The Virgin Mary, while not the only devotion that travels with transnational migrants, is an important one. While for the Catholic Church there is only one Mary, for her devotees, the specificities of her apparitions and manifestations in highly localized settings are central to their faith in her. Further, while many transnational migrants are willing or obliged to leave much of their past lives behind, the Virgin Mary often accompanies them wherever they go, and devotional practices are constantly reimagined in diasporic spaces throughout the Americas. How do religious practices travel across borders? What happens when a figure of devotion such as the Virgin Mary in one of her many local manifestations replicates herself to accompany devotees from a location as they migrate transnationally?
The working group is composed of scholars, artists and activists from throughout the Americas. Many of the participants in this working group have been exploring the intersection of migration and devotion as manifest in art, activism and performative remappings.
If you are interested in joining the Virgnes Viajeras / Traveling Virgins Working Group, contact Alyshia Gálvez.