Theologian Heading to Vienna

Adapted from a Columbia Theological Seminary notice

An Episcopal priest and theologian has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research and teach at the Sigmund Freud Foundation and Museum in Vienna during the 2013-14 academic year. The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced grant recipients recently.

The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White is the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the first theologian to receive the award.

In Vienna she will hold the title of Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis. Her proposed research project is “Existential, Humanistic, and Religious Themes in the Writings of Freud’s Vienna Circle and the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society.” She will teach a course at the Freud Museum, sponsored by the University of Vienna’s Institute for Practical Theology and psychology of Religion, on “Freud, Psychoanalysis and Religion: Critiques and Counter-critiques.” She will also teach a week-long seminar at the University of Bern based on her books Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling (2004), Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective (2007) and Braided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God, and Persons (2011).

Cooper-White is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. senior faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013-14. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries.

Cooper-White is an associate priest at Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur. She is a graduate of Boston University, Harvard Divinity School, and Holy Name University, and has completed doctoral degrees at both Harvard and the Institute for Clinical Social Work.


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