Hnn | HNN Articles

Women of Color Beyond Faith: Call for Submissions

 

A new anthology entitled “Women of Color Beyond Faith: Feminism, Freethought and Social Justice” is currently being developed and edited by Sikivu Hutchinson (pictured at right), president of Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, and Kimberly Veal (pictured at left), executive director of Black Non-Believers of Chicago. The anthology will address the dire need for scholarship, critical theory, and analysis of women of color non-believers, and women of color freethought and humanist traditions in the United States. Currently, there are no American book publications that address these issues from a multi-disciplinary standpoint.

Historically, women of color have been more religious than white women. According to the Pew Research Survey, at 87% and 85% respectively, African American and Latino women represent the largest and most committed group of believers in the United States. Women of color have long used the church as a vehicle for political organizing, coalition-building, social uplift, and personal growth. For many women of color, faith plays a huge role in therapeutic healing and emotional restoration. Bucking male dominated patriarchal institutions such as the Black Church, the Catholic Church, and Latino Pentecostal denominations, women of color have assumed leadership roles in faith-based movements.  Progressive religious traditions have informed women’s resistance to and complicity with the dominant culture; often providing a means of redressing the effects of racism, white supremacy, segregation, and economic injustice. 

The absence of alternative secular spaces and sites of political agency in communities of color is directly related to race, class, income, wealth, and geographic inequities.  Because of these factors, secular community organizing has not been an avenue that women of color could pursue in any significant numbers. Consequently, there is very little documentation of early women of color freethinkers, atheists or humanists in the U.S. What little scholarship has been done focuses narrowly on the Harlem Renaissance and, to a far lesser extent, the civil rights and Black Power movement eras. While the work of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, and Alice Walker offer rich insight into the world view of African American humanist women writers, Larsen and Hurston have virtually no contemporaries in either academia or the literary world. Nonetheless, women of color have emerged as some of the strongest voices in American atheism. 

This anthology will offer an important corrective to this lacuna. Going beyond basic questions of the challenges women of color non-believers face, it will articulate a vision of humanist social and gender justice that is firmly situated in the politics of anti-racism, anti-heterosexism, and anti-imperialism. The essays in this collection will address some of the following questions:

1. How do feminist and humanist social thought converge?
2. What is the historical scope of women of color secularism?
3. What are the historical tensions between white/European American feminism and women of color feminism, especially as they pertain to humanism and secularism?
4. How do women of color secularists coalition-build across lines of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion?
5. What tensions exist between women of color feminism, the Black Church, the Catholic Church and other religious institutions?
6. How can humanism be made culturally relevant and what does humanist education look like in K-12 contexts?
7. How can secular and humanist pedagogies redress institutional heterosexism and hetero-normativity
8. What role do freethought, humanism and/or atheism play in articulating lesbian/same gender loving and queer women of color subjectivities?
9. What role do humanism and secularism play in reproductive justice in communities of color?
10. How can a humanist stance inform struggles against economic injustice and racial segregation?

Hutchinson and Veal are seeking abstracts of approximately 500 words by September 30, 2013. All are welcome to submit an abstract and bio to shutch2396@aol.com by the deadline. For more information, contact Sikivu Hutchinson at the email address above.

blog comments powered by Disqus

American Humanist Association

Only 5 more days until ReAsonCon 2015. Get your tickets today! Visit the link be...

19 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Seculars have been quiet and invisible as a demographic for too long, but Openly...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss the upcoming annual BSIC panel discussion entitled “Imagining the Fut...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

We’re featuring new comics this week by Polyp Cartoonist! For more great comics...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

What would Molly Ringwald say about privacy? Should a student attending a privat...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Luis Granados explains why Ayaan Hirsi is wrong about Islamic reform in his revi...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA legal director David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming Am...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week, AHA staff member Jessica Xiao interviewed Lynn Rothschild, senior sci...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today is Ask an Atheist Day! Have a question about atheism, humanism, or non-bel...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Could we see an open Humanist in Congress in 2016? It seems Maryland Senator Jam...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on The Humanist Hour #146: A Conversation with Lisa Montoya, Seminary...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you are shopping for that special la...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

The world's most and least religious countries.

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Shortly after we ensure that teachers won't pass out Bibles to their students at...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Robert Ray, President of Humanists of North Puget Sound, delivered a humanist in...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss Kelly Carlin, daughter of atheist comedian George Carlin, at AHA's 74...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

What should the humanist response to terrorism be? Clay Farris Naff has some pro...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Are you a high school or college student interested in joining us at our 74th an...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

"Let us give a toast to Christopher Hitchens on what would have been his 66th bi...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

After a letter from our Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a public school distric...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

It's time for another episode of the Cartoon History of Humanism!

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Thank Godfolk It’s Friday! Religious Funnies from around the World!

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Secular Coalition for America will hold its annual Lobby Day & Secular Summi...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 52 percent of Americans support allowi...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

School nurse refuses care for kid who opted out of Pledge. AHA to the rescue!

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

What will the world's religious landscape look like in 2050?

12 days ago