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

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Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group examines, through systematic study and reflection, the social locations, religious beliefs, and practices of the rich and diverse multicultural backgrounds of Latinas/os in the United States. The Group recognizes that this is an interdisciplinary enterprise in view of the cultural and religious roots and sources of Latinos/as, including heritages from Europe, indigenous nations of the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The traditions emerging out of the mixture of these cultures throughout the Americas continue to undergo further development and innovation in the North American context, producing the distinct phenomena of Latino/a theologies and religions. It is this rich and deep religious/theological-cultural-social-political complex that is the focus of this Group.

Call for Papers: 

For the upcoming 2016 meeting in San Antonio, our group is planning three sessions on the following themes:

1. Queer Latinx spiritualities and spiritual pedagogies
While much activism for and scholarship around lgbtq communities, especially communities of color, has focused on risk, crisis, and (mis)behavior, in keeping with this year’s conference theme of revolutionary love, we invite papers that consider and/or foster queer-of-color spiritual pedagogies and healing practices devoted to communal survival, cross-generational dialogue, and transmission of knowledge and history. Relevant theological/spiritual thinkers to consider might include Audre Lorde, Marcella Althaus-Reid, or John Rechy, to name only a few; work that engages artists and communities in and around San Antonio would be especially welcomed.

2. Lived religions/religious art in the borderlands of Texas
In anticipation of San Antonio’s 300th year anniversary (May 5th, 2018) and in co-sponsorship with the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements Consultation, we invite paper proposals focused on lived religions/religious art in the borderlands of Texas. Potential themes/topics to explore include (but are not limited to): Las Guadalupanas and other women activists, the Guadalupe cultural arts center, Texan pilgrimage sites, missions and memory a decolonial conversation, and theory/epistemology and non-textual ‘sources' of religious thought. In addition, given the 100 year history of Pentecostalism in Texas we welcome proposals discussing aspects of lived religion, material culture, and non-textual expressions from this and other traditions.

3. Religion, Revolutionary Love and Women of the U.S. Southwest: Honoring the Legacy of Las Hermanas
In keeping with this year’s conference theme, this group seeks submissions, for session on critical and/or comparative analysis of religion and transformational advocacy by indigenous women and other women of color in the U.S. Southwest. This panel honors the legacy of Las Hermanas, a national organization of Latina women founded in 1971 that has achieved numerous transformational changes within Catholic ecclesial bodies, academia, and the broader U.S. society; we also consider the import of Yolanda Tarango in particular as a leader and a thinker. We welcome submissions from any academic discipline dealing with socially transformative religion from any tradition among these women of the U.S. Southwest. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, religious institution-building, spiritual practices, and the@logical discourses that embody and strive toward fundamental social change.

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