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Review of Marion Grau, Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony: Salvation, Society and Subversion (London and New York: T & T Clark International, 2011), ix+ 293 pp.

October 11th, 2011|

Grau’s approach to her subject matter is one of “circumambulation,” whereby she moves around case studies in the postcolony to discern both tensions and promises that accompany Christian missionary activities. Her circumambulation includes aspects of both space and time as she offers a myriad of contextual examples from postcolonies. For Grau, “the postcolony” does not correspond to the boundaries of nations-states as they are normally conceived.

Review of Walter Gam Nkwi, Voicing the Voiceless: Contributions to Closing Gaps in Cameroon History, 1958 – 2009 (Bamenda: Laanga Research and Publishing CIG, 2010), 200 pp.

September 16th, 2011|

Subaltern status has everything to do with the politics of (mis)representation and (mis)recognition. Attending to the marginalized ought to involve attending to conditions of marginality, which include how and by what means the marginalized have been (and ought to be) represented. Therefore, robust resistance to the historiographical status quo and its inattention to the subaltern entails a reimagining of methodology that holds dear the manifold ways in which marginalized peoples give voice to their existence. Non-textual sources are therefore indispensable to postcolonial historiographical work.

Whitney Bauman, author of Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics, Responds to His Reviewers

September 14th, 2011|

It is precisely because western understandings of “discovery” and “property” are underwritten by theological assumptions that we must continue to wrestle with them! Though the theological side may have lost meaning for many, private property is being exported around the globe in the process of what Derrida refers to as “globalatinization” (noting that globalization is not an equal sharing of resources by all cultures and places but that it is largely a monological process of proliferating a way of being and thinking across the entire globe).

Review of Simone Bignall and Paul Patton, eds. Deleuze and the Postcolonial (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), 309 pp.

September 6th, 2011|

The book, an edition in the “Deleuze Connections” series from Edinburgh University Press, “forges connections between Deleuze and the postcolonial, in the form of conversations, negotiations and meditations” (16). Twelve essays, from a wide range of scholars, seek new creative paths through a reexamination of Deleuze’s work (as well as his collaborations with Félix Guattari) in a variety of postcolonial modes. Indeed, the book seeks to articulate...

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...