Conveners: Ann Pellegrini, Anthony Petro, Benjamin Berger, Daniel Jones, Juan Marco Vaggione, Lois Lorentzen, Lori Beaman, Marcial Godoy
This Teach-In brings together participants from a multi-year initiative on Religion and Politics in the Americas supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The core focus of the initiative is to examine the ways in which “religion” has become a key node in interactions between bodies, populations, and neoliberal governance throughout the Americas. Participants will raise questions regarding the legal, social, and political mechanisms through which religious diversity is being managed in the Americas, and the ways these mechanisms reshape the work of scholars and policy practitioners across the region.
Ann Pellegrini teaches Performance Studies & Religious Studies at NYU, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Recent books include Secularisms (co-editor Janet Jakobsen) & “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People (coauthors Michael Bronski & Michael Amico). She enjoys show tunes.
Anthony Petro is a historian of North American religion, gender, and sexuality and Assistant Professor at Boston University. His project, After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, & American Religion, investigates the history of American religious participation in the AIDS epidemic and its role in the promotion of a national moral discourse on sex.
Benjamin L. Berger is Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Graduate Faculty member in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. He is incoming Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Journal of Law and Society, edits Constitutional Systems of the World (Hart Publishing), and convenes the Osgoode Colloquium on Law, Religion & Social Thought.
Daniel Jones researches sexuality, religion, and politics in Latin America. His current focus is the intervention of Evangelical churches in debates on sexuality and reproduction in Argentina. Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Researcher at the Argentinean National Council of Science and Technology, and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.
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.
Lois Ann Lorentzen is Co-Director of the Center for Latina/o Studies at the University of San Francisco (USA). She is the author of Etica Ambiental, editor of the forthcoming three-volume series on undocumented migrants, Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States. Her research interests are immigration, gender, and environmental activism.
Lori G Beaman, PhD is Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, Director of the Religion and Diversity Project (religionanddiversity.ca), and Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Research preoccupations include deep equality and the navigation of religious difference.