CFR Research Associate Christo El Morr delivers critical theology presentation, participates in new magazine launch, supports development of accessibility app

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Professor Christo El Morr delivers critical theology presentation, participates in launch of a new magazine

York University Professor Christo El Morr, from the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, was recently featured as an invited speaker during the “Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World” annual conference that took place in Cyprus Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

During the conference, El Morr delivered a presentation titled “An Investigation into the Roots of Exclusive Identities: A Critical Theology Approach” that addressed the psychological environments and political economy structures under which exclusive identities and theologies flourish.

In addition to the presentation, El Morr participated with an international editorial board in launching Telos Magazine a new bilingual (Arabic and English) theology magazine addressing challenges in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) from a theology perspective.

Telos Magazine’s founding editorial board during their retreat in Cyprus. Christo El Morr is pictured fourth from the left.

Telos Magazine seeks to disseminate a critical and bold Christian theological thought with the aim of opening a dialogue on the link between faith and human affairs and societies, including nature, politics, economics, education, science, wars and violence, women’s rights, people with disabilities, freedom and authority, poverty and social justice, human rights, liberation theology, sex education, ethics of science (e.g. life sciences, artificial intelligence), Christianity and modernity, Christianity and culture, Christian-Christian relations and Interfaith dialogue.

The founding editorial board unanimously chose El Morr to serve as the coordinator (i.e. editor) of Telos Magazine. The editorial board includes: Pamela Charabieh (Lebanon), Michel Andraos (Canada), Anne Zaki (Egypt), El Morr (Canada), Mitri Raheb (Palestine), Assad Kattan (Germany), and Najib George Awad (U.S.)

The editorial board invites all interested authors to visit the magazine’s website and submit their articles (2000 to 2500 words) for the next issue on “Christianity, revolution and liberation” (Deadline March 31, 2020). 

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International students develop innovative app under supervision of Prof. Christo El Morr

Two international students on supervised by York University Faculty of Health Professor Christo El Morr have developed an innovative app that enables accessibility monitoring.

Ishita Saraswat, from Dayalbagh Educational Institute Dayalbagh in Agra, India, and Aymen Brahim, from the University of Sfax’s National School of Electronics and Telecommunication (ENET’COM) in Tunisia, both on internships at York, have developed an Android app prototype that assists users in reporting and monitoring accessibility issues in a certain location (e.g. public areas and buildings).

Aymen Brahim

Ishita Saraswat

Reported accessibility issues can then be shared and brought to the attention of interested parties. The app aims to assist disability organizations and activists and will help private and public organizations become aware of accessibility challenges.

The project was initiated by El Morr along with York University Professor Nancy Davis Halifax, and the students were funded by the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship. The internship program is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates to participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Congratulations, Christo!