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Gör oss levande igen: En undersökning om hur teologi kan göras genom att dansa
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Make us alive again : An inquiry into how theology can be done through dancing (English)
Abstract [en]

In this essay I explore how dance can be interpreted as a theological practice. I stage an encounter between the lived experience of the dancer’s body and word-based tradition of theological discourse. This encounter between the word and the image of dance reveals the limitations of theological discourse to account adequately for the full range of human and creaturely experience that have its sources in colonialism and imperialism. This paper argues that introducing the image of dance and the lived experience of the dancer into theological discourse then will serve to reduce the effects of these dangerous prejudices.

This essay will use two of Simone Weil's most well-known concepts, attention and presence. They will serve as the interpretive bridge for a dialogue between dance and theology. I will focus on the experience of dancing and explain how this subjective, embodied practice of movement can enhance theology.

At a time of great instability and uncertainty globally with ecological crises, racial injustice, and economic disparity on one hand and the rise of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and despair on the other hand, it is important that we find new ways to cultivate inner peace and encourage responsible action. And important way to do this is to welcome the creative opportunities of instability and uncertainty, of the unknown and the unexplored. 

Dance and theology—in collaboration and conversation—can offer useful resources for cultivating these practices that allow us to meet these challenges with faith, hope, and love.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
Dance, theology, systematic theology, attention, presence, subjectivity, critical race theory
Keywords [sv]
Dans, teologi, systematisk teologi, Simone Weil, uppmärksamhet, närvaro, subjektivitet, implicit tro, danserfarenheten, kritisk rasteori, Laura Hellsten, Lissa McCullough, Kimerer L. LaMothe, José Gil
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1908OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1908DiVA, id: diva2:1763610
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Systematic Theology
Educational program
Bachelor’s Program in Theology
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Available from: 2023-06-13 Created: 2023-06-07 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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