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Title:Thinking otherwise about Africa: postcolonialism, postmodernism, and the future of African theology
Author:Kenzo, Mabiala Justin-Robert
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:Africa
African identity
African theology
Abstract:The author argues that postmodernism offers possibilities to think differently about Africa. There are historical antecedents for postmodernism in African culture, literature and philosophy. Postmodernism is a discursive practice that finds its origins in the West's disenchantment with its own modernity. However, its concerns and strategies have been familiar to Africa since at least the era of Negritude. Furthermore, the traditional African 'episteme' that Negritude sought to recuperate bears similarities with the postmodern 'episteme' as far as promotion of aesthetic reason is concerned. Most importantly, however, postmodernity proves to be a productive conceptual category in the articulation of postcolonial African identity. This postmodern reconceptualization of Africa has theological ramifications as well. African theologians will find that postmodernism offers Christianity a unique opportunity to gain a hearing in Africa since it offers the promise of a truly contextual theology. Postmodernism holds the promise of liberation from 'Eurocentrism', increased sensitivity to differences, and increased toleration for otherness. Postmodernism would allow African theology to achieve its goal of becoming a theology of otherness and difference. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]