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Postcolonial Networks brings together scholars, activists, and leaders with the urgency of a movement to foster decolonized relationships, innovative scholarship, and social transformation.

Jason Craige Harris

About Jason Craige Harris

Jason Craige Harris is a third-year master's candidate in Black Religion in the African Diaspora and a Marquand merit scholar at Yale Divinity School, where he was recently awarded the Mary Cady Tew Prize for exceptional ability in history and ethics. He earned a bachelor’s in religion and African-American studies from Wesleyan University and received the Giffin Prize for excellence in the Study of Religion, Spurrier Award for ethics, and an official citation for academic excellence issued by the 2009 Connecticut General Assembly. As a fellow at Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities and a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Harris wrote a senior honors thesis analyzing theological anthropologies along political and racial fault lines in U.S. Evangelical history. His research and writing are principally concerned with black life, Christianity, (post)colonialism, violence, feminisms, critical social theory, and ultimately planetary flourishing. Concerns arising from the academic study of Africana religion, philosophy, and ethics particularly inform his inquiries. Through an interdisciplinary framework, he probes the systems of values that undergird dominant epistemological, rhetorical, cultural, and religious forms to determine to what extent, if at all, they conduce to robust conceptions of justice. With an eye toward contemporary social problems, he considers the religious strategies and visions that historically marginalized peoples have created to respond to conditions of living and being delimited by restrictive understandings of race, gender, religion, and nation. He is a general editor at the Journal of Postcolonial Networks, where, among other things, he helps to facilitate conversations on race and postcolonial/liberation theologies. As a Christian minister and budding public intellectual, Harris seeks and invites others into more holistic and attuned, less violent and constrained, ways of narrating the self and the divine. Areas of Interest and Research:

 African American Religious Studies
 Africana Philosophy African American Moral, Social, and Political Thought African American Intellectual History Liberation and Postcolonial (Christian) Thought
 Philosophies of Liberation Contemporary Religious Thought Race, Gender, and American Christianities
 Evangelicalisms and Pentecostalisms Histories of Race Discourse in the Americas (Christian) Social Ethics
 Critical Social Theory/Social Philosophy Theories of Race, Gender, and Power Method and Theory in the Study of Religion He is deeply committed to a praxis in which dualities of mind/heart, mind/body, and emotions/thought are consistently challenged and replaced with integrated models of selfhood that cherish self-multiplicity - the point at which the postcolonial becomes self-consciously embodied. He also enjoy taking walks in the coolness of the day, singing, laughing, and writing poetically and theoretically on his lived experience, whatever helps to bring more beauty and justice into the world.

A Postcolonial Networks book project earns special recognition!

April 16th, 2014|

James Elisha Taneti's Caste, Gender, and Christianity in Colonial India has been named one of "fifteen books published in 2013 for special recognition of their contribution to mission studies."

Postcolonial Empathy is Not a One-Way Red Arrow Strategy

April 16th, 2014|

"Empathy is a messy equation that requires deep listening, requires yielding to perspectives different from and that challenge my perspective, and requires making sense of histories in relation to contemporary contexts."

Pamphletarian Theology with Cláudio Carvalhaes | A Muslim Man Living on the Streets

April 14th, 2014|

"Like Prophet Gentileza, as a Christian social-eeconomic-cultural-religious actor, I have responsibilities with our ways of living. So my eye, ear, mouth, hands and body will try to be with, or near to the poor."

Exploitation in the South Pacific Island Kingdom Of Tonga

April 14th, 2014|

"Clearly, corporate responsibility and human dignity were not the goal, especially not for a young company like Makai that is zealous to make a name for itself with experiential strategies."

The Postcolonial Church: Theology, Identity, and Mission | St. Paul’s University; Limuru, Kenya | May 2014

March 15th, 2014|

The May 2014 meeting on "The Postcolonial Church: Theology, Identity, and Mission" is on the horizon!

Pamphletarian Theology with Cláudio Carvalhaes: Kiran Sebastian on Liturgy and Postcolonialism

March 15th, 2014|

We will find common breathings of the Spirit in our midst, so we can share a common, even if radically different, enthusiasm/en-theos-ism (being possessed by God) in our lives!

Ninth Monday: Pamphletarian Theology with Cláudio Carvalhaes | An Underground Poet

February 25th, 2014|

"Like Prophet Gentileza, as a Christian social-eeconomic-cultural-religious actor, I have responsibilities with our ways of living. So my eye, ear, mouth, hands and body will try to be with, or near to the poor."