Religious Studies / Cultural Studies / Philosophy
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Conversion Remains: Genealogy, Contemporaneity, and IntermatteringWhen we think of conversion, we think of a past marked by Christianity and colonization. Less frequently addressed is the way that conversion remains—no longer as explicit Christian colonialism, but more precisely as a logic. This project examines the afterlife of the logic of conversion, one that plays itself out at various sites: the affective, embodied registers of gender and race, the demand set forth by new media for interactive flexibility, and the tendency to see our existence as secular rather than religious. I seek to unveil the disseminated modalities in which the logic of conversion remains, and to pose against them a logic of intermattering: one that articulates how co-existing descriptions of the material universe immanently and endlessly undermine, relay, or superpose each other. I do so by drawing on the concept of diaspora, the insights of queer theory, the quantum physics-based philosophy of François Laruelle, and the religio-racial politics of Malcolm X.