My father’s tobacco-jar, Church Square Pretoria and Freedom Park : an autoethnographical exploration

Show simple item record Barnard, Marcel, 1957- 2014-11-06T07:43:26Z 2014-11-06T07:43:26Z 2014-08-06
dc.description.abstract Julian Müller, in his advocacy of a narrative theology, has called for an autobiographical theology. In addition to Julian Müller’s plea, the author turned to what may be seen as the liturgical and ritual variant of this method, namely autoethnography. Thus he would honour Julian Müller and his tireless commitment to Practical Theology. Autobiographical and autoethnographical theology do not start from well-ordered and systematically arranged knowledge, but from a life as it has developed and as it is developing in its connections with others. Difference is therefore a keyword in the method. Others and other worlds evoke the consciousness of differences, incite reflections on the cracks, fractures and fissures that show themselves to the self and provoke negotiations with the otherness of the other. Never in his existence as a theologian had the author experienced this process more intensely than in his contacts with colleagues and religious practices in South Africa. It was described in the article how the author became acquainted with South Africa and, more particularly, with its liturgical rituals and visual arts since 2001. The different experiences of successive visits to Church Square in Pretoria functioned as a point of reference in the article. It was shown how the self re-negotiated its position in the world through the confrontation with a totally ‘other’ – in this case, South African liturgical rituals and visual arts. This re-negotiation focused on the Western academic position of the self when confronted with African epistemologies and ontologies. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Barnard, M., 2014, 'My father’s tobacco-jar, Church Square Pretoria and Freedom Park: An autoethnographical exploration', Verbum et Ecclesia 35(2), Art. #882, 7 pages. 10.4102/ve.v35i2.882. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v35i2.882
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Julian Müller en_US
dc.subject Autobiographical theology en_US
dc.subject Autoethnographical theology en_US
dc.subject Church Square, Pretoria, South Africa en_US
dc.subject Freedom Park, Pretoria, South Africa en_US
dc.title My father’s tobacco-jar, Church Square Pretoria and Freedom Park : an autoethnographical exploration en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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