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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Davis, Kathleen. Periodization & Sovereignty: How Ideas of Feudalism and Secularization Govern the Politics of Time. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2008.

June 27th, 2011|

In Periodization & Sovereignty, Kathleen Davis illuminates the political uses of historical narratives whose periodizing operations suggest sharply distinct medieval and modern epochs. Davis traces the historical provenance and contemporary uses of feudalism and secularization as concepts, and finds both linked within an evolving lineage of political sovereignty historically implicated in colonialism.

Wilfred, Felix. Asian Public Theology: Critical Concerns in Challenging Times. Delhi: ISPCK, 2010.

June 23rd, 2011|

Wilfred maintains that the starting point of Asian Public Theology is the subalterns. His focus is on all those who are excluded from the mainstream. However, to be precise, Wilfred reflects on two of the most affected groups of subalterns – Dalits and women. He analyses these subalterns from a theological-ethical perspective. His understanding of women as theological agents who (can) wield religious power to effect change in Asian contexts is highly appreciated.

Rieger, Joerg. Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2007.

June 20th, 2011|

In Joerg Rieger’s book Christ and Empire, the author applies a rigorous historical analysis to those particular events within the history of the Church, whose contextual embedding within Empire is commonly overlooked or dealt with inadequately. Specifically, Rieger’s aim is to highlight key theological developments by utilizing an analytic framework of “resistance and reframing” (4). To that end, Rieger structures the book to critically analyze seven areas of theological history, beginning with the theology of Paul and ending in the postcolonial period.

Racism, multiculturalism, and everything cinema teaches us.

June 19th, 2011|

David Cameron’s speech on multiculturalism a few months ago spurred a lot of analysis, attracting both appreciation as well as consternation from the most unexpected quarters. The question is, are there large parts of his country's political history that Mr. Cameron's speech just did not bother with? And if so, can we earn more by looking at the cultural artifacts of that country, such as postcolonial minority filmmaking in Britain?

Cheng, Patrick S., Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. New York: Seabury, 2011.

June 13th, 2011|

Theology and Ethics is not new to Queer Theory, but Theology and Ethics is long overdue for a text that introduces Queer Theology in a praxis oriented way. Certainly, Theology and Ethics is in need for a Queer Theory that is uniquely and decidedly Christian, and one that privileges the unvoiced voices within the postcolony.

A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings. Edited by Fernando F. Segovia and R.S. Sugirtharajah. London: T&T Clark, 2007.

June 6th, 2011|

For years, the belief that everything about the West is superior is imprinted in the minds of the colonised and also postcolonial societies. Colonialism for centuries was a centralized tactic for armies and a way of being. Edward Said, Homi Bhabha  and Frantz Fanon helped to produce what we now know as  postcolonial theory, which […]