Conference: States of Devotion: Religion, Neoliberalism and the Politics of the Body in the Americas

Thursday, November 4 – Friday, November 5, 2010

States-of-Devotion_conference_270pxThis conference will examine the changing role of religious discourses and practices in the wake of the transformations wrought by neoliberal globalization upon communities, societies and polities across the Hemisphere.  The event will include panel presentations, plenary discussions, a photo exhibit, and a performance cabaret.

Confirmed participants include:

Ana Amuchástegui (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana), Roberto J. Blancarte (Colegio de México), Susana Cook (Independent artist), Rafael de la Dehesa (City University of New York), Emerson Giumbelli (Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro), Marcial Godoy-Anativia (New York University), Macarena Gómez-Barris (University of Southern California), Janet Jakobsen (Barnard College), Peter Kulchyski (University of Manitoba), Leda Martins (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University), Bethany Moreton (University of Georgia), Kemy Oyarzún (Universidad de Chile), Ann Pellegrini (New York University), Anthony Petro (New York University), Reverend Billy (The Church of Life After Shopping), Jesusa Rodríguez (Resistencia Creativa), Pablo Semán (IDES/Colegio de México), Peggy Shaw (Split Britches), Winnifred Sullivan (University of Buffalo), Diana Taylor (New York University), Moysés Zúñiga Santiago (Independent photojournalist)

Conference Program (PDF)

The event will take place on November 4–5, 2010 at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.  To guarantee a seat, please RSVP to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than November 1, 2010.

  • Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
  • 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
  • New York, NY 10003
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Co-sponsored by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and underwritten by generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.