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2017 Cole Lectures with Daisy L. Machado
Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2017 Cole Lectures to be delivered by Daisy L. Machado,” Of Marginal Identities and Heterotopic Saints: Lived Religion in the Borderlands.”
The term “borderlands” has become commonplace and is now a multi-vocal term used to describe much more than the U.S. Latinx border reality. Today’s borderlands don’t have to be geographically located in the southwestern U.S. and the 21st century Latinx borderlands are understood as places where culture, race, identity, and religion intersect in complicated and even violent ways. These lectures will examine what lived religion looks like in these borderlands with a focus on how religion crosses borders, in this case, how marginal people bring with them beliefs in what some call “pseudo-saints” further complicating the practices of lived religion in marginal Latinx communities. One such “pseudo-saint” is Santa Muerte, an example of the “unorthodox religiosity” found in Mexico that has crossed the border into major U.S. cities and communities. We will look at the connections between marginality and belief as expressed in the veneration of this “heterotopic saint,” Santa Muerte.