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God, Race and Justice: Wake Work for Theology

King's College London / Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI)

Monday, 12 March 2018 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

God, Race and Justice: Wake Work for Theology

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FD Maurice Lecture Series 2018: Contemporary Gospel Music in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Three-part lecture series with Professor Robert Beckford (Canterbury Christ Church University and King’s College London)

God, Race and Justice: Wake Work for Theology

Do black lives matter to God?  The absence of a theology of ‘race’ in British theological studies infers that in the academy black lives do not matter. The black church movement in the UK fares only slightly better.  It is historically quiet on questions of racialised oppression.  Is God a white racist or does theology have something to offer in light of the recent events surrounding the “Black Lives Matter” movement in Britain?  This series explores the boundaries between black theology and sacred music in relation to the ongoing struggle for racial justice. It proposes a theological reorientation of contemporary gospel music to do the threefold work of emancipating theology from its collusion with racial terror, conscientizing the church and constructing a new theo-musicology.


 

Robert Beckford PhD is professor of Religion and Culture in the African diaspora in the  Department of Theology and Religious Studies, at Canterbury Christ Church University in  Canterbury, Kent, and Visiting Professor at Kings College, London. Beckford is scholar-  activist researching the intersections of faith and racial justice in and through diverse  media texts. He has written a dozen books which triangulate the fields of theology, cultural  studies and politics. Beckford is a BAFTA award winning documentary filmmaker. He has written and presented over twenty films for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery USA. His films explore a range of themes including political critiques of the British Empire, biblical history and popular culture. Robert’s creative reach extends into drama and black British urban music production. In 2017 his debut radio drama was broadcast on the BBC Regions. ‘Jesus Piece’ is a fictional account of a reformed gang member turned Pentecostal preacher detective. Beckford’s current research is a practical theo-musicological project ‘The Jamaican Bible Remix Project.’ Taking the form of a studio album, the project inscribes black liberation theology in urban music (grime, drum and bass, and UK Soul).

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Safra Lecture Theatre, King's College London Strand Campus
Strand
WC2R London
United Kingdom

Monday, 12 March 2018 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)


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