Doing theology with and amongst living bodies in contested spaces


Space is always situated in time, and time defines space. Therefore, in contemporary global geo-political time one could perhaps define space as contested space. European space is con-tested, NATO is contested, the world is being reconfigured into new spaces and blocs (for exam-ple BRICS). We are living in a time of post-and de-colonial thought, which is trying to re-define space or create space for alternatively defined and identified bodies and bodies of knowledge. Time-spaces are filled with bodies, and they give to those bodies an identity and place. On the other hand, bodies carry out time-spaces and thereby, in a sense create, such time-spaces as a place or rather a home of and for these bodies, or else the place serves as a place of exclusion and marginalisation. One could say that there is a close connection between bodies and spaces and the consequent identity politics of those spaces, as they become places of either belonging or of not-belonging and exclusion.