Shaji George Kochuthara

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Bangalore, Karnataka India

Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Pontifical Athenaeum


Academic Position:
Associate Professor

Prior Education Background:
Undergraduate Studies: 1987-1989: Bachelor of Philosophy, DVK, Bangalore 1990-1993: Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), M.S. University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 1993-1996: Bachelor of Theology, DVK Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies: 1998-2000: Licentiate in Moral Theology, Gregorian University, Rome. Secured the Degree with Summa cum Laude. Dissertation: Formation of Conscience: A Study with Special Emphasis on Self-Development and Conscientization. 2000-2006: Doctoral Studies at the Gregorian University. Defended the Doctoral Thesis, The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition in March 2006 and was awarded Summa cum Laude.

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Recent Publications:
“Indian Ethos and the Culture of Corruption: Moral/Psychological Perspective,” in Francis Gonsalves and Shalini Mulackal, ed., Corruption in Public Life: A Theological Response, Bangalore: Indian Theological Association and Asian Trading Corporation, 2013, 68-88. “Azhimathiyilamarunna Vikasana Swapnangal,” Jeevadhara 43 (June 2013) 230-239. ed., Moral Theology in India Today: The DVK National Workshop on Moral Theology, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2013. “Sexual Abuse Scandal and the Church: A Critical Appraisal,” in ed. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala et al., Gender Relations in the Church:A Call to Wholeness and Equal Discipleship, Streevani, Pune, 2012, 54-89. “Context and the Future of Theological Ethics. The Task of Building Bridges,” in ed. James F. Keenan, Catholic Theological Ethics. Past, Present and Future. The Trento Conference, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2011, 296-306. “Patriarchy and Sexual Roles. Active-Passive Gender Role Versus an Ethics of Mutuality,” Journal of Dharma 36 (2011) 435-452. 14. “‘Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!’” (Song of Songs 1:2). Gender, Pleasure and Conjugal Sexual Ethics,” Hekima Review 44 (2011) 32-46. “Re-discovering Christian Eco-theological Ethics,” Hekima Review 43 (2010). “Fundamentalism: The Only Way to Redeem Religious Ethics? Journal of Dharma 35 (2010) 337-354. “Sexuality, Love, Marital Life: The Indian Scenario Today-Changing Perspectives and Ethical Challenges,” Asian Horizons (2010) 86-97. “Kama without Dharma? Understanding the Ethics of Pleasure in Kamasutra,” Journal of Dharma 34 (2009) 69-95. “Conjugal Sexual Pleasure: Contemporary Theological Perspectives,” Ephrem’s Theological Journal 13 (2009) 44-71. The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition, Editrice Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma, 2007.

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
2012-2013 Convenor, International Conference “Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal” (DVK Jan 31-Feb 3, 2013) 2012- Director, Centre for Research on Kuriakose Chavara, DVK 2011-2012 Convenor, National Workshop on “Moral Theology in India Today” (DVK, July 12-15, 2012) 2011- Registrar, DVK 2009- Chairperson, Institutional Ethical Review Board, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences (from 2007: member) 2007- Member, Board of Post-Graduate Studies, Faculty of Theology & Director, Licentiate in Moral Theology programme 2006-2012 Director, Centre for Women Studies, DVK 2006- Lecturer/Associate Professor, DVK 2001-2006: Guest lecturer, DVK 1996-1998 Director, Chavara Sauhruda Vedi, an organization for school students (Kerala)

Research Interests:

  • Fundamental moral theology
  • Social ethics
  • Sexual ethics
  • Medical ethics
  • History of theological ethics
  • Feminist ethics
  • Gender
  • Globalization
  • Environmental ethics

Past Events:

  • Bangalore 2012
  • Trent 2010
  • Padua 2006

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