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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.

What does Alan Chambers’ Apology Mean? A Reflection on the Updated Politics of Christian Heterosexism

June 26th, 2013|

"What this is to say is that, whatever intentions Chambers has for this group, we should not be surprised if reducefear.org gives us a sense of déjà-vu once it comes into existence."

Reflections on the Boarding School Dorms

June 25th, 2013|

"But the rez, and Indian Country in general, is a complex place with a complex history, peopled by individuals who choose to live there for positive as well as negative reasons. The land is itself an entity, a place that produces both brilliance and despair."

Seven Minutes in Panama: 42 and the Comforts of Civil Rights

June 20th, 2013|

"Our strivings for global justice stand to gain from the discomfort that a tragic register engenders. As we celebrate Jackie, and deservedly so, let us also recall that which his legend obscures, neglects, and silences."

Book Release: A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians

June 20th, 2013|

Below is the second text–and the first single-authored one–to be published in the Postcolonialism and Religions series, edited by Joseph Duggan, founder of Postcolonial Networks, and J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
Annie Tinsley, A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire, Postcolonialism and […]

UPDATE: Pressing On: Legacy of Marcella Althaus-Reid, July 9-12, 2013, Buenos Aires

June 19th, 2013|

Check out the schedule of presenters and activities for an amazing conference, sponsored by Postcolonial Networks, ISEDET, and GEMRIP, that brings together postcolonial and queer theological and theoretical approaches!

Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations Roundtable

June 18th, 2013|

"The volume begins by locating the ensuing chapters within the narrative of the Postcolonial Roundtable, underscoring the imperative of identifying narrative, location, and convictions."

Postcolonial Networks Book Project: The Election of Pope Francis

June 16th, 2013|

"Postcolonial frameworks attune us to contradictions, complexities, paradoxes, and ambivalences that mark our social, cultural, economic, and religious formations."