At the cutting edges of (US) academic, street, and church politics, gender has been succeeded by sex, the critique of male supremacism by that of heteronormativity, feminist by queer theory – and queer theology. Succession might mean supercession of one (successful?) identity politics by the next. At the same time (if time can be thus fixed) ‘black bodies matter’, or immigrant crises and the politics of islamophobia, or climate catastrophe, demand attention. If we suspect that progressive political supercessionism echoes an ancient Christian temporality of triumph, straight-forwardly gendered, might the multiplying differences of gender suggest an alternative spatiotemporality? Might a queer time (Halberstam) and a polyamorous space (Bauman) suggest no longer exceptional identities in motion but entangled differences in becoming?As a theological project ever engaged – sometimes noisily, sometimes apophatically – in dethroning the sovereign Lord, feminist gender finds itself not superseded but altered by the succession of LGBTQI[…] becomings. The assemblage of an emergent multiplicity of sex/gender relations incarnates – for such a feminist theology – the queer God (Althaus Reid) or ‘Eros of the universe’ (Whitehead). As the genders of faith multiply, might the planetary multiplicity of faiths – religious and irreligious – come into more trustworthy alliances on behalf of all living and loving flesh?

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An ICI Berlin event, organized by Zairong Xiang and Gero Bauer (ZGD Tübingen), in collaboration with the Zentrum für Gender- und Diversitätsforschung of the University of Tübingen (ZGD Tübingen)

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