Joanne Pepper

TITLE:

Session: Knowing the Ultimate?: Examining Images of Christ in non-Western Cultures

ABSTRACT:

This presentation is an illustrated lecture, featuring a series of slides about the person and life of Christ created by non-Western artists. What does Christ’s prophetic name Emmanuel—‘God with us’—mean, when envisioned by majority world painters, sculptors, and filmmakers? Can Jesus be authentically portrayed as an African, Asian, Latino…or Anglo-American? What do physical representations of Christ tell us about art as a vehicle for knowledge of the sacred and the supernatural?

BIO:

Joanne is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Intercultural Studies Program at Trinity Western University. She has lived and worked in numerous non-Western contexts, especially in Central and South America and in Eastern Europe. Joanne holds degrees in both Religious Studies and in Social Sciences.