I’ll be traveling to Harvard Divinity school this fall for the ‘Ways of Knowing’ Conference. The following panel was accepted for inclusion at the conference, a panel that two other Latina colleagues and I created. I wanted to share it with you.
Panel Title: Latina Feminist Intercultural Epistemologies
Panel Description: The landmark First Inter-American Symposium on Feminist Intercultural Theology gathered together scholars from across the Americas in Mexico City during the summer of 2004 to re-envision knowledge production as a liberatory, inclusive, pluralistic, and transcultural praxis. Their experience of crossing language, borders, class divisions, race, ethnicity, and position within the academy resulted in a clarion call to reclaim excluded sources of wisdom, embracing multifaceted understandings of truth. Our panel responds to their call for a contemporary intercultural dialogue that undermines hegemonic theoethical constructions by proposing a range of Latina Feminist Intercultural Epistemologies. We seek to re-imagine wisdom through embodiment, Diaspora, and the queer(y)ing of spiritual practices. With this in mind, this panel seeks to engage in the intersections of interculturality and epistemology. We believe that space is a feature to understanding interculturality, and that the ways in which we produce knowledge and come to know are often dictated by the spaces in which we engage.
This panel creates an opening for adding voices to the existing work in Latina Feminism’s Interculturality. The first paper seeks to theorize mestizaje as both body and place, and identifies it as the ‘cusp’ of interculturality. The second paper looks at epistemological approaches, which include the composition of the “hard nucleus” of the Mesoamerican cosmovision, allowing for the unfolding of multivalent meanings of gender. The third paper situates the intersections of Womanist and Latina Feminist particularist approaches to theoethical epistemology in Diaspora, reclaiming AfroLatina identities as the space where our MotherWit and Sabiduría (wisdom) are united. These three papers position themselves in the company of “Latina explorations for a just world.”