TITLE: Indecent Theologians: Marcella Althaus-Reid and the Next Generation of Postcolonial Activists
EDITOR: Nicolás Panotto
PUBLISHED: November 2016
ABSTRACT: The indecent theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid represents one of the landmarks of twentieth-century theological thought. Her legacy has left an indissoluble brand. On one hand, this proposal represents a critical framework for hegemonic Christian theological currents as a subversive to epistemological assumptions. On the other, it offers a philosophical, ethical, sociological, religious, and properly theological articulation. Few theologies have reached so deeply. Althaus-Reid heritage has gone beyond a radical theological sensitivity to the discarded and forgotten corners of our history; she has inspired the queer, indecent and perverse, to occupy epicenters of theological militancy and reflection. Indecent Theologians joins a set of voices committed to continuing and expanding a dialogue that is increasingly relevant in today’s world.
Praise for Indecent Theologians
“I keep telling people there is queer theology in Latin America” said Marcella Althaus-Reid the first time I met her. “We have to support each other,” she said another time we met. Her work and her passion for justice have influenced a generation of scholars and will certainly influence many more. This collection of articles is an example of that and of much more that is to come. The authors both engage critically with her work and take it beyond showing that the road is wide open inviting many others to join. Marcela: Presente! and la lucha continues!”
— ANDRE MUSSKOPF, Facultades EST, Brasil
“Marcella Althaus-Reid’s indecent theology was a critical intervention to theology and transformed how we do theology. Unveiling and interrogating the trenchant ideological grounds of Christian theological heteronormativity, Althaus-Reid offered queer conditions as a way forward to a deeper and wider liberative theology and praxis. Indecent Theologians is a significant timely collection showcasing the powerful legacy of Althaus-Reid’s theological subversion and next generation of theologians whose commitments are grounded in theology of the material and the historical.
— WONHEE ANNE JOH, Associate Professor of Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
“The reader can almost hear Marcella Althaus-Reid responding to these essays. She argues with some ideas, affirms others, and insists that post-colonial, post-heteronormative, queer readings are the way forward. She favors those who pervert, excavate, and cast aside the norms and props of Christianity in order to make its theology work for those who are subject to brutal powers. I imagine her smiling with gratitude.
— MARY E. HUNT, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
PART I Marcella Althaus Reid’s Indecent Theology
- Strange Encounters: Postcolonial and Queer Intersections
- “Lifting up God’s Skirt:” The Postmodern, Post-liberationist and Postcolonial Theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid: A Latin American Approach
- Queer Holiness and Queer Futurity
Adrian Emmanuel Hernandez-Acosta
- Pussy Riot: Indecent Theology in the New Russian Revolution
PART II Epistemological Frameworks
- Sexual Dissidence, Faith, and Release in Marcella Althaus-Reid
Gabriela González Ortuño
- Per-verting the Foundations: Epistemological and Methodological Challenges to the “Corporeality” of Latin American Liberation Theologies
- Identity as Search and Construction of Meaning by the Discourse of the People
PART III Indecent Theologies Pressing On
- Oppressed Bodies Don’t Have Sex: The Blind Spots of Bodily and Sexual Discourses in the Construction of Subjectivity in Latin American Liberation Theology
- Perversion, Ethics, and Creative Disregard: Indecency as the Virtue to Ethical Perversion
- A Postcolonial Reading of Bartimaeus’ Story: Contributions Towards the Construction of Another Hermeneutic Model
Nicolás Panotto, Argentinean theologian from the IU ISEDET (Buenos Aires). Master in Social and Political Anthropology and PhD candidate in Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina) Scholar of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET – Argentina) Director of the Multidisciplinary Study Group on Religion and Social Advocacy (GEMRIP) Member of the continental directive board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship. Author of Nomadic Paths: encounters, experiences, faith and theology (Concordia, Chile, 2012 – Spanish), Towards a Theology of the Political Subject (UNA, San José, 2012 – Spanish) and Theology and The Public (GEMRIP, Buenos Aires, 2015). Grupo Gemrip, of which Nicolas is founder, has a strategic partnership with Postcolonial Networks. Nicolas is a board member of Postcolonial Networks.