Academia Americana de Religião (AAR)

Nos dias 1-3 de Novembro estarei participando da Reunião Anual da Academia Americana de Religião em Chigado, onde apresentarei os seguintes trabalhos:

Theological Fagotting with Frida Kahlo’s La Venadita – Applying Queer Methodology from a Brazilian Perspective

A1-233 - Sábado 01/11, 1:00-3:30 pm
Queer Theory and LGBT Studies in Religion Consultation
Theme: Queering Culture(s)

The paper applies Queer Theory to the analysis of Frida Kahlo’s painting La Venadita, developing a methodology of theological fagotting. The starting point is the identification of the character of the painting (a deer) with Brazilian gay men. “Deer” - in Portuguese “veado” (equivalent to the English word “faggot”) - has been used as a derogatory label to diminish and discriminate gay men. It then moves on to establish multiple identifications with the painting, such as the reference to Saint Sebastian and the homoerotic devotion to him in Brazil, the pain expressed though the arrows in its flesh and homophobic violence, but also with the painter, such as her gender and sexual transgressions and her syncretic and holistic worldview. Finally, the paper discusses the methodological and epistemological contributions from applying Queer Theory to the process of analysis, described as “theological fagotting”.

What if the Prodigal Son were gay? – Debating Masculinity from Luke 15

A2-220 - 02/11, 1:00-3:30 pm
Gay Men’s Issues in Religion Group
Theme: The Construction of Maleness and Masculinity in Diasporic and Post-Queer Contexts

The paper approaches the biblical text of Luke 15.11-32 seeking to discuss the relationships that take place between the three men: the father and the youngest and oldest sons. It reviews the history of interpretation of the text making explicit how much has been read into the text as an exercise of the interpreters’ imagination, although they don’t acknowledge it. In order to re-read the text, it is analyzed mirrored by the experience of a gay man, Henrique, and his process of constructing his sexual and social identity. Through this re-reading, the traditional merciful image of the father, the irresponsible and sinner image of the youngest son and the accusatory and jealous image of the oldest son are put into question and their roles and relationships considered in relation to issues of masculinity and the debate between the fields of Men and Gay Men Studies in Religion.

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