Goddess Studies Unit Call for Papers: Loyola Marymount University, March 2017

full name / name of organization: 
American Academy of Religion, Western Region

The Goddess Studies Unit seeks to retrieve the narrative importance of female figures in mythology and religion and works to infuse equity into the nature of exclusion. How does this year's theme, "Religion, Race, and Racism," intersect with female (cis/LGBTQ/inclusive) figures and the study of women in narrative and in culture? Are there goddesses, goddess scholarship, or goddess-centric worship that subvert racialization and/or colonization? Are there figures that have subverted demonization due to race or gender or who have been claimed to combat such "Othering"? Contrarily, are there figures that have been suppressed or marginalized due to race and/or gender that are currently being reclaimed, reinterpreted, or re-discovered? How? We invite proposals from scholars and artists from across the disciplines. Possible lenses of critique: Psychology, mythology and religion, musicology, history, critical race theory, gender studies, sociology, anthropology.

*The deadline for paper proposals and participant form to unit chairs is Friday, September 30, 2016.
*AARWR annual meeting at Loyola Marymount University on Friday-Sunday, March 10-12, 2017.

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Please submit proposals to Drs. Angela Sells and Lauri Ramey at comingintobeing@gmail.com; and lramey@calstatela.edu