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Off this Border Called My Back: Towards a New Politics of Solidarity

We invite proposals that constructively engage the legacy of the queer Chicana scholar Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004). Anzaldúa’s work grapples with the legacies of colonial violence and seeks to deconstruct oppressive gender norms. She invites readers to explore these critical questions by tapping into their body as a source of sacred knowledge. Drawing from various fields, Anzaldúa’s scholarship represents an intersectional approach that, we believe, can guide our cross-disciplinary conversations and critical interventions as scholars of religion. Reflecting on Anzaldúa’s corpus, we invite proposals that address one of the following questions:


1. In what ways can Anzaldúa inform the contemporary study of religion in light of the economic, environmental, technological, or geopolitical challenges of the 21st century?
2. How can Anzaldúa’s legacy help scholars, activists, and practitioners envision and enact networks of belonging?
3. What intellectual or political role should feminists of color play in the academy and/or in society at large in a post-Trump era?
4. How can Anzaldúa’s critical thought inform our understanding of social protests?
5. What insights can we glean from Anzaldúa’s work to address issues of poverty and other social justice concerns?
6. Given that religious texts, practices and ethical debates can function both to encourage individuals and/or governments in redressing social inequality and to justify a stance of ignoring it, how might we as scholars of religion draw on Anzaldúa to communicate the role of religion in shaping the public sphere?
Papers can focus on, but are not limited to, the following themes: decolonial aesthetics, borderlands, epistemology, sexuality, or spirituality.

Co-Chairs:

Sarah Bloesch, sbloesch@smu.edu

Ángel Gallardo, ajgallardo@smu.edu

Lauren Frances Guerra, laurenguerra18@gmail.com

Michelle Wolff, michellewolff@augustana.edu