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Justine M. Bakker

Radboud University Nijmegen

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Justine M. Bakker earned her PhD in Religion from Rice University (Houston, TX) in May 2020. Her dissertation looks at the work of poet M. NourbeSe Philip, novelist Fred D’Aguiar and visual artist Ellen Gallagher to rethink the categories of “religion” and “the human.” The project straddles religious studies, black critical theory, and the blue humanities; the final year of dissertation writing was supported by the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship (administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation). In the upcoming year, she will revise this dissertation into a manuscript for publication under the title Demonic Oceans: Parareligious Stories in the African Diaspora. After Rice, Justine returned to the Netherlands, where she is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Critical Philosophy of Race at Radboud University. Here, she is working on a project that utilizes frameworks and concepts black studies to investigate the ways race shaped the field of religious studies since its inception in the late nineteenth century. She has recent and forthcoming essays in the journal Religion and the edited volumes Esotericism and African American Religious Experience and New Approaches to Esotericism (forthcoming). She is the book review editor for Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism.

Publications


Blog Post

Blue Religion
By Justine M. Bakker
November 2020
CounterPoint: Navigating Knowledge


Blog Post

Covid-19 and Environmental Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’.
By Justine M. Bakker
May 2020
CounterPoint: Navigating Knowledge.


Blog post

Offshore: Descending into the Blue Humanities.
By Justine M. Bakker
November 2019
CounterPoint: Navigating Knowledge


Journal article

Hidden Presence: Race and/in the History, Construct and Study of Western Esotericism
By Justine M. Bakker
July 2019
Religion

Justine M. Bakker

Radboud University Nijmegen

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