Friday, January 13, 2017

Primer Encuentro Iberoamericano de Teologia -- February 6-10, 2017

Boston College will host what is being billed as the First Ibero-American Theology Encounter on the theme "Present and Future of an Inculturated Ibero-American Theology in Times of Globalization, Interculturality and Exclusion." The meeting, which is mostly closed to the general public, will be held February 6-10, 2017, and participants include:

  • Omar César Albado (Argentina)
  • Virginia Azcuy (Argentina)
  • Luis Aranguren Gonzalo (Spain)
  • Agenor Brighenti (Brazil)
  • Harvey Cox (USA)
  • José Carlos Caamaño (Argentina)
  • Víctor Codina SJ (Bolivia)
  • Emilce Cuda (Argentina)
  • Allan Figueroa-Deck SJ (USA)
  • Mario Ángel Flores (Mexico)
  • Carlos María Galli (Argentina)
  • José Ignacio González Faus SJ (Spain)
  • Roberto Goizueta (USA)
  • Gustavo Gutiérrez OP (Peru)
  • Michael Lee (USA)
  • Rafael Luciani (Venezuela)
  • María Clara Lucchetti (Brazil)
  • Carmen Márquez Beunsa (Spain)
  • Cesare Del Mastro (Peru)
  • Carlos Mendoza OP (Mexico)
  • Patricio Merino (Chile)
  • Humberto Ortiz (Peru)
  • Hosffman Ospino (USA)
  • Félix Palazzi (Venezuela)
  • Nancy Pineda-Madrid (USA)
  • Luis Guillermo Sarasa SJ (Colombia)
  • Juan Carlos Scannone SJ (Argentina)
  • Carlos Schickendantz (Argentina)
  • María del Pilar Silveira (Uruguay)
  • Ahída Pilarski (Peru)
  • Gilles Routhier (Canada)
  • Jon Sobrino SJ (El Salvador)
  • Roberto Tomichá OFM Conv (Bolivia)
  • Pedro Trigo SJ (Venezuela)
  • Gabino Uríbarri SJ (Spain)
  • Ernesto Valiente (El Salvador)
  • Gonzalo Zarazaga SJ (Argentina)
  • Olga Consuelo Velez (Colombia)
  • Raúl Zegarra (Peru)
Also invited are Venezuelan Cardinal Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo (Mérida)and Bishop Raúl Biord Castillo (La Guaira)


The conference, which is being jointly organized by theologians Rafael Luciani (Venezuela, currently teaching at BC), Juan Carlos Scannone SJ (Argentina), Carlos Galli (Argentina) and Félix Palazzi (Venezuela), will include one free public session on Wednesday, February 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Boston College's Robsham Theater. That session, titled "Towards an Ibero-American Theology", will feature the well-known liberation theologians Gustavo Gutierrez and Jon Sobrino, and "teología del pueblo" scholar Juan Carlos Scannone. "Teología del pueblo" ["Theology of the People"] is the Argentinian theology current associated with Pope Francis. The session will be moderated by Thomas Groome, a professor of theology and religious education at BC. Professors Rafael Luciani and Thomas Stegman will also offer some remarks.


The rest of the program is private but it has been posted online in Spanish. Here are some of the presentations planned:

  • "The challenge of the poor in a globalized world 50 years after the Council" by Gustavo Gutierrez
  • "Living and dying, especially in Latin America" by Jon Sobrino
  • "Inequality and exclusion in Latin America: problem and proposals" by Humberto Ortiz, an economist
  • "Geographic and existential peripheries: Challenges for theology" by Consuelo Vélez
  • "Talking about God in times of globalization" by Luis Guillermo Sarasa
  • "Towards a theological collaboration with Pope Francis' ministry" by Juan Carlos Scannone
  • "Theology and politics in Latin America today" by Emilce Cuda
  • "Church reform in the current pontificate in the light of Vatican II" by Carlos Schickendantz
  • "The new relationship between geopolitics and ministry" by Rafael Luciani
  • "The challenge of interculturality for ministry and theology" by Agenor Brighenti
  • "Interculturality and the challenge of the migratory phenomenon in Europe" by Carmen Márquez Beunsa
  • "Interculturality and mission in Latin America" by Roberto Tomichá
  • "Theology and the New Evangelization" by Mons. Raúl Biord Castillo
  • "Present situation and challenges of Latino theology in the current global context in Pope Francis' time" by Roberto Goizueta
  • "Feminist perspective of Latin American theology" by Nancy Pineda-Madrid
  • "Toward a political theology from the Latino perspective" by Michael E. Lee
  • "The challenge of practical ecclesiology in an intercultural context" by Hosffman Ospino
Participants will also be having special sessions with students and faculty at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, and Mass with representatives of Hispanic social and religious movements in Boston.

