The Ethics and Erotics of Religion


Licia Fiol- Matta, Barnard College (moderator)


José Muñoz NYU, “La Lupe, Fever and Fervor: Latina Affect and Religosity.”
Ann Pellegrini
NYU, "Testimonial Sexuality, or, Structures of Religious Feeling."
Agnes Lugo- Ortiz University of Chicago, “Spectacles of Religiosity: Bodies, Violence and Representation in Slaveholding Cuba."


Licia Fiol-Matta is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Latin America Cultures at Barnard College. Her recent book, Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral, was published in 2002.

José Esteban Muñoz is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at NYU. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. He is finishing two new books, one on Latinos and emotion titled Feeling Brown and the other on utopia.

Ann Pellegrini has recently joined the faculty of New York University, where she is an Associate Professor in Religious Studies and Performance Studies. She is the author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997) and co-author of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (NYU Press, 2003). Her co-edited anthology Queer Theory and the Jewish Question will be published by Columbia University Press in the fall. She co-edits the lesbian and gay studies book series "Sexual Cultures" at New York University Press.

Agnes Lugo-Ortíz, a native of Puerto Rico, holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University. Her work focuses on 19th Century Spanish American Literature; 20th Century Caribbean Cultural History; and Gay and Lesbian Studies. Formerly at Dartmouth, she has recently accepted a position as Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Chicago.