Adejumobi Publishes on African Jesus Film

Written by Laura Paskin
September 27, 2013

Professor Saheed Adejumobi, director of the Global African Studies program, published "Empire and Utopia: ‘Resurrecting’ Postcolonial Visions and Beyond" in the book Son of Man: An African Jesus Film." Edited by Richard Walsh, Jeffrey L. Staley, and Adele Reinhartz and published by Sheffield Phoenix Press, the book is a collection of essays that address ethical, theological, and hermeneutical questions involving post-colonial Africa.

"The award-winning 2005 movie "Son of Man" sets the story of Jesus in a contemporary southern Africa locale," Adejumobi said. "My chapter addresses how casting Jesus as an activist in a troubled postcolonial African society harnesses both spiritual and temporal pedagogical narratives.”  

“The crucifixion allows us to reassess futures that were once imagined but never fully consummated, particularly in the context of postcolonial aspirations,” he added. “Through the act of resurrection, the Gospel re-presents the possibilities of alternative futures that might have been, and emancipatory possibilities that can now be reawakened and recognized as vital and durable legacies.”

Adejumobi, who received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, specializes in African and African American history and African Diaspora intellectual and cultural traditions.  His scholarship focuses on the role of the arts and humanities in African and African Diaspora decolonization and postcolonial narratives. He holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the History Department and Global African Studies program.

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