This coming Lent (winter) term I will be convening a distance learning experiment in Political Theology for Peace as part of a new program of applied research initiatives in the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies in the Lancaster University Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR).
This will be the first of a number of modules in applied research into positive politics for peace. The aim of this first module will be to investigate contemporary political theology as a context to test and develop kenarchy. For any coming for the first time to this blog, kenarchy is an innovative, inclusive reconfiguration of the politics of Jesus. Ken-archy from archy, a way of ordering or relating in social space and keno, to empty. Kenarchy empties out sovereign power and replaces it with a love measured by readiness to die for the other, even one’s enemy. Kenarchy derives from applied theological-historical research into the egalitarian politics of Jesus as set out in my book Church, Gospel and Empire: How the Politics of Sovereignty Impregnated the West. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock 2011. This research exposes the way in which his subversive stance was subsumed by the hierarchical sovereign order, which consists in the combination of law, violence and capital so often expressed in Western politics even to the present day.
Kenarchy strategically engages specific oppressive operations of sovereign power and embarks on a rhythm of resistance and submission in order to undo them. The goal is to identify these endemic, deep-structural obstacles to human wellbeing and pre-emptively and permanently to undermine them. Drawing on the originary radical traditions of Franciscans, Quakers and early Pentecostals, kenarchy actively seeks out and collaborates with others who desire to enact similarly loving, inclusive politics of peace within the various spheres of society, whatever their faith standpoints.
This offers 3 great opportunities in one for anybody with a heart for creating and maintaining a pre-emptive culture of peace in their workplace and locality.
(i) The chance to understand and develop kenarchy by exposing and researching the roots of deep-seated obstacles to peace
(ii) Help develop a strategy for political change in the context of the occupational spheres locally, nationally and internationally
(iii) Obtain a postgraduate certificate of academic achievement that it is hoped will be a first step to a full Postgraduate Certificate or MA in positive politics for peace
Click this link to see the content of the module: http://tinyurl.com/lywue9t
I am currently looking for at least 6 people who are ready to be forerunners in this, some of whom are already in view. The whole idea is to take the module as a practical tool to deal with issues arising in the context of ongoing full-time employment, and as is clear from the link, it is entirely designed with this in mind. The only academic qualifications necessary are a successful honours degree of some kind. The cost is £660 for the ten week module. This, I think you will agree, is quite reasonable, although we are also working on ideas to help would-be students raise the funds.
I have been motivated in developing this by the interest shown by a number of you who frequent this blog. If you think it is something you, or someone you know, might take on for ten weeks from this coming January please let me know as soon as possible.
If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org