March 29, 2017
Contact:

Emmanuel Katongole, (574) 631-2219, Emmanuel.Katongole.1@nd.edu

Emmanuel Katongole, Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute, has been named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2017-2018. 

As a Luce Fellow, Katongole will investigate the role that Christianity has played in a “crisis of belonging” in postcolonial Africa, a crisis manifested through ethnic, religious, and ecological violence. Entitled, “Who Are My People: Christianity, Violence, and Belonging in Sub-Saharan Africa,” his yearlong project will examine the conditions, possibilities, and shape of communities, non-violent forms of social engagement, and ecological models that Christian faith can nurture and sustain in the global South.  This project is housed within the Contending Modernities Authority, Community, and Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa working group.

Katongole states, “I am very excited about the award. It’s a great honor, especially this being the final class of Luce fellowships. The award offers me an opportunity to carry out this significant research. I particularly look forward to interviewing and studying some of the most extraordinary activists for non-violent change in Africa, and to discovering the theological and spiritual roots that make their lives and work possible.”

Appointed by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., Luce Fellows provide theological studies with fresh insights and strong leadership while making significant contributions to the church and the broader society. The six 2017-2018 Fellows are the last to be named in the program’s 25-year history.