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Antonio D. Sison, CPPS

Antonio D. Sison, CPPS

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
M.A., Maryhill School of Theology, The Philippines; Ph.D., Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Antonio "Ton" Sison teaches various courses in systematic theology. Having lived in Southeast Asia, Northwestern Europe, and North America, he is committed to contextual, intercultural, and postcolonial approaches to doing theology. This is brought to bear in his classes, lectures, retreats, and in his special research interest, the interdisciplinary area of theology and cinema studies.

His latest book, The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (Eugene, OR: Pickwick/Wipf and Stock, 2016), rides the wave of the “foodie revolution” and reflects on the ways by which cinematic images of food nourish the theological imagination. Previously, he authored World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus (New York and London: Routledge Publishing, 2012), a mutually enriching dialogue between nine acclaimed titles of world cinema, and a range of theological perspectives that touch on the theme of human experience; and Screening Schillebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), a cutting edge exploration of the resonances between Edward Schillebeeckx’s conception of “political holiness,” and cinemas of third world postcolonial liberation.

His other publications include chapter contributions in The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of Biblical Reception in Film (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2016), Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (New York and London: Routledge, 2009), Religion and Film Reader (New York and London: Routledge, 2007), and Representing Religion in World Cinema: Filmmaking, Mythmaking, Culture Making (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

An independent digital filmmaker, Ton's theological art films have been featured at niche film festivals and academic circles. His film ICHTHUS (2006) was showcased at the 2007 AAR (American Academy of Religion) Annual Conference held in Chicago. Paying attention to “what the world is watching,” he is also a regular columnist for the Arts and Media section of National Catholic Reporter where he reviews noteworthy releases from global cinema.

Prior to his doctoral studies in The Netherlands from 2000-2004, Ton taught liberation theology at the Ateneo de Manila University, Asia’s premier Jesuit university.

Currently, he serves Chair of the Historical and Doctrinal Studies Department at CTU and as Co-Editor of New Theology Review.

He is a definitively incorporated Brother of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Cincinnati Province.

Links to publications:
The Sacred Foodways of Film
World Cinema, Theology and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus
Screening Schillebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue
Representing Religion in World Cinema
Religion and Film Reader
Routledge Companion to Religion and Film