J. Kameron Carter

Associate Professor of Theology, English, and African American Studies
052 Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

(919) 660-3425

B.A., Temple University
M.Th., Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Virginia

J. Kameron Carter is associate professor of theology, English, and Africana studies at Duke University Divinity School with an appointment in the English Department. He works in African diaspora studies, doing so using theological and religious studies concepts, philosophy and aesthetics, and literatures and poetries of the black diaspora. Driving his work are questions pertaining to the theory of blackness (with particular reference to black feminist theory and ecological studies) as entailing an alternative practice of the sacred, "parahuman" modes of life in the interspecies divide between the human and the animal.

Carter’s book Race: A Theological Account appeared in 2008 (New York: Oxford UP). He is the editor of Religion and the Future of Blackness (2013). He is author of numerous essays and has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. The manuscript of his book-in-progress, Black Rapture: An Ante-American Poetics, is in its final stages of preparation.

Beyond the academy proper, Professor Carter is part of a film collective that engages philosophy and theology as public discourses with special reference to issues of race and landscape, race and “city-scapes,” or race as topographical condition bound to gentrification, race as an aesthetic-gentrifying practice. The collective mobilizes film as a vehicle for asking questions about race and landscape with reference to their religious and philosophical protocols and for how blackness as insurgency surges against the power of gentrification, that is to say, for how as one poet has put it blackness, like life, always escapes.

Closely related to questions of race and alternative space that Professor Carter explores in a film collective, he recently curated with Professor Sarah Jane Cervenak (UNC-Greensboro) a year-long project, “The Black Outdoors” (supported by Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute and the Mellon Foundation), which explored blackness as an otherwise ecological, a surround, one might say, as an alternative atmospheric condition. With Cervenak, he’s the editor of a new Duke University Press book series, “Black Outdoors: Innovations in the Poetics of Study.”

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