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Black Theology in Visual Culture.  3 concerns -  Black Theology as Religious Cultural Criticism  Progressive Pedagogy  Visual Texts as primary texts.

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1 Black Theology in Visual Culture

2  3 concerns -  Black Theology as Religious Cultural Criticism  Progressive Pedagogy  Visual Texts as primary texts

3  Blackness Construct (Paul Bogle / Stokey Carmichael)  Multiple Blackness – Post Modern Anti Essentialism  Contradictory – quest for authenticity  Hybrid – hyphenated existences  Unstable  Black Theologie(s)  My point of departure - Theology and Culture in dialogue.

4 Precedent - Theology and Culture in BT

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6  Identity formation teaching  Reformulate boundaries between the self and other through articulation of difference  Multi and Meta Literacy for creation of new cultural consciousness  Public Memory as counter hegemony  Unthinking Eurocentrism  Prophetic Criticism (Cornel West)

7 10 Week module, 8 core teaching weeks Slavery USA/UK Sixties Black Nationalism and Black Religion Sexuality and Gender, Womanism and Manist perspectives Specialist Areas – Biblical Studies, reconciliation Film Use Illustration Imagination Comparison Interpretation Challenge to theological norms - Don S. Browning, A Fundamental Practical Theology (1999) Example from each categories.

8  Racial Terror  Christian complicity  Christian resistance  Religious syncretism/Adaptation  Gender  A History of Mary Prince  Lady Nugent’s Journal

9 The two Mary’s A History of Mary Prince Diary of Maria Nugent Slavery and Religion -British Experience James Walvin Stella Dadzie, “Women and Resistance in Jamaica.” Slavery Paradigm in Black Theology – Slave Narrative Debate Kobena Mercer, Welcome to the Jungle Victor Anderson, Beyond Ontological Blackness

10  “Cruel horrible place! Mr D- had a slave called old Daniel, whom he used to treat in the most cruel manner. Poor Daniel was lame in the hip, and could not keep up with the rest of the slaves; and our master would order him stripped and laid down on the ground, and have him beaten with a rod of rough briar till his skin was quite red and raw. He would then call for a bucket of salt, and fling upon the raw flesh till the man writhed on the ground like a worm, and screamed aloud with agony. This poor man’s wounds were never healed, and I have often seen them full of maggots, which increased his torments to an intolerable degree. He was an object of pity and terror to the whole gang of slaves, and in his wretched case we saw, each of us, our own lot, if we should live to be old”. p11

11  Black Nationalism  Civil Rights  Black Church Leadership Crisis  Arrival of first generation of Black Theology Texts.  Making Malcolm – Alex Haley vs. Spike Lee.  The Real Martin Luther King – Mike Dyson vs. BBC’s Reputations  Biographies of Assata Shacur & Angela Davis vs. Panther (1996)

12  Reading Michael Eric Dyson Alex Haley/Malcolm X, Autobiography of Malcolm X Bell Hooks, Outlaw Culture  Malcolm in Black Theology James Cone, Malcolm Martin and America

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14  Womanist Theology  Gay and Lesbian approaches and engagement

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16 Key Themes  Defining Womanism  Womanist Christology  Womanist Ethics  The Colour Purple  Beloved  Burning and Illusion

17  Liberation/Survival Motifs Delores Williams Sisters in the Wilderness J. Grant “Womanist Jesus and the Mutual Struggle for Liberation.”  Color Purple

18  Reconciliation  James Cone / Deotis Roberts debate of 70s – Deotis Robert’s Theology of Reconciliation  Hazel Carby “White Women Listen” in CCCS Empire Strikes Back.  American History X

19  Contextualize  Multi Dimensional Analysis  Counter Hegemonic epistemologies (Experience, Emotion, personal accountability & Ethic of Care – Patricia Hill Collins (1990))  ‘Secrets of the 12 Disciples’ Channel 4, Easter 2008.

20 Black Theologies Distinctive UK Context Dynamic Pedagogy Multi sensory Comparative analysis


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