REL 115
Latina Feminist Spiritualities Fall 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed LATS 115 / WGSS 115
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Self-proclaimed feminist activists, who hail from a variety of ethnic Latina/o/x/e (Latine) backgrounds, have often appealed to “ancestral” and “spiritual traditions” as integral to their activism and commitments. Some Latine feminists turned to “spiritual” traditions including brujería/witchcraft; curanderismo and Indigenous healing traditions; Santería/Lukumí and other AfroDiasporic traditions; astrology; home altars; various “mystical” traditions such as Kabbalah and Sufism, as well as Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Others have turned to the appropriation of “Eastern” traditions such as yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism. This course engages students in an intensive introduction to some of the varieties of Latine feminist thought and contexts, including how activists, writers, and artists think about women, gender, sexuality, race, class, colonialism, the earth, healing, and a better world. How do these feminists of different Latine backgrounds and contexts imagine a better world? How and why do they appeal to spiritual traditions as a source of wisdom, healing, and lived practice for a better world? In this course, we seek to understand both particular Latine feminist spiritual practices on their own terms, as well as why such writers and activists appeal to “the spiritual” in Latine contexts. We will also consider how they frame notions of “the spiritual” in relationship to notions of “the religious” and “the secular.”
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1215
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Grading is based on 5-6 page papers written on alternating weeks and brief 1-2 page response papers shared on alternating weeks as well as participation and two paper revisions.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, religion majors, first-year students interested in Latina/o Studies and/or religion
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 115 Division II REL 115 Division II WGSS 115 Division II
WS Notes: Grading is based on alternating weeks writing a lead paper and other weeks writing a brief response paper. This course will require students to write regularly and revise two of their lead papers for grades.
DPE Notes: This course examines how Latine feminists have responded to a variety of differential power inequities, especially in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, language, and class. It also considers the ways they have imagined better and more equitable worlds, and with what consequences they have done so.
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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