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Colonialism, Slavery and Religion | Lecture and conversation by scholar of religious studies Justine Bakker and philosopher Josias Tembo

Colonialism, slavery and Religion | Lecture and conversation by scholar of religious studies Justine Bakker and philosopher Josias Tembo

The atrocities of colonialism and slavery still show traces in present day society. While many researchers focus on the economic and political aspects of this grim page of human history, the role that religion played is often overlooked. How did religion shape the perception of the colonists and enslavers? Did Christianity justify colonialism and slavery? Come and learn about the intersection of race and religion from scholar of religious Studies Justine Bakker and philosopher Josias Tembo.

Religion, or lack of religion?

When colonists set ashore on western Africa and the Americas, what did they perceive? The wealth to be made by selling people was of course  a strong motivator. But what made them able to view these human beings as inferior? New research findings suggest that religion played an important role: because the religious practices the colonists encountered were not recognized as such, the people of Africa and the Americas were assumed to not have a soul. And people without soul could not be considered to be real humans. Therefore, it was permittable to treat them as objects.

Josias Tembo and Justine Bakker will discuss several aspects of the historical influence of religion. After a short lecture, they will have a conversation about race and religion. Feel free to ask your own questions!

This program is in English.

About the speakers

Justine BakkerJustine Bakker is assistant professor in Comparative Religious Studies at Radboud University. Her work focuses on the intersection between race and religion, esoteric forms of religion in the African diaspora and conceptual questions relating to religion.

Josias TemboJosias Tembo is a PhD researcher at the department of Ethics and Political Philosophy at Radboud University. He is interested in postcolonial political theory, critical philosophy of race, African philosophy, and political philosophy.

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