Lecture Go to:Core Project EventsGo to:Videos

Catherine Keller: The Queer Multiplicity of Becoming

A Feminist Theology of Entangled Difference

Dec 10,19:30, 2015

At the cutting edges of (US) academic, street, and church politics, gender has been succeeded by sex, the critique of male supremacism by that of heteronormativity, feminist by queer theory – and queer theology.  Succession might mean supercession of one (successful?) identity politics by the next. At the same time (if time can be thus fixed) ‘black bodies matter’, or immigrant crises and the politics of islamophobia, or climate catastrophe, demand attention.  If we suspect that progressive political supercessionism echoes an ancient Christian temporality of triumph, straight-forwardly gendered, might the multiplying differences of gender suggest an alternative spatiotemporality? Might a queer time (Halberstam) and a polyamorous space (Bauman) suggest no longer exceptional identities in motion but entangled differences in becoming?As a theological project ever engaged – sometimes noisily, sometimes apophatically – in dethroning the sovereign Lord, feminist gender finds itself not superseded but altered by the succession of LGBTQI[…] becomings. The assemblage of an emergent multiplicity of sex/gender relations incarnates – for such a feminist theology – the queer God (Althaus Reid) or ‘Eros of the universe’ (Whitehead). As the genders of faith multiply, might the planetary multiplicity of faiths – religious and irreligious – come into more trustworthy alliances on behalf of all living and loving flesh?

Catherine Keller
is Professor of Constructive Theology at the Theological School of Drew University. Books she has authored include Apocalypse Now &ThenGod & Power; Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming, and Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement. She has co-edited numerous volumes of the Drew Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, including Postcolonial Theologies; Planetary Loves (with G. Spivak); Polydoxy; Ecospirit; the forthcoming Common Good/s: Ecology, Economy and Political Theology (with W. Connolly), and Planetary Entanglement: Religion, Science and New Materialisms (with K. Barad). She teaches across a spectrum of femininist, ecological, and political theologies, drawing upon poststructuralist and process philosophies, mystical-apophatic and pluralist perspectives.

Introduction by Zairong Xiang

The keynote is part of the Conference Confronting Gender and Faith

Time: 10 December 2015, 19:30
Venue: ICI Berlin
In English

← Back To New Website