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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit 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 Unit 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 Unit 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 Unit 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.

As women of color scholars, teachers, and activists we seek proposals on:

• Women of Color responses to the Women’s March on Washington (2017)
• Women of color protest and radical body politics
• Politics of women of color mothering and other-mothering
• Women of color "street" theology
• Black Lives Matter activisms among women of color
• Trauma, pedagogy, and women of color ways of knowing
• Women of color indigenous religious practices/practices of hope

• Sisters in the Wilderness: Classic Landmark Work Twenty-Five Years Later
This year marks twenty-five years since the publication of Delores S. Williams’ Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk (Orbis, 1993). Drawing on the biblical figure of Hagar mother of Ishmael, cast into the desert by Abraham and Sarah, but protected by God, Williams finds a prototype for the struggle of African diasporic women. Hagar, an African slave, homeless exile, surrogate mother, serves as metaphor for an image of survival and defiance appropriate to Black women today. To commemorate the anniversary, we invite papers that address the interfaith/interreligious theological significance of this groundbreaking text then and today, and its role in the formation of womanist theological perspectives, epistemologies, methodologies, and pedagogies. Co-sponsored with the Black Theology Unit, the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Unit, the Women of Color, Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Unit, SBL Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics, and SBL Women in the Biblical World.

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