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Joseph Duggan

About Joseph Duggan

Episcopal scholar-priest who is not ashamed of his "Anglican" heritage as it recovers the precolonial roots of Anglicanism. Imitating these Anglican roots Joe seeks the spatial privilege to be in the midst of radically opposing identities that disturb facile notions of unity resisting ideological notions of divinity. Founder of the Postcolonial Theology Network (PTN) on Facebook in Sept 2008; founder of Postcolonial Networks in February 2010 that includes the PTN website, the future postcolonial theologies-theories journal to be launched with Mario Aguilar Benitez at University of St. Andrew's within the next year and Widow's Mite, a foundation to enable cutting edge postcolonial scholarship (2011). The PTN initiates research networks around the world to produce high quality publications in disciplines that have historically not prioritized postcolonial research. Recent and future meetings include the first postcolonial Anglican critique of Church of England's mission of producing foreign parts (May 2008); bridging postcolonial theologies and theories in India (Jan 2010); developing a distinctive evangelical approach to postcolonial theology (Oct 2010); examine Edinburgh 1910 from a postcolonial mission theology perspective (Nov 2010) and integrate postcolonial and queer theologies and theories to honor Marcella Althaus-Reid, author of Indecent Theology (TBD 2011 with Mario Aguilar Benitez at University of St. Andrew's Scotland). Spouse-partner with Stefani Schatz, Episcopal priest and Rector of a large urban parish in Reno, Nevada. As busy as we are we share an evening meal four out of seven nights each week and enjoy cooking, travel and board games.

Jea Sophia Oh, “Watching Avatar through Deleuzian 3D, Desire, Deterritorialization, and Doubling: A Postcolonial Eco-Theological Review.” Journal of Postcolonial Networks Vo1. 1, Issue 1 (September 2011): 1-27.

September 5th, 2011|

By employing Deleuzian conceptualizations of “desire,” “deterritorialization,” and “doubling,”1 this study examines Avatar (James Cameron’s 2009 film) as a hybridity of becoming the Other. I will sketch the contours of an oppositional politics within the figure of Empire (or the American capitalist empire which is almost always transcendental). The binary structure of the movie oscillates between two utterly opposing modalities (deploying high-tech military force against eco-friendly indigenous culture, weapons against trees, killing to healing, earth to space, human to nonhuman-nature, white skin against blue skin, etc.) This dualistic tension seems...

Review of Whitney Bauman, Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics: From Creatio Ex Nihilo to Terra Nullius (New York: Routledge, 2009), 260 pp.

September 4th, 2011|

Reviewer: Deane Curtin, curtin@gustavus.edu Whitney Bauman’s primary claim is audacious: the Christian theology of creatio ex nihilo (God has the power to create something out of nothing), is the historical cause of the colonial doctrine of terra nullius (that land God gave to humans in common was originally “empty,” and therefore available to be claimed, morally, by European invaders). In addition to this negative critique, the latter half of the book offers a second, positive argument, that the contemporary response to this sorry history should be a new “viable agnostic theology,” a revived Christianity, without the hegemonic God, growing from a theology of creatio continuo, or continuous creation...

Response to a reader's criticisms of "The Egyptian Revolution through a Literary Lens"

February 27th, 2011|

Response to a reader’s criticisms of “The Egyptian Revolution through a Literary Lens”

The reader is correct to a certain extent:  revolution involves hard political work, and reading novels does not make for revolution alone–and some postcolonial theory fails to address revolution in any meaningful way.  But I think the reader must have quickly perused my […]

Thinking of class in postcolonial societies: Sebastian Silva's The Maid (2009)

December 1st, 2010|

What constitutes postcolonial cinema? To qualify as such, does a film have to explicitly explore themes related directly to colonial and postcolonial relations between two countries and/or cultures? Does it have to be produced in a newly postcolonial society? Or can a film be postcolonial when it addresses certain social issues in a modern country […]

"theologizing en espanglish" by Carmen Nanko-Fernández

May 5th, 2010|

Neomi Rosenau DeAnda has reviewed Nanko-Fernandez’s book for the PTN.

“theologizing en espanglish” begins from the social location of a Latin@́, but provides a wealth of material for discussion, reflection and action for a multiplicity of perspectives. Carmen Nanko-Fernández shows insightful and creative thought in her new book. Nanko-Fernández writes on a number of different topics […]

Jesus and Justice by Peter Heltzel

May 3rd, 2010|

Jay Larson Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race and American Politics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).

From time to time it is good to step outside of one’s concentrated area of focus to remind oneself that great people exist who are doing excellent and relevant work […]

Decolonizing God by Mark Brett

April 13th, 2010|

Mark Brett introduces Decolonizing God as follows: “The argument of this book oscillates between ancient and modern contexts without suggesting, in line with current solipsistic fashions, that readers can only ever recreate the past in their own image” (p. 1).