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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:
Chair
Eboni Marshall Turman, eturman@div.duke.edu
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, gjskim@hotmail.com

Steering Committee
Carol Marie Webster, drwebstercm@yahoo.com
Deborah Buchanan, dbuchanan@lanecollege.edu
Erica Kierulf, airika_keyrollff@yahoo.com
Grace Kao, gracekao@stanfordalumni.org
Oluwatomisin Oredein, tomioredein@gmail.com
Theresa Ann Yugar, theresayugar@gmail.com

 

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