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

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Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group fosters intellectual exchange in the fields of religious studies and theology as they are developing in diverse communities of color from a gendered analysis. While the AAR features Program Units from diverse communities of color, we provide a space for conversation between communities of color. This Group does not assume a prior “women of color” identity, but centers a woman of color analytic that deconstructs the intersecting logics of gender and race. At the same time, we do not hold to a “post-identity” framework and are also concerned with the status of women of color in the academy, the politics of pedagogy, and the relationship between women-of-color-centered activism and scholarship. Understanding identity as performative and shifting, we make the very category of “women of color” itself a site for political and intellectual engagement.

Call for Papers: 

This group fosters intellectual exchange in the fields of religious studies and theology as they are developing in diverse communities of color from a gendered analysis. While the AAR features Program Units from diverse communities of color, we provide a space for conversation between communities of color. This Group does not assume a prior “women of color” identity, but centers a woman of color analytic that deconstructs the intersecting logics of gender and race. At the same time, we do not hold to a “post-identity” framework and are also concerned with the status of women of color in the academy, the politics of pedagogy, and the relationship between women-of-color-centered activism and scholarship. Understanding identity as performative and shifting, we make the very category of “women of color” itself a site for political and intellectual engagement.

This group welcomes proposals in any area related to women of color scholarship, teaching, and activism. For the 2015 meeting, we are particularly interested in proposals that focus on:

women and environmental justice
immigration
constructive responses to Ferguson/Staten Island/Cleveland (police brutality/violence against black and brown bodies)
activisms around human trafficking
activisms around female incarceration
constructive approaches to violence against women (i.e. domestic violence, Nigerian girls kidnapping)
decolonization and anti-black racism
intercommunal and global responses to racism and empire (i.e. Ferguson, Walmart strikes, 43 missing Mexican students)

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee