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Godfull: Shape Shifting God as Queer
A performative symposium commissioned by The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice and convened by Artist-in-Residence Carlos Motta and Jared Gilbert

Fri, 12 Apr, 2013 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Participants: Lovett/Codagnone, Darnell L. Moore, Ernesto Pujol, Robert Sember, Samita Sinha, Linn Tonstad, Sacred Walker/Union Queer Caucus and FIERCE – The Caucus for Queer People of Color.

For You 2003Godfull: Shape Shifting God as Queer is a performative symposium commissioned by The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice and convened by Artist-in-Residence Carlos Motta and Jared Gilbert featuring performative lectures and performances by a group of academics, activists, artists and theologians to explore the intersections of queer politics, spirituality and social justice.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to tremendous interest in this event, registration is now closed

The regulation of sexual activity is the primary system for controlling bodies within religions and the societies they influence. Such regulations often authorize violence against bodies as well as the depravation and social stratification of gender and sexual identities. As lesbians and gays have gained unprecedented visibility and in some cases legislative recognition, American faiths have by and large opened their doors to those homosexuals who manage to comply with institutionalized systems of social respectability. These faiths are now unwittingly complicit in new forms of heteronormative oppression.

Queer sexuality, bodies and activism form the ground from which queer art, spirituality and political narratives nurture new visions of a just society. At the same time queer communities remain in constant tension with these visions, always exploring the evolving and deviant backside of spiritual, political and social spaces. 

Godfull: Shape Shifting God as Queer explores queerness as a constant disrupting force in the ground of theology and sexual politics. The participants speak of a "queerness" in theology that is particular and explicit of the queer body, a "queerness" that represents a constant pursuit of new social and spiritual revelations through deviant, subversive and indecent affirmations that will continue to challenge repressive notions of morality and respectability. 

Carlos Motta is the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice.
Image: Lovett / Codagnone, For You
, 2003, performance, courtesy of the artists

Please note: Registration for this event is free and open to the public. However, due to space limitations, there is no assigned or reserved seating. We strongly encourage registered attendees and their registered guests to arrive early so that we may manage our space more effectively. The doors will open 45 minutes before the start of the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to tremendous interest in this event, registration is now closed


Location: James Memorial Chapel
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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