Join Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group for a workshop with Dr. Barbara Sostaita (UNC Chapel Hill) and Carlos Ruiz Martinez (University of Iowa), both of whom will share their individual work on sanctuary, carcerality, and abolition.
Dr. Sostaita will workshop a chapter of her dissertation titled "The Detained: Abolitionist Care in the Carceral Border.” Carlos will give a presentation titled “Sensitive Locations: How U.S. Immigration Agencies Made Churches Into Prisons.
Barbara Sostaita received her PhD in Religious Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is working on a manuscript based on her dissertation, an (auto)ethnographic experiment titled "Sanctuary Everywhere: Fugitive Care on the Migrant Trail." Focused on the Sonora-Arizona borderlands, Barbara’s project documents moments of care and intimacy that expose the impermanence and instability of border militarization. She is actively committed to migrant-led movements for social justice, and she serves as the Higher Education Director for Migrant Roots Media.
Carlos Ruiz Martinez is a PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa. His research interests include Catholicism and race, religion in U.S. public life, and theory and method in the study of religion. His proposed dissertation project is an ethnographic and historical study of a predominantly Latinx parish in Ferguson, Missouri. This project explores the connections and generative tensions between Latinx, Black, and Catholic Studies. Carlos is also interested in how U.S. immigration agencies use the unstable category of religion for their own purposes.
Kindly RSVP here to receive a Zoom link and pre-circulated chapter of Dr. Sostaita’s dissertation.
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