Original Research - Special Collection: Broken Bodies aand Ideological Master Narratives

Broken bodies and present ghosts: Ubuntu and African women’s theology

Isabella F. Ras
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4651 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4651 | © 2017 Isabella F. Ras | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 May 2017 | Published: 31 October 2017

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Isabella F. Ras, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika, South Africa

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In this article, the notion of broken bodies is explored in relation to the African body and the history of colonialism in South Africa. This exploration will be rooted in a retelling of the story of the woman, Saartjie Baartman. In this retelling, the product of colonialism comes to the fore in a haunting. Jacques Derrida’s use of the concept of Hauntology is employed to investigate the ethical demand the spectre makes of us. With the help of the African concept of ubuntu and African women’s theologies, we then seek to find healing and restoration for the broken bodies.


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