Kai Parker

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
RELG 2559: New Course in Religious Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Religious Studies.
RELC 2770: The Black Church
Credits: 3
The Black Church carries unique symbolic weight in America--but why? This course explores how the idea of the Black Church gained moral authority, whether there is a collective Black Church or only black churches, the traditions and practices the concept names, who the concept celebrates and who it marginalizes, and how--or whether--the Black Church, as myth or reality, is still relevant in African American life today.
RELG 3559: New Course in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Religious Studies.
RELG 3960: Religion and the Black Freedom Struggle
Credits: 3
This course will explore the role of religion in the black freedom struggle in the United States, with a focus on the twentieth century to the present. We will consider the question, how have black people harnessed religion to conceptualize and fight for various notions of black progress and the salvation of black people (broadly construed) amid the persistence of racial inequality?
RELG 5559: New Course in Religion
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of general religion.
RELG 8400: Historiography Seminar in American Religion
Credits: 3
Examines current historiographical issues in the interpretation of religion in American history. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
RELS 8500: Topics for Supervised Study and Research
Credits: 1–6
This topical course provides Master's and Doctoral students in Religious Studies an opportunity for advanced coursework in selected, established areas of the department's curriculum.
RELG 8720: Theology and Blackness: Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Phenomenology
Credits: 3
This course analyzes how theology and black studies intersect with psychoanalysis, structuralism, and phenomenology. It examines how conceptions of blackness, social death, and fugitivity relate to theorizations of completeness, conceptuality, givenness, revelation, libidinal economy, abyss, apocalypse, and difference. Authors include Fanon, Marriott, Wilderson, Marion, Spillers, Fink, Moten, Levi-Strauss, and Malabou.
RELG 8756: Crucibles of American Modernity: 1870-1930
Credits: 3
This graduate tutorial examines the crucible of modernization in the United States between the years 1870 and 1930, from Reconstruction to the Great Depression. The tutorial focuses on how the intersection of religion, politics, race, gender, sexuality, urbanization, settler colonialism, and material culture shaped the rise of as well as resistances to American modernity, thereby transforming American conceptions of the sacred.