JCRT 13.1 Winter 2014

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Decoloniality and Crisis
JCRT Special Edition

Decoloniality and Crisis
Nikolay Karkov, SUNY, College at Cortland 
Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College

The attentive reader might ask: why a special issue on
decoloniality and crisis? What is decoloniality, what do
we mean by crisis, and why pair them together?...


Anti-Cartesian Meditations: On the Origin of the
Philosophical Anti-Discourse of Modernity

Enrique Dussel, Department of Philosophy (UAM-Iztapalapa, Mexico)

This work is consciously and explicitly polemical.
It is polemical toward the disparaging belief in the existence
of a "South of Europe" (and thereby Latin America), a...

On Lost Crisitunities, Vanishing Post-Soviet and
Decolonization of Thinking, Being and Perception

Madina Tlostanova, Russian Presidential Academy
of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow)

Modernity in its neoliberal stage is marked by ubiquitous
bio-politics within which life becomes extremely fragmented
and human being either turns into a dispensable material...

Radical Multiculturalism and Women of Color Feminisms
Maria Lugones, Binghamton Universit

At the very logical core of the movement towards radical
multiculturalism and Women of Color feminisms is a shift
from a logic of oppression to a logic of resistance. The very logic of...

From Colonialism to Neo-Liberal Capitalism:
Latino/A Immigrants in the U.S. and the New Biopolitics

Manuel A. Vasquez, University of Florida

Although the U.S. sees itself as the quintessential immigrant
country, the promised land where immigrants can leave
behind all that bound them in the old country, make themselves anew...

Transcending Dimorphism: Afro-Cuban Ritual Praxis
and the Rematerialization of the Body

Xhercis Mendez, SUNY, Oneonta

One of the greatest obstacles to thinking "gender" in the
"post-colonial" geographies of the Caribbean and beyond,
is that not enough attention has been paid to the dehumanizing...

Decolonizing Mass Incarceration: "Flesh Will Wear Out Chains"
Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary

Serge's poetic phrase, "in time flesh will wear out chains,"
is arresting and full of hope. Hearing it, though, can
provoke such puzzlement that even while drawing us...

The Immanent Refusal of Conversion

Daniel Colucciello Barber, ICI Berlin for Cultural Inquiry

Conversion is never now. Conversion is often narrated as a
moment of turning, a turning that happens in an ineffable
instant, and this gets us in the habit of linking conversion...

The Borderlines of Theodicy
Martin Woessner, The City College of New York

In 2666, his posthumously published masterwork of a
novel, Roberto Bolano paints a painfully vivid portrait
of a city on the verge of collapse. Civic decay, economic...

A book profile of Patricia A. Schechter, Exploring
the Decolonial Imaginary: Four Transnational Lives

Karen Bray, Drew Univers

According to Maria Lugones "decolonial feminism," is thought from,
and at, the grassroots, and highlights what she calls,
"historicized incarnate intersubjectivity." Patricia A. Schechter's....

A book profile of Anna Hartnell, Rewriting
Exodus: American Futures from Du Bois to Obama

Bo Eberle, Union Theology Seminary in New York

Anna Hartnell's Rewriting Exodus is nothing short of a deeply
engaging, thought provoking assessment of Obama's first
term in office via the lens of African American religion...

A book profile of Walter D. Mignolo, The Darker Side of
Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options

Jordan E. Miller, Salve Regina University

Walter D. Mignolo's The Darker side of Western Modernity:
Global Futures, Decolonial Options
successfully tracks the
course of Western modernity, its dependence upon coloniality...

A review of Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies:
Research and Indigenous Peoples

George Schmidt

Chapter one of Linda Tuhiwai Smith's Decolonizing Methodologies
takes as its provocation, as seen in the epigraph, the title
of Audre Lorde's famous essay, "The Master's Tools...

A book profile of Manual A. Vasquez, More than
Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion

Elijah Prewitt-Davis, Drew University

To turn toward religion as it is lived, experienced, and practiced
by bodies - this is the aim of Manuel A. Vasquez's More Than Belief:
A Materialist Theory of Religion
. This means for him...




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