In my experience, conversations about "Inter-religious engagement" often draw connections between Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism but ignore/erase/marginalize African/African-Diasporic/Creole religions like Santería, Espiritismo, Yoruba, and Voodoo. I wonder what perpetuates this lack of engagement with African* religions in "inter-religious engagement." Is it colonial history that made Islam/Buddhism intelligible to westerners? Anti-blackness? Ignorance? The epist
Often, disciplines will try to push us into boxes. “This is political, that is religious, the other is racial, etc.” But for people committed to understanding and uncovering the stories of the past, we are engaging questions about life, and life doesn’t always fit into boxes. Often lived experience functions in the “in-between.” Thus, empire is as much about gender as it is about race and religion and politics and economics and ability and imperialism because empire is constr
This year at the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature annual conference there will be an all-Puerto Rican panel speaking about the history and present of Puerto Rico. If you're at the conference or in the Boston area, please join us at Puerto Rico and Maria: Histories and Vulnerabilities in the Eye of the Storm.
Below are our panelists, and know that this has come together through a large community of Puerto Rican scholars that mobilized en conjunto
Two years ago at the Hispanic Summer Program I took Dr. Teresa Delgado's course on social movements and I was captivated by her approach to learning. As a professor she centered story, experience, and community as the place from which we do critical academic inquiry. How you felt was just as important and valid as what you thought. And Dr. Delgado always pushed us to see our learning as a privilege that *had* to propel us to action en conjunto. As a first year Master’s studen