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PSR Dean Dr. Susan Abraham to Speak at Black Theologies of Liberation & Racial Justice Conference

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco is hosting three days of reflections on Black Theologies of Liberation and the future of religious resistance to racial oppression. With the passing in 2018 of James H. Cone and Katie G. Cannon, the time has come to assess first- and second-generation Black Theologies in light of the growing social movements for Black Lives. This meeting brings together leading voices in Black Theology, Catholic and Protestant, as well as conversation partners in adjacent theological fields, and community activists from around the Bay Area. We will assess a new generation of social movements—womanist/feminist, queer-positive, anti-racist, anti-capitalist—in light of Black U.S., African, and Afro-diasporan theology.

At 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, PSR’s Dean Dr. Susan Abraham will be participating on a panel discussion with Teresia Hinga and SimonMary Aihiokhai discussing “Black Theology & Womanist/Feminist/Queer Justice.” The title of Dr. Abraham’s paper is “Intersections and Crossroads in Political Alliances.”

Abstract: In this paper, I want to ask a question about alliance. How can Black, Brown, White womanists, feminists and queer thinkers forge a political practice of alliance? Early Black Feminist thought emphasized “intersectionality” as a critical term for emancipatory Black politics. In more recent assessments, this term has been challenged, in view of US nationalist rhetorics against immigrants. Unfortunately, these challenges can take on anti-Black undertones. This paper sketches the contours of this debate, pointing to the necessity of forging ahead with alliances against racism.

This event will be held on the USF campus in Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall. 

The panel conversation follows a keynote address by Dr. M. Shawn Copeland. The conference also features Bryan Massingale, Karen Baker-Fletcher, Stan Chu Ilo, and several others.

There is no cost for the event. Complete information and registration here.