AAR Session Info
Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
San Diego, CA
Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group
Theme: Third Wave Womanism: Mapping the New Terrain of Identity through Discourse
Pamela Lightsey, Boston University, Presiding
Third wave womanism is a new movement within religious studies with roots in the tradition of womanist religious thought – while maintaining departures from it. The third wave includes scholars of various races, genders and orientations whose scholarship includes, invokes, or affects the religious experiences of black women in direct and indirect ways. In what ways does the use of wave theory both assist and obscure the generational rifts of womanist religious scholarship, creating a competitive generational model? Thus, the question surrounding third wave womanism is not only ‘what is it?’ but ‘how does another wave contribute to the future of womanist religious thought?’ This panel highlights the robust range of identity and difference that characterize third wave discourse while bringing a range theoretical and methodological perspectives and expertise to the conversation. The panel will also discuss Monica A. Coleman’s new book on third wave womanism (Fortress Press, 2013).