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Namsoon Kang

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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Biography

Namsoon Kang, Professor of Theology and Religion, joined Brite faculty in 2006, having taught previously at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University in Cambridge, United Kingdom and Methodist Theological University in Seoul, South Korea. Writing both in English and Korean, her most recent books include On Forgiveness, For Justice, Cosmopolitan Theology, Diasporic Feminist Theology, and Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity (co-edited). Teaching, researching, and writing from transdisciplinary spaces, her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of cosmopolitanism, apophatic theology/philosophy, postmodernism, postcolonialism, feminism, and diaspora.  Her writing on cosmopolitan theology engages recent theories of cosmopolitan rights, justice, and hospitality, especially those of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and Jacques Derrida.

An acclaimed speaker who lectures throughout the world, she has given lectures and speeches in Brazil, Canada, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Jamaica, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippine, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the USA. She has been actively involved in various international ecumenical organizations and programs, was a plenary speaker at the WCC 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006, and served on the Programme Guideline Committee of the World Council of Churches at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea in 2013. She served as the president of WOCATI (World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions) in 2008-2015.

She received the Louise Clark Britten Endowed Faculty Excellence Award twice by vote of the Class of 2009 and of 2012, Catherine Saylor Hill Award of Faculty Excellence by vote of faculty in 2013, and Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar in 2014, 2016, and 2019 at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.

Degrees

Ph.D., Drew University, Madison NJ, USA
M.Phil., Drew University, Madison NJ, USA
Th.M., Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, KOREA
B.Th., Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, KOREA

Religion

Christianity (United Methodist Church)

Courses

  • Derrida and Theopolitical Issues
  • Cosmopolitan Theology
  • Love: Philosophical-Theological Issues
  • Postmodernism and Theology
  • Postcolonial Theologies
  • Feminism and Theology
  • World Religions and Gender
  • Christian Theology of Religions

Books

  • Religion and Gender. Revised Edition. Seoul: Dongnoek Publisher, 2018.
  • Feminist Theology in the 21st Century. Revised Edition. Seoul: Dongnoek Publisher, 2018.
  • The Man with Manicure: Philosophical Essays. Seoul: Hangil Press, 2018.
  • Feminism and Christianity. Revised Edition. Seoul: Dongnoek Publisher, 2017
  • On Learning: Critical Reflection. Seoul: Dongnoek Publisher, 2017
  • On Forgiveness: The Impossibility and Possibility of Forgiveness. Seoul: Dongnoek Publisher, 2017
  • For Justice: Humanities as Critical Resistance. Seoul: Dongnoek Publisher, 2016
  • Cosmopolitanism and Religion: In Search of Perpetual Peace in the 21st Century. Seoul: New Wave Plus Press, 2015
  • Diasporic Feminist Theology: Asia and Theopolitical Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014
  • Cosmopolitan Theology: Reconstituting Neighbor-Love, Hospitality, and Solidarity in an Uneven World. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2013.
  • Postcolonial Mission: Power and Partnership in World Christianity. Sopher Press, 2011. Co-edited.
  • Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity, Oxford, UK: Regnum Books, 2010. Co-edited.

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • “Politics of Knowledge and the U.S. Theological Education in a Glocal Context: From Internalization to Planetarization.” In Locating American Theological Education in a Global Context: Conversations with American Higher Education. Ed. Hendrik R. Pieterse. Eugene, OR: WIPF and Stock Publisher, 2019.
  • “Meaning of Being Human.” In What Makes Human a Human. Seoul: Nazensan Press, 2018.
  • “Why Christians are Conservative?” In Power and Church, Seoul: Changbi Press, 2018.
  • “Resurgence of Asian Values: Confucian Comeback and Its Embodiment in Christianity.” In Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity. Ed. Anselm Min. New York: State University of New York Press, 2016
  • “Theology from a Space where Postcolonialism and Feminism Intersect.” Postcolonial Theology. Ed. Helle Haker, Luiz Carlo Susin and Eloi Messi Metogo. Concillium. London: SCM Press, 2013/2: 61-70.
  • “Postmodern Seeing Everything as Political Undertaking: Displacing Theology-as-Epietemology with Theology-as-Hermeneutics.” Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology. Vol. XI. 2013: 11-39.
  • “Transethnic Feminist Theology of Asia: Globalization, Identities and Solidarities” Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology. Ed. Sheila Briggs & Mary Fulkerson. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 2011.
  • “Constructing Postcolonial Mission in World Christianity.” Postcolonial Mission: Power and Partnership in World Christianity. Ed. Des van der Water, Isabel Phiri, Namsoon Kang, Roderick Hewitt, and Sarojini Nadar. Sopher Press, 2011.
  • “Out of Places: Asian Feminist Theology of Dislocation.” Out of Place: Doing Theology on the Crosscultural Brink. Cross Cultural Theologies Series. Ed. Clive Pearson and Jione Havea. London: Equinox Publishing, 2011.

Presentations

  • “Constituting Cosmopolitan Mission as Planetary Responsibility.” Conference on Postkolonialismus—und Was Dann? (Postcolonialism—and What Next?). German Mission Society. September 10-12, 2018. Protestant University Wuppertal. Wuppertal, Germany.
  • “In an Era of Post-Church/Post-Religion: Reconstituting the Meaning of Church’s Existence: From Religion of Hatred to Religion of Hospitality.” June 26, 2018. Conference on Rethinking the Missional Church in an Era of Post- Church. Yonsei University. Seoul, South Korea.
  • “Age of Hatred, Seven Questions on Feminism.” June 5, 2018. Seoul National University of Science and Technology. South Korea
  • “Working toward a Jesusian Kindom of God: Living-Well-Together as Cosmopolitan Christians.” April 14, 2018. Voices for Renewal Conference. Forth Worth, TX, USA
  • “Cosmopolitanism in a Geopolitically Uneven World: Radical Calls for the EthicoPolitical Responsibility for the Other," Pacific School of Theology/ Graduate Theological Union. April, 5, 2018. CA, USA
  • “Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights.” Jan. 10, 2018. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • “World Christianity—Challenges and Promises.” World Christianity Consultation. March 15, 2013. Geneva, Switzerland.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
The Westar Institute
Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK
Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR