Utopia on the Small Screen: How Political-Theological Thought Translates into Digital Community Organizing
Luncheon Colloquium - RSVP Required
Christian Henkel, Tübingen University
In the digital age, yesterday’s grand utopias have morphed into small-scale utopias as technological entrepreneurs pick up alternative visions of society and scale them down into apps and digital services. “Utopia on the small screen” is already happening as we use our phones to monitor our healthy lifestyle, transform our houses into smart homes, and connect with others to occupy Wall Street. Henkel's research focuses on how political theologians – with years of community organizing and the struggle against the concrete realities of communal politics behind them – could speak meaningfully about these developments. Its starting point will be to show where we already engage in small-scale utopian thinking trough the usage of digital tools and how political theology with its emphasis on the “already and not yet” can contribute new ideas to engage more deeply with our surroundings, the way we treat our bodies, the place where we live, and the connections we make. He will end his investigations by proposing a series of small-scale interventions, named “the Faithlab”, that seek to revitalize political theological thinking in an inner-city community.
Thursday, September 20 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm
24 Quincy Rd., 100
Boston College, 24 Quincy Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA