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AAR 2015, the Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Group will have 2 interesting sessions. Please come by and also stay for our Business Meeting.

AAR is in Atlanta, GA this year.


Theme: Sin, Suffering, and Spatiality: Exploring Culture, Caste, and Critique

Eboni Marshall Turman, Duke University, Presiding


Monday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Hilton-201 (Level 2)

This session will engage theological and ethical analyses as well as cultural critique and construction to explore the flesh and blood realities of sin and suffering in the lives of women of color. From kidnapped Nigerian girls to queer women in South Asian diasporan communities, to liberative sexual ethics on Christopher Street, this session will give special consideration to the spatial and environmental dimensions of women of color suffering. Emphasis will be placed on the distinctions and continuities of women of color suffering throughout the world.

Oluwatomisin Oredein, Duke University

The Propensity of Stains: Suffering as Dirty

Sailaja Krishnamurti, York University

Hindu Religiosity at the Margins of Diaspora: Queer and Feminist Activism, South Asian Diaspora Communities, and the Critique of Caste

Nikia Robert, Claremont School of Theology

Is Purple the New Orange? A Womanist Ethic of Survival in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Elyse Ambrose Minson, Drew University

Liberative Ethics at “The Pier”: Environmental Transphobia and the Christopher Street Pier, New York City

gangnamGrace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham College, Joseph Cheah, University of Saint Joseph

Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique


Business Meeting:

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham College




Theology and Religious Reflection Section and Asian North American Religion, Culture and Society Group and Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Group

Theme: Engaging Asian/Asian North American Feminist Theologies

Boyung Lee, Pacific School of Religion, Presiding

Monday – 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Hilton-201 (Level 2)

This roundtable brings together a diverse range of scholars in the field of feminist/womanist theologies and ethics, responding to the co-authored piece by W. Anne Joh and Nami Kim on Asian/Asian North American feminist theologies. The authors ask if there are emerging concerns to which Asian/Asian North American feminist theologians are now compelled to respond. The roundtable participants are invited to engage these questions by addressing how histories of Asia and Asian North America are part of their own formations. The roundtable also highlights several important issues, such as legacy of U.S. Militarism in the Asia Pacific, violence against women of color, and politics of solidarity, that require further feminist/womanist theo/ethical and religious analysis and dialogue.


Anne Joh, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Nami Kim, Spelman College

Eboni Marshall Turman, Duke University

Jacqueline Hidalgo, Williams College

Neomi De Anda, University of Dayton

Kate Ott, Drew University

Rachel A. R. Bundang, Stuart Hall and Convent of the Sacred Heart