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Patricia Huntington

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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography

 

Patricia J. Huntington is a professor of philosophy and religious studies in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Huntington specializes in continental philosophy, existential philosophy, phenomenology, feminist theory, and comparative (East-West) philosophy with a special focus on Mahayana Buddhist traditions (Chan/Zen, Huayan, Yogacara).

 

PRL Certificate

At ASU West, Dr. Huntington has been the visionary behind the development of the Certificate in Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Literature (PRL).  It offers a streamlined 18 credit transdisiciplinary focus for undergraduates who wish to develop their critical and imaginative thinking skills as well as their writing capacities.  Additionally, there is an area focus in PRL for students in the Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies (MAIS). Click her in order to see the PRL webpage: https://newcollege.asu.edu/philosophy-rhetoric-and-literature-certificate

 

Intellectual and Teaching Background

Dr. Huntington graduated from Fordham University in 1994 with a Ph.D. in philosophy after receiving her M.A. in the same subject from Fordham in 1988.  She received her B.A. in comparative religion from San Diego State University in 1984.  Well travelled, Dr. Huntington also studied philosophy at J. W. Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, attended the Volkshochschule German Language School in Frankfurt as well as the Sorbonne's French Language Institute in Paris, France.  During her teen years, she studied at John F. Kennedy, a bilingual school in Jurica, Mexico.

Before joining the faculty at ASU in 2008, Dr. Huntington taught philosophy in a thriving liberal arts atomosphere for 11 years at Loyola University of Chicago (1998-2007).  She also played a role in the education of the Jesuit scholastics through the First Studies Program at Loyola.  Prior to Loyola, she taught at American University (1996-98) and Moravian College (1994-95).

In addition to her faculty appointment in New College, Dr. Huntington is a faculty affiliate with the Religious Studies Department and with the Philosophy Department in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Tempe campus.

 

Professional Research and Service

A member of the editorial board at Hypatia : A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Dr. Huntington has authored Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition: Kristeva, Heidegger, Irigaray, co-edited Feminist Interpretations of Martin Heidegger, and co-edited a book series, New Critical Theory, which published 16 leading as well as novel authors in the emerging transdisciplinary field of critical theory.

In her monograph, Loneliness and Lament: A Phenomenology of Receptivity, Dr. Huntington shows that loneliness does not consist essentially in the absence of a friend, partner, spouse or child - a key lament voiced in self-misunderstanding by the lonely heart - but stems, rather, from a radical breach in one's relation to life journey.

She is currently writing a book tentatively titled, Mountains Walking: The Time of Awakening in Zen and Yogācāra.

Research Interests

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS & SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

2016
“Place as Refuge: Exploring Bashō’s Poetical Legacy,” Eleventh East-West Philosophers’ Conference, University of Hawaii Manoa, May 24-31, 2016.

“Exploring Karma in Colonial Displacement Through Dōgen and the Ālaya-vijñāna,” Continental and Comparative Philosophy Circle, Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei-Guólì Táiwān Dàxué 國立臺    灣大學 (Táidà 台大), March 24-26, 2016.

 “The Time of Awakening: Dogen and Yogacara,” presentation to Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, March 22, 2016.

2015
“Critical Theory East and West,” presentation to faculty and students in Humanities, Chiangmai University, June 9, 2015.

“The Time of Karmic Transmission: Aspects of Dógen and Yogácára,” presentation at the Continental and Comparative Philosophy Circle (CCPC), Co-sponsored by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 14-17, 2015.

2014
Academic Exchange by Invitation, with faculty and administrators at the Royal University, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the Royal Institute of Management, Chubachu Primary School, Athang Training Academy, Tashichhodzong Monastery, Center for Bhutan Studies, Tango University of Buddhist Studies. Meeting with Chairman of the Monastic Executive Committee and administrators from Dzongkha Development Committee, His Holiness Gyeltse Tenzin Rabgay Rinpoche, and the Ven. Gembo Dorji, Secretary General of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan. Sponsored by Dr. Jason Wirth, Seattle University and Kosho Itagaki of the Pacific Northwest Zen Center, Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan, Dec. 11–20, 2014.

2013
Invited public paper presentation, “Trauma of Gifted Children” with a poetry reading from Loneliness and Lament, Transgenerational Suffering: Historical Violence and Repair, University of Alaska, Juneau, April 5-10.

Discussant, public panel, Transgenerational Suffering: Historical Violence and Repair, a dialogue with Native American perspectives, University of Alaska Honors Symposium, April 5-10.

Prison lecture, “Critical Theory,” Lemon Correctional Facility, Juneau, Alaska, April 6.

2011
International keynote address: "Transgenerational Trauma and Spiritual Loneliness: A Post-Secular Perspective."  Nordic Summer University (NSU), Sweden, July 31 - August 7.

Keynote address: "Forgivness."  Seventh Annual Philosophy and Religious Studies Undergraduate Conference, California State University Bakersfield, April 30.

Paper presentation,  "Mending: The Hard Work of Repair in a Broken World."  SPEP or Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, Oct 21-23.

International paper presentation: “The Feminine Face of God: Receptive, Not Powerless.”  The Future of God: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Gonzaga University, Firenze, Italy, February 23-25.

2010
Paper presentation, “Complexities of Forgiveness: Early Trauma in Mother-Daughter Genealogies.”  New Approaches to Trauma: Briding Theory and Practice. New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, October 7-9.

