   Vanderbilt Merit Scholarship, Harvard University

·   Field Research Grant (for study in Bosnia-Hercegovina), Harvard University