In the midst of the interdisciplinary enterprise that Global Christianity, Global Critique undertakes, I want to suggest that the challenge of interdisciplinarity—and, at the same time, the source of what value it may have—is the problem of locality, constraint, and limit. In other words, following Jean-François Lyotard (The Postmodern Condition), legitimation is local; it is a function of the language-game, which in the scholarly context means a function of the the discipline. Read with the themes of limit, border, and locality in mind, these treatments of global critique and global Christianity reveal the prominence of this problematic.Read the rest of Seeing disciplines.
John Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is author of Parables of War: Reading John's Jewish Apocalypse (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001) as well as numerous articles.