International paper presentation: “Redemptive Suffering and Forgiveness: Traumatic Mother-Daughter Relations.”  Gender Session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture Conference, University of Oxford, September 23-26.

International paper presentation: “Buddhist Compassion and Otherness in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . Spring.”  Film and Religion Session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture Conference, University of Oxford, September 23-26.

 

Selected Publications:

Huntington, P. (2009). Loneliness and Lament. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Huntington, P. (1998). Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Huntington, P. & Holland, N. (Eds.). (2001). Feminist Interpretations of Martin Heidegger. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Huntington, P. (2016). “Asymmetrical Reciprocity and Practical Agency: Contemporary Dilemmas of Feminist Theory in     Benhabib, Young, and Kristeva.” Political Phenomenology: Essays  in Memory of Petee Jung, eds. Lester Embree and Hwa Yol Jung. (Springer: Contributions to Phenomenology, a series of the  Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology), 353-78.

Huntington P.  (2012). "Mending: The Hard Work of Repair in a Broken World."  The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 26:2 (2012): 411-22.

Huntington P.  (2010). “On Witnessing and Love: A Dialogue with Caputo.”  A Postmodern Phenomenology of the Cross, eds. Mark Zlomslic and Neal DeRoo. Postmodern Ethics Series (Wipf and Stock Publishers), 197-223.

Huntington, P. (2008). “Primordial Attunement, Hardening, and Bearing: A Heideggerian Exploration of Child Rearing.” Rethinking Facticity, eds. Eric Sean Nelson and Françoise Raffoul. (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press), 317-43.

Huntington, P.J. (2007). "Suffering and strife: For what can we hope?" International Kierkegaard Commentary, 17, 95-118.

Huntington, P. (2007). “Listening to Zapatismo: A Reflection on Spiritual Deracination.”  Radical Philosophy Review Vol. 10. 1: 55-78.

Huntington, P.J. (2006). "Loneliness and innocence: A Kierkegaardian reflection on the paradox of self-realization." Continental Philosophy Review, 39, 415-433.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 345Asian Religious Traditions
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
MAS 585Capstone Course
ENG 598Special Topics
MAS 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 390Women, Gender and Religion
REL 390Women, Gender and Religion
PHI 412Philosophy & Lit Criticism
MAS 598Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 345Asian Religious Traditions
PHI 411Continental Philosophy
MAS 595Continuing Registration
MAS 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 304Existentialism
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 345Asian Religious Traditions
PHI 412Philosophy & Lit Criticism
MAS 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
HON 294Special Topics
ENG 401Topics in Critical Theory
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 304Existentialism
HON 394Special Topics
MAS 590Reading and Conference
JHR 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 345Asian Religious Traditions
REL 405Problems in Religious Studies
Presentations
  • Huntington. "Buddhist Compassion and Otherness in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . Spring.". Film and Religion Session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture Conferen (Sep 2010).
  • self, Presiding, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group session. "Irony, Authorical Intention, and Point of View in Kierkegaard's Writing" Five paper presentations. American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada Nov. 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • Board Member, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group. "Irony, Authorial Intention, and Point of View in Kierkegaard's Writings". American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada, Nov 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • Board member, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group. "Kierkegaard, Violence, and the Sacred: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Interpretations of the Near Sacrifice of Abraham's Son". American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada, Nov, 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • Board Member, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group. "Kierkegaard and Judaism". American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada, Nov 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • self, Moderator and Discsussant. "Phenomenologies of Shame". Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Washington D.C (Oct 2009).
  • Patricia Huntington. Conference participant. American Academy of Religion (AAR) (Nov 2008).
  • Patricia Huntington. "Primordial Attunement, Hardening, Bearing: A Heideggerian Approach to Child Rearing". Arizona State University paper presentation (Mar 2008).
Service

 

SELECTED

Profession

  • The Heidegger Circle, Editorial Committee, conference paper review (2013-2014)
  • Host Chinese Delegation (2013)
  • Faculty Host, Dr. Chen Xi, Hunan University (2012 – 2013)
  • Board Member, Steering Committee, The Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group at he American Academy of Religion (AAR) (2009 - 2012) 
  • Memory and Countermemory Symposium, Co-sponsor and assisted wtih organization (2011 - 2012)
  •  Host and Book exhibit organizer, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (2002)
  • Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Member of Editorial Board (2000 - present)
  • Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, Philippines (2011 to present)​
         

University

  • IHR Advisory Board (2011- 2014)
  • University Promotion and Tenure (2010 - 2012)

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

  • Scholar in Residence, Lincoln Faculty Fellows Seminar (2011-2012)
  • Co-facilitator of the CCICS and IHR Faculty Seminar and Salon on Gabriele Schwab (201)
  • Co-facilitator of Faculty Salons with IHR support (2009-2011)
  • HArCS Executive Advisory (2009 - 2010)
  • Facilitator, Certificate in Philosophy, Rhetoric and Literature, (2008-present)
  • NEH Committee, Reviewed NEH applicants; selected two for Dean's review (2008 - 2009)
  • Post-Tenure Review Dean's Committee, auditor (2008 - 2009)
  • Peer Review (2009, 2010, 2016)
  • Third Year Review (2008 - 2009)
Expertise Areas