Dr Férdia Stone-Davis

Dr Férdia Stone-Davis

Director of Research

For me, theology is grounded in an orientation towards the other, opening our eyes to the world around us, being struck by its significance, and inspiring others to do the same. It is only by approaching the world and each other in this way that we can develop and grow, personally, and in communion.

As part of Catholic Theology and Practice, she is teaching ‘Catherine Keller: Process, Relation and Entanglement’ in Easter 2021 of the academic year 2020/21. She  is also co-teaching the MA in Contemporary Ethics, and is co-teaching the core module ‘Human Condition’ (which runs across the four MAs).

She supervises across a range for the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, including Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics. She was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in 2021 (Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge).

Her research interests centre upon music and its relation to philosophical and theological anthropology, ethics, epistemology and world-making. This is embedded within a longstanding interest in theology and the arts, and theological language.

She is currently involved in a project funded by the Plater Trust with Dr Elizabeth Phillips (MBIT 2020 Fellow). The Flourishing Inside is a participatory action research project aiming to develop rich, targeted theological and ethical resources for pastoral work in prisons which is informed by and contributes to Catholic social thought.

Other roles

Affiliated Lecturer, Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge

Postdoctoral affiliate of Newnham College, Cambridge

Mentor for graduate students in Divinity at Newnham College, Cambridge

Chair of the Royal Music Association Music and Philosophy Study Group

Associate Editor of Forum Philosophicum: International Journal of Philosophy.

 


Publications

Books and journal issues

Music and Transcendence, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015).

‘Home: Creating and Inhabiting Place through Music Activity’, Contemporary Music Review 34(1) (2015), ed. F. J. Stone-Davis. (Oxford: Taylor and Francis).

The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations (Olms, 2013).

Musical Beauty: Negotiating the Boundary between Subject and Object (Cascade, 2011). 

Peer-reviewed chapters, articles and blog posts

‘Sin and Redemption’, in Companion to Theology and the Arts, eds Stephen Garrett & Imogen Adkins (T&T Clark, forthcoming 2021).

‘Revaluing Silence’, in On Commemoration, eds. Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin & Niall Munroe (Bern: Peter Lang, 2020).

‘Giving Space to Silence’, in On Commemoration, ed K McLoughlin, N. Munro and C. Gilbert (Oxford: Peter Lang), forthcoming (2020).

‘The Consolation of Philosophy and the “Gentle” Remedy of Music’, in Music, Myth and Story, eds. K. Butler and S. Bassler (NY/Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer), 2019.

Giving Space to Silence. Response to panel ‘The Rest is Silence’, part of the Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2018).

Punk Political Science – Worldmaking, Worldbreaking and Living on the Edge‘. Crick Centre Blog (2016).

Making an anthropological case: cognitive dualism and the acousmatic’, Philosophy: The Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy 90(352): 263–76 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

‘Music and Liminal Ethics: Facilitating a ‘Soulful Reality’’, in The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person, eds. E.A. Lee and S. Kimbriel (Eugene, OR: Veritas, Wipf and Stock, 2015).

Introduction: Sense Making and Place Making Through Music’, in ‘Home: Creating and Inhabiting Place through Music Activity’, Contemporary Music Review 34(1) (2015), 1–4, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis (Oxford: Taylor and Francis).

Worldmaking and Worldbreaking: Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer’, in ‘Home: Creating and Inhabiting Place through Music Activity’, Contemporary Music Review 34(1) (2015), 101–20, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis (Oxford: Taylor and Francis).

“Vocalising Home”: An Interview with Trevor Wishart’, in ‘Home: Creating and Inhabiting Place through Music Activity’, Contemporary Music Review 34(1) (2015), 5–21, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis (Oxford: Taylor and Francis).

Vivaldi Recomposed: Max Richter in conversation’, in ‘Home: Creating and Inhabiting Place through Music Activity’, Contemporary Music Review 34(1) (2015), 44–53, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis. (Oxford: Taylor and Francis).

‘Introduction’, Music and Transcendence, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015), 1–10.

‘Musical Meaning and Worldmaking: Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat major (op. 33 no. 2)’, in Music and Transcendence, ed. F. J. Stone-Davis (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015), 125–45.