I presented on affect, theology, and Indigenous futures at Drew Theological School’s 15th Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, “Affectivity and Divinity: Affect Theories and Theologies.” My text is forthcoming in Fordham University Press’ Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium series. In “Writing Affect and Theology in Indigenous Futures,” I reckon with renderings of affect that figure subject- or world-making forces as pre-personal or infra-linguistic (a constellation of ways of thinking through/with affect as movement beyond the sedimentations of language) as citational and conceptual patternings that orient how beings and their knowings are made-capable of arriving in theory. I aim to disrupt the orbit of affect theories and/as theologies that, however alert to the coloniality of Western knowledge practices, lay claim to material and conceptual territories of animate worlds in ways that curb Indigenous futures.
Affectivity and Divinity:
Affect Theories and Theologies
15th Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium
March 18—20, 2016
Drew Theological School
Mathew Arthur, “Writing Affect and Theology in Indigenous Futures,” in eds. Karen Bray and Stephen Moore, Affectivity and Divinity: Affect Theories and Theologies, (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2019).