Mon, Apr 11|
Azusa Reimagined: Political Agency in Apocalyptic Key
Keri Day, PhD Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion Princeton Theological Seminary
Time & Location
Apr 11, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
About the Event
Dr. Day explores how Azusa’s apocalyptic agency was deeply political, defying and resisting America’s mythical capitalist promises of progress and prosperity associated with racial hierarchy. Azusa’s political agency was shaped by an apocalyptic worldview and pre-millennial grammar which were deeply political. This apocalyptic view refashioned how Azusa enacted the political, how it embodied political agency, and to what end the citizen was directed. Many scholars might categorically reject the idea of the apocalyptic as sponsoring revolutionary forms of political agency. Instead, they regard the apocalyptic as apolitical, as an intentional withdrawal from and apathy toward this-worldly affairs. But that is not necessarily so. Azusa’s apocalyptic imaginary exposed the limits of American democracy under racial capitalism at the start of the 20th century.