Revisiting Postcolonialism and Religion


  • Morny Joy University of Calgary



Postcolonialism, gender, culture, Eurocentrism, globalization, border


This essay will review contemporary developments in postcolonialism and Religious Studies. One compelling reason for such a review is that globalization is regarded by many as a contemporary version of colonialism—not necessarily undertaken by nation states, but by international business conglomerates, with similar untoward effects. Particularly, it will survey the effects of globalization and further adaptations that may still need to be undertaken in light of its incursions. It will also be concerned with the alteration in strategies by certain scholars in response to these changes, especially as they affect the understanding of the terms ‘culture’ and ‘gender’. As a concrete example, the current work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Chandra Talpade Mohanty will be discussed.

Author Biography

Morny Joy, University of Calgary

Morny Joy is University Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary. She has an MA from the University of Ottawa (1973) and a PhD from McGill (1981). Morny’s principal areas of research are philosophy and religion, especially Continental philosophy. Her recent work has also explored the subject of intercultural philosophy. She has written and edited books and articles in these areas as well as that of women, philosophy and religion. Her most recent publications are: Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion (Springer, 2011) and After Appropriation: Intercultural Explorations in Philosophy and Religion (University of Calgary Press, 2011). In 2011, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Helsinki.



How to Cite

Joy, M. (2012). Revisiting Postcolonialism and Religion. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 25(2), 102–122.