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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...

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.

Rumscheidt, Barbara. No Room for Grace: Pastoral Theology and Dehumanization in the Global Economy. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

January 10th, 2011|

In No Room for Grace, Rumscheidt addresses how the global economy affects pastoral theology and how faith (re)development can respond to dehumanization in a global economy. Faith development, according to Rumscheidt, involves a process of re-evangelization for conscientization that resists dehumanization through critical consciousness and promotes rehumanization through creation.

Rumscheidt begins by stating that faith deals […]

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 […]

The Next Evangelicalism – Soong-Chan Rah

April 13th, 2010|

by Soong-Chan Rah, InterVarsity Press, 2009, ISBN: 9780830833603.

In a provocative volume intended 'to bring reconciliation and renewal to the church in America', Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Seminary, argues that though much of contemporary evangelicalism is captive to western, white culture, the next […]

The New Peasantries

March 7th, 2010|

I never thought of the word ‘peasant’ as a compliment, but to many people around the world it has become a badge of honour. I was unaware of the extensive literature that champions peasantry as an antidote to the distortions that globalisation and empire bring to farming.