An Interdisciplinary Symposium
March 19-21, 2015
University of the Incarnate Word
Sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, UIW Office of Mission & Ministry, and The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
This interdisciplinary symposium will honor the history, development, and legacy of Las Hermanas, a grassroots Latina movement formed 40 years ago to challenge and change the church and its role in society. We encourage papers that will explore Las Hermanas and parallel religious-political movements, examining how they drew from the resources of both Catholicism and their larger cultural contexts to promote social justice within the church and beyond. More broadly, we welcome contributions that address the question of how religious traditions and other institutions are embodied, challenged, and transformed. In the words of biblical scholar Fr. Carlos Mesters, “We may start from different points, but we arrive together. The struggle is one struggle.”
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
Paper proposals from all interested participants are welcome. Alternative presentation formats are also encouraged (incorporating art, movement, audience participation, etc.). Proposals should be approximately 350 words in length, and include a summary of the paper’s purpose, themes, and relationship to existing scholarship. Please submit your proposal and a copy of your CV by email to Adrienne Ambrose (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 30, 2015. Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 9, 2015. Due to the tight schedule, submission deadlines are firm.
The University of the Incarnate Word is located in San Antonio, and is the largest Catholic university in Texas. The school was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and its continued commitment to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition is a tribute to the enduring spirit of the sisters.
Questions can be addressed to members of the 2015 Las Hermanas Symposium Committee:
Adrienne Ambrose, Ph.D. (chair) email@example.com
Horacio Vela III firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. email@example.com