“The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.”Karl Marx
“Join us in this vigil
and you will know what it is to dream?
to dream awake,
to keep watch asleep,
to live while dying,
and to know ourselves already
Julia Esquivel, “Threatened with Resurrection”
This course examines contemporary “globalization” within a conceptual field that conjoins theories of empire (and imperialism) with theories of capital (and capitalism). We treat discussions of globalization, empire and capital within (a) some of the historical contexts from which contemporary modes of globalization have developed, and (b) some of the cultural contexts that clarify how diverse dynamics of race and gender intersect with those of class and economy. (white racism and gender inequalities, thus, will be crucial in the study of political domination and economic exploitation.)
In unpacking the theological dimensions, the course seeks to show how Christianity has supported imperial and capitalist formations, and how it has functioned, at times, as a source of critical resistance or transformation. Special attention given to how Christian and other spiritual traditions can generate counter-imperial faith and socialist visions amid contemporary contexts of capitalism and empire.