12 September 2009

Postcolonial Theology Network on Facebook

A "Postcolonial Theology Network", also interested in political theology, has formed on the social networking site Facebook:


The self-description of the group: "The Postcolonial Theology Network (PTN) is committed to encouraging postcolonial theological research and activism. In May 2008 the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester gathered an international group of scholars to address questions associated with 'Church, [I]dentity(ies) and Postcolonialism'. From that conference, the first of its kind in Britain, the PTN emerged.

"The PTN exists to bring together and resource all persons especially scholars, activists and pastors who seek to identify, examine, and critique the role of the colonial in theologies. Since our initial May 2008 PTN meeting the postcolonial has been addressed by our members around the world broadly focused on colonialism, empire, imperialism and neo-colonialism by Latin@/Hispanic, Native American, First Nation, indigenous, feminist, black, evangelical and queer PTN members.

"The PTN is also broadly inter-disciplinary within theology drawing scholars in biblical studies, political theology, ecclesiology, Christology, hermeneutics and pastoral studies and seeks to expand further by your interests. [...] To define the postcolonial is colonial. Colonialism touches upon all aspects of life, culture and politics inviting multi-lens theological considerations.

"The PTN is not like any other Facebook group. The PTN is not organized along the conventional obscurity of research questions that have little impact on the world but on a few scholars in the same field. The PTN is organized around the urgency of a social movement through on and off-line networking. PTN is actively seeking to decolonize research cultures" by measures such as "networking scholars across geographies, faiths and disciplines"; "connecting theorists with theologians breaking secular-sacred ideological divides"; "fostering on-line, open access publishing in addition to traditional research media"; "linking centers of scholarship around the world"; "embodying postcolonial research into activism and activism into research – real change for people".

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