Concluding this "sneak preview," we would like to say that we hope that, given the restricted nature of this gathering but the popularity of the participants and subject matter, the organizers will seriously consider making the materials available over the Internet to the rest of us after the conference, whether online videos or PDFs of major papers or both.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I Congreso Continental de Teología Feminista: March 1-3, 2017

The Cátedra de Teología Feminista Carmen Montull Vallés is sponsoring the 1st Feminist Theology Continental Congress on March 1-3, 2017, at the Universidad Iboamericana in Mexico City. Registration for the conference is 300 pesos. The conference will be in Spanish.

The theme of this first conference is violence against women. As the conference website states: "Violence towards women's bodies has become more acute in recent times. This fact has repercussions in the dehumanization of people and social injustice in Latin America. Hence the Cátedra de Teología Feminista has proposed making a critical analysis of the genealogy of violence and promoting feminist theology as a political tool based on the values of the gospel." And it states that the objective is "identifying the genealogy of power and mechanisms of violence in the political-religious space to liberate women's bodies."


March 1
  • 8:30-9:15 Registration
  • 9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks by David Fernández -- Rector of Universidad Iberoamericana, Dr. Luis Macías -- Director of the Department of Religion, and Prof. Mari Carmen Servitje, President of the Cátedra de Teología Feminista
  • 9:30-10:30 1st Lecture: "Critical genealogy of violence towards bodies" by Dr. Norma Morandini. Moderator: Ms. Conchita Flores
  • 10:30-10:45 Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:45 1st Panel: "Suffering Bodies" -- Points of intersection between voices, experiences and pains that seek another explanation of the present and possible futures. Speakers: Julia Monárrez (researcher), Maricel Mena (theologian), Lucía Lagunes (journalist). Moderator: Prof. Gerardo Cortés.
  • 11:45-12:45 Conversation 1: Trivialization of the damage inflicted on women's bodies. Coordinator: Prof. Elvia González. Speakers: Julia Estela Monárrez, Citlalin Ulloa (sociogist). Other participants to be confirmed.
  • 13:00- 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00-16:00 2nd Lecture: "The beliefs of feminism" by Dr. Marta Lamas. Moderator: Marisa Noriega.
  • 16:00-17:00 2nd Panel: Anthropology and theology of women's bodies. Speakers: Saúl Espino (historian), Marilú Rojas (theologian), Steffan Igor Ayora (anthropologist). Moderator: Prof. María Andrea González.
  • 17:00-17:15 Break
  • 17:15-18:30 Conversation 2: Cultural, political and religious devaluation of the terms "gender" and "feminism." Coordinator: Ms. Martha González. Speakers: Ivone Gebara, Marta Lamas, Helena Varela. Presenter: Dr. Miguel Ángel Sánchez.
March 2
  • 9:15-9:30 Introduction of the Cátedra. Ms. María Laura Manrique.
  • 9:30-10:30 3rd Lecture: "Towards liberation from violence" by Dr. María Pilar Aquino. Moderator: Dr. Carlos Mendoza.
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-11:45 3rd Panel: Critical genealogy of violence towards women's bodies. Speakers: Gloria Prado (Letters), Teresa Lartigue (psychoanalyst), Ivone Gebara (theologian). Moderator: Prof. Adriana Martínez.
  • 11:45-12:45 Conversation 3: Patriarchy and the economics of exclusion. Coordinator: Dr. Edwin Culp. Speakers: Alberto Athié, Norma "la Patrona", Saskia Niño de Rivera. Presenter: Dr. Karen Cordero.
  • 13:00- 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00-16:00 4th Lecture: "Prostitution and human trafficking" by Ms. Lydia Cacho. Moderator: Prof. Lucila Servitje.
  • 16:00-17:00 4th Panel: 'Daily life is political' -- liberation as a paradigm of resistance of women in Mexico. Speakers: Lydia Cacho (journalist), Norma Morandini (journalist), Dolores González (SERAPAZ). Moderator: Prof. Gabriela Juárez.
  • 17:00-17:15 Break
  • 17:15-18:15 Conversation 4: Gender - towards non-hegemonic masculinities. Coordinator: Dr. José Legorreta Speakers: Juan Guillermo Figueroa, Ángel Méndez, Cirilo Rivera. Presenter: Ms. Ruth Casas
March 3
  • 9:15-9:30 Presentation of Cátedra's publication. Cátedra Academic Committee.
  • 9:30-10:30 5th Panel: The contribution of feminist theory and theology to critical awareness and political involvement. Speakers: Oliva Espín (psychologist), Ricardo Bucio (political scientist), Ma. Pilar Aquino (theologian). Moderator: Prof. José Guadalupe Sánchez
  • 10:30-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:00 5th Lecture: "The body as a political-religious space" by Dr. Ivone Gebara. Moderator: Prof. Mari Carmen Servitje.
  • 12:00- 12:30 Tribute to Dr. Ivone Gebara.
  • 12:30-13:30 Performance.
  • 13:30-14:30 Closing reception.

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