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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.

Postcolonial Networks Board

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.

Third Monday: Pamphletarian Theology with Cláudio Carvalhaes

December 2nd, 2013|

"Revolutions disseminate through the distribution of pamphlets, hoping to catch people’s attentions to something that only a group, together, can make happen. It is a performative way of doing theology ..."

Book Release: Caste, Gender, and Christianity in Colonial India

November 22nd, 2013|

Our congratulations to James Elisha Taneti, author of the forthcoming Caste, Gender, and Christianity in Colonial India: Telugu Women in Mission, which will be the third volume in the Postcolonialism and Religions series, a partnership between Postcolonial Networks and Palgrave MacMillan.

Second Monday: Pamphletarian Theology with Cláudio Carvalhaes

November 18th, 2013|

"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."

First Monday: Pamphletarian Theology with Cláudio Carvalhaes

November 11th, 2013|

"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."

Mind-Work Body-Work; or, does a black man wearing glasses seem less threatening than a black man who is not wearing glasses?

November 5th, 2013|

"What would it look like for us to lift up body-work or integrate mind-work and body-work into a single expression?"

A Critical Reflection on Seminary Education

November 5th, 2013|

"We must learn what the earth meant to those native to this land, the people that have been studying it for thousands of years. In a western constructed reality Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) comes off as myth and folklore, but what is the difference between western science and TEK?"

Joseph F. Duggan on performing church from a decolonial vantage

October 6th, 2013|

Joe emphasizes that decolonial/postcolonial work means that we make different choices about the way we congregate and perform church.