AARWR Women's Caucus
Group photo from the 2012 Women's Caucus Pre-Conference Event
What's Happening in the Women's Caucus?
2017 Women's Caucus Pre-conference Event
Theme: Intersectionality, Solidarity, and Mindful Attention: A Presentation and Discussion about De-humanization, Dignity, Community Sustainability, and Ultimately Flourishing
Women’s Caucus Pre-conference Event
American Academy of Religion, Western Region
Friday, March 17, 2017
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
University of the West, Rosemead, California
Special Guest Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), Co-author (with Susan Smalley, PhD) of “Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness” (2010)
Sarah Robinson-Bertoni, Ecology and Religion Co-Chair and Women’s Caucus Chair and Liaison to the Board, American Academy of Religion, Western Region
This global, national, and local historical moment presents particular challenges, which may be transformed and engaged actively through cultivating understanding of intersectionality, solidarity, and mindful attention. With respect to our Buddhist hosts at the University of the West and the broader AAR Western Region conference theme of “Religion, Race, and Racism,” this interactive presentation will offer time for quiet reflection, active discussion, and scholarly engagement with aspects of this historical moment that call for moral leadership. The tri-partite themes can contribute toward navigating a moral compass toward greater respect for human dignity, ecological wholeness, and attentiveness to those most marginalized and victimized. As much of Women’s Studies in Religion has shown, scholarship is not value-free, but rather can be part of a larger arc of work toward worthwhile goals of compassion, justice, and the inextricably linked health of all human beings and our irreplaceable, living world, prioritizing the need to attend to the concrete, lived realities of those who suffer most.
Please RSVP to Sarah Robinson-Bertoni. The AAR Western Region Women’s Caucus event is free and welcomes people of all genders to participate in this restorative work. Registration will be available at the door, but RSVP by March 11 is much appreciated.
2018 Theme - Ecology, Women, and Religion
AARWR Women's Caucus Mission
The mission of the Women's Caucus is to provide a forum where women, their allies and those they are allied to can support and encourage one another as we create dialogue, honor difference, listen and learn, challenge and be challenged, and discover together what justice we can create.
We are dedicated to the advancement of women inside and outside of the academy, giving special attention to women's voices in the field of religion and the challenges diverse women of our region face.
Towards these ends, the Women's Caucus hosts a pre-conference event each year at the AARWR Annual Meeting and a business meeting. We are currently working to create more opportunities for ongoing participation and collaboration within the caucus.
If you have any questions or would like to learn how you can be involved with the Women's Caucus please do not hesitate to contact the current Women's Caucus Liaison Sarah Robinson-Bertoni.
Past Pre-Conference Events
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Grounding the Future of Religious Studies at the Regional and National Level”
Mixer and Panel, Caucus Collaboration
Location: Aloft Hotel Tucson University
Max Strassfeld, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, History of Sexuality, and Religious Studies Theory and Method, University of Arizona, Judaic Studies, Institute for LGBT Studies; Member of the Status of LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer) Persons in the Profession AAR Working Group
Elizabeth Ursic, Professor of Religious Studies, Mesa Community College, Co-chair of the national-level Women’s Caucus of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literatures
Roy Whitaker, Professor of American Religious Diversity, San Diego State University
Co-sponsored by the Women’s Caucus, Queer Caucus, and the Graduate Student Professional Development Unit
Catering generously sponsored by the AAR Western Region Board and Anonymous Donors. Mixer hosted in collaboration with the Southwest Symposium for Contemplative Pedagogies
Please note: For the 2016 conference, this collaborative evening event replaced the Women’s Caucus pre-conference workshop and the Queer View film event, both of which usually occur as separate pre-conference events on Friday.
2015 Women’s Caucus/ Queer Caucus Collaborative Pre-Conference Workshop: Who “Gets” to be a Feminist Now?
Not everyone has been included in the label “feminism” historically, nor does everyone want to be. Yet, the word feminism has far reaching political implications in society, popular culture, the schools that we attend/ at which we teach, etc.. Asking “Who ‘gets’ to be a feminist now,” the WC and QC hope to interrogate not only the meaning of feminist identity, but also the ways in which we practice and define our own work for justice-making, 'feminist' or not.
Who ‘gets’ to fight for particular visions of justice, why, and how? What does the “fight” look like today? What does it look like in our region? Who or what sets these standards, and how does this impact the work that we do?
2014 "Inheriting Our Mother’s Gardens": Trans/lating, Trans/planting and Tran/forming Life
Moderator, Theresa Yugar, Claremont Graduate University
Introduction: Sakena Young-Scaggs, Arizona State University
Robin Owens, Mount Saint Mary's College
April Frykenberg, Claremont Graduate University
Jung Ja (Joy) Yu, Claremont School of Theology
Ann Hidalgo, Claremont School of Theology
2013 Translating Feminist Theory into Praxis: Strategies for Grassroots Movement and Collaboration among Allied Communities
Moderator, Theresa Yugar, Claremont Graduate University
Cristina Rose Smith, California Institute of Integral Studies
"Bioregionalism and Collaboration: Allies in the Ventura County Grassroots Community."
Michelle Marie Haayes, California State University, Long Beach
"First and Third World Women Making Contributions Beyond Borders"
Fr. Guillermo Garcia, Mount Saint Mary's College
"Negotiating Hospitality: Collaboration with Groups Working for Social Justice"
2012 Living Texts: Celebrating Feminist Perspectives on Theo/alogy, Authority, and the Sacred in the Academy
Moderators, Theresa Yugar and Sara Frykenberg
Session 1: Student Perspectives
Corinna Guerrero, Graduate Theological Union
Elise M. Edwards, Claremont Graduate University
Amanda Pumphrey, Claremont Graduate University
Session 2: Diverse Professional Perspectives
Souad T. Ali, Arizona State University
Alka Arora, California Institute of Integral Studies
Sara Frykenberg, Mount Saint Mary's College
2011 Defining Feminism Across Generations
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