Conveners: Ann Pellegrini and Juan Marco Vaggione


This permanent work group convenes participants from a multi-year initiative on Religion and Politics in the Americas supported by the Luce Foundation. The core focus is to examine the legal, social, and biopolitical mechanisms through which religious diversity is managed in the Americas, and how these mechanisms are reshaping the work of scholars and policy practitioners across the region. The group seeks to develop a vocabulary capable of speaking across boundaries and to elaborate more precise research questions in order to better comprehend the transnational processes driving changes in the place and role of religion in the public sphere.

Convener Biographies:


Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Her interests include affect and the performance of everyday life, psychoanalysis and culture, and religion, sexuality, and US public life. Her books include Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race; Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (coauthored with Janet R. Jakobsen); and "You Can Tell Just By Looking" and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People (coauthored with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico).  

Juan Marco Vaggione holds PhDs in Law and Sociology. He is currently teaches and conducts research at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. His areas of specialization and publication are the links between religion and sexual politics, as well as the status of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America.

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