AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION WESTERN REGION (AARWR)
2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPERS
Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California
March 23-25, 2018
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT/PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: October 1, 2017.
Latina, Latino, and Latin American Religion
The Latina, Latino, Latin American Religion section welcomes any and ALL submissions related to the study of Latinx and Latin American religion, especially those that expand interdisciplinary, critically engaged and intersectional approaches and methodologies.
Historically, the performance of benevolence and kindness of Christian missionaries served to both support and contest the colonial project in Latin America. In the current moment, kindness is also wielded to serve and contest social structures and regimes. We understand the discourse of kindness to be related to discourses of civility, especially as they apply to Latinx and Latin American communities and religiosities. Though public discourses of kindness appear to promote inclusive dialogue and celebrate diversity, we also recognize kindness as a regulatory/authoritative mechanism of social control.
We invite you to consider the following themes:
• Kindness as revolutionary/radical and de-colonial love
• Kindness as it relates to migration and religious sanctuary movements
• Kindness, benevolence, and civility in the colonial project
• Kindness and civility as mechanisms to regulate political speech, bodies, sexuality, and religious expression (both historically and in the contemporary moment)