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Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism

Interamerican Symposium on Feminist Intercultural Theology

Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism, University of San Diego
Institut of Missiology Missio, Aachen (Germany)
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (Mexico)

The Interamerican Symposium on Feminist Intercultural Theology gathered a group of prominent feminist social scientists and U.S. Latinas and Latin American feminist theologians to deliberate about the epistemological and hermeneutical frameworks for a critical feminist theology that develops in intercultural terms. This event was highly significant for us because, for the first time in the history of the Americas, feminist theologians from the U.S. and from Latin America and the Caribbean came together to exchange common concerns and visions for the present and future of our theological activity. Thirteen countries were represented. Held entirely in the Spanish language, the symposium took place in Mexico City, from July 5 to 11, 2004, as a collaborative project with the Institute of Missiology Missio, of Aachen (Germany), and with the Iberoamericana University of Mexico City.

This project sought the following goals:

1) To critically analyze and understand the relationship of religion, culture, feminism and power for a feminist intercultural theology,

2) To establish a space for dialogue about the key conceptual frameworks and analytical categories to support a critical feminist theology in intercultural terms,

3) To seek resources for empowering the work of U.S. Latina and Latin American feminist theologians,

4) To contribute to the visibility of the critical feminist theological perspectives in our region,

5) To gather the reflections shared in essays to be published as a collective book.

The participants in this symposium deliberated on how a critical feminist theology framed in intercultural terms may contribute to the empowerment of the current democratic movements that seek to confront, critically and constructively the diverse–and often ambiguous and contested–processes of contemporary globalization. The organizing theme of this symposium was Feminist Intercultural Theology: Religion, Culture, Feminism, and Power . This theme was addressed through a participative-deliberative method that represented to us an epistemological rupture in that, moving away from a centralized and elitist way to produce knowledge, we all engaged in the theoretical activity as learners/teachers, compañeras/aprendices/maestras . All of us brought forth our plural wisdoms and recognized ourselves as a feminist Wisdom group for change and liberation.

The participants committed themselves to submit their first draft of essays by January, 2005. From January to May, 2005, the essays will be circulated among the participants for the purpose of facilitating transversal reading and the sharing of interpretative methods. The final draft of essays is to be submitted on May, 2005. The editors of the book are María Pilar Aquino and María José Rosado-Nunes.

Crucial to the positive development and outcome of this event was the preparatory phase which was conducted with extraordinary dedication, diligence, and efficiency by the local organizing team composed by Professors Christa Godínez, Mari Carmen Servitje, and María Laura Marique, of the Department of Religious Sciences of Iberoamericana University. Their work provided us with a clear sense of welcoming, safety, friendship, joy, and mutual support, while at the same time they made sure that flowers, music and computers were available to us. The diligent “behind the scenes” work done by Professors Orlando O. Espín and Gary Macy in all phases of this event also contributed greatly to its smooth development and outcome.

Participants in the 2004 Interamerican Feminist Theology Symposium were:

Prof. Clara Luz Ajo
Seminario Evangélico de Cuba, Matanzas (Cuba)

Prof. María Pilar Aquino
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (USA)

Prof. Nancy E. Bedford
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL (USA), and Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Prof. Geraldina Céspedes
Centro Audiovisual de Comunicación y Educación de Guatemala, and Núcleo Mujeres y Teología de Guatemala, Guatemala City (Guatemala), and Pontificia Universidad de Comillas, Madrid (Spain)

Prof. Christa P. Godínez Munguía
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (Mexico)

Prof. Michelle A. González
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FA (USA)

Prof. Sylvia Regina de Lima Silva
Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, and Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones, San José (Costa Rica)

Prof. Daisy L. Machado
Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (USA)

Prof. María Laura Manrique Nava
Comunidad Teológica de México, and Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (Mexico)

Prof. Maricel Mena López
Escola Superior de Teología, and Instituto Ecuménico de Estudos da Religião, São Leopoldo, (Brazil)

Prof. Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (USA)

Dr. Yury Puello Orozco
Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir, São Paulo, (Brazil)

Prof. Violeta Rocha Áreas
Facultad Evangélica de Estudio Teológicos, and Centro Inter-eclesial de Estudios Teológicos y Sociales, Managua (Nicaragua)

Prof. Jeanette Rodríguez
Seattle University, Seattle, WA (USA)

Prof. María del Carmen Servitje Montull
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (Mexico)

Prof. Olga Consuelo Vélez Caro
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá (Colombia)

Prof. María Cristina Ventura
Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, San José (Costa Rica)

Prof. María José Rosado-Nunes Fontelas
Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and Católicas Pelo Direito de Decidir, São Paulo, (Brazil)

Prof. Virginia Vargas
The “Flora Tristán” Center of Peruvian Women, Women for Democracy (MUDE), and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima (Peru)

Ms. Anthonia Beentjes
Centro de Migrantes Latinoamericanos/as, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Prof. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt
Institute of Missiology Missio, Aachen (Germany)

 

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