Rice University Department of Religion

En-gendering Violence: Hip Hop, Monstrous Bodies, and the Promise of the Diva, April 5, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lecture/Lecture Series

Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning

Joseph Richard Winters
Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

From: Duke University

Humanities Building

CERCL's Leadership Lecture Series advances understanding of Houston’s impact on national issues of religion, social justice, political equality, etc., by inviting noteworthy figures to give public lectures on related topics. All lectures and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Dr. Winters's research and teaching interests lie in African-American Religious Thought, Religion and Critical Theory, Af-Am Literature, and Continental philosophy. Overall, his project is concerned with troubling and expanding our understanding of black religiosity and black piety by drawing on resources from Af-Am literature, philosophy, and critical theory. Some of the questions that guide his research include: How does the term "black religion" signify the inextricable relationship between religion, race, and modern notions of the human? What themes, tropes, and concerns connect Af-Am religious thought and other critical discourses like post-structuralism or psychoanalytic thought? How does literature, film, or music enable us to think differently about themes that inform African-American religious thought -- tragedy, liberation, hope, home, transgression, loss, transcendence, intersectionality (relationship between race, class, gender, sexuality, and other markers of identity)? How do concepts like the "sacred and profane" draw us to sites of religiosity both inside and outside of traditional institutions and spaces like the church? Winters teaches and writes about religion and hip hop, religion, race, and film, critical approaches to religious studies, and the general connections between black studies and critical theory.