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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Latina/o Critical and Comparative Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group, founded in 2009, fosters interdisciplinary and theoretically innovative analyses of Latina/o religiosities and spiritualities in the Americas. Our goal is to advance knowledge and ways of knowing that expand traditional areas of religious studies with respect to Latina/o communities, mindful of transnational and global realities. Thus, we encourage studies that explore non-Western beliefs and practices, including the indigenous, the African diasporic, Buddhist, and Islamic, as well as those that advance more complex understanding of culturally hybrid Christianities. We wish to foster dialogue that is respectful of the culturally different theological understandings of the sacred within different traditional or emerging spiritualities. We encourage feminist- and queer-centered perspectives as well as thought rooted in community experience.

Call for Papers: 

The Latina/o Critical and Comparative Studies Group fosters interdisciplinary and theoretically innovative analyses of Latina/o religiosities and spiritualities in the Americas. As always, we welcome proposals that expand traditional areas of study, including critical explorations of non-Western beliefs and practices, as well as projects that advance a more complex understanding of culturally hybrid Christianities.

We encourage feminist- and queer-centered perspectives, and we value theoretically-innovative investigations that are rooted in community experience. This year we are especially interested in papers that address the following topics: Queerying Spirituality/Queerying Theology; non-traditional spiritual healing practices (curanderismo, espiritualismo, santería, etc.); Latina/o Humanism (especially in light of the rising number of Latina/o atheists and agnostics); the utility of borderlands theory today (especially the continuing relevance of Gloria Anzaldúa); narco-Christianity (i.e. La Santa Muerte, Jesús Malverde); and Latina/os in the New South.

The panel will discuss the following books in a co-sponsored Session with the Liberation Theologies Group and the Religion in Latin America and the Caribbean Group: Luis Leon's The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez (Berkeley: UC Press, 2014), Chris Tirres' The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), and Michelle Gonzalez's A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas (New York: NYU Press, 2014).

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Comments: 
At our business meeting and at our review meeting we discussed ways to increase our formal submissions. Suggestions included organizing a session around the work of a well-established scholar, and making the process more formal. That is, much of our organizing of panels is done informally, but heretofore we will insist that any proposal idea go through the Papers system.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee