The Future of Women’s Studies in Religion in the Academy of Religion

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The future of feminist the*log/ies and the discipline of women’s studies in religion is at an important crossroads. In the academy, we are now an established voice. Unlike in the past, women of diverse colors, ethnic backgrounds, classes, sexual orientations and more are now published. Subsequently, their theories, methodologies, praxis’ and paradigms are slowly infiltrating secular and religious dominant male discourses in the academy and on a grassroots level. In this way, it is a time of potential and possibility for women in our field. At the same time, we need to be astutely aware that patriarchal sensibilities continue to morph and take different forms. Thus, it is critical for women across disciplines and ages to translate and discern the relevance of feminism in our respective scholarship and times. The reality is that are foremothers are aging. Blessed be, in a forty-year period, they/we have accomplished So much. As a junior scholar I am more and more mindful that I am the protégée of many women in our field, from Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, to Margaret Miles, Mary Hunt and more recently Rosemary Radford Ruether, Zayn Kassam and April Mayes. Reflective of Elisabeth I did a her-story feminist reconstruction project on the life and writings of seventeenth-century prototypical feminist Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Reflective of Rosemary’s ecofeminist sensibilities I argue that de la Cruz is also a proto-typical ecofeminist. To date, I am also interested in egalitarian feminist pedagogies and an ecofeminist curriculum reflective of both of these scholars. For me, the future of women’s studies in religion is at an important crossroads. In this regard, I believe that our individual and collective energy/ies and choices in our discipline need to be strategic. At the same time, these choices need to be intergenerational as well. There is no time to reinvent the wheel that are foremothers have so faithfully and graciously fought for us so that we can engage in this important work. In this light, their legacies live on in me/us. This holy work needs to be taken very seriously if the future of women’s studies in religion is to continue to challenge and thrive in an academy that so desperately needs our voice.

 

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    Biografía. | Papel en blanco. said:
    December 1, 2013 at 6:04 am

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