Archive for abril, 2009


  • Conversation with Sylvia Marcos, University of California, Riverside, Department of Religious Studies. Presentaiton of theoretical positions on indigenous feminisms with Researchers, Professors and Students, April, 2009.
  • Keynote Presentation: Educación Popular en las Américas en el Siglo XXI: Culturas, Tradiciones y Sabidurías Indígenas. El Género Vernáculo de Ivan Illich: Encuentros y Desencuentros con la Teoría Feminista, Conferencia Magistral: Gender by Ivan Illich, Possibilities of Dialogue with Feminist Theory? Congreso Educación Popular en las Américas, culturas, tradiciones y sabidurías indígenas, UADY Universidad de Yucatán-UNO, Universidad de Oriente, Valladolid, Yucatán, Febrero 2009.
  • Keynote presentation: “Women Learning With Women” International Conference “Arab Women Facing the Challenges of Globalization” Alexandria, Egypt, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 15 january 2009.
  • Festival de la Digna Rabia, EZLN, January 4, 2009, “Feminismos y Lucha politica Zapatista: de como la Cosmovision encuadra la lucha de las mujeres.”


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Editorial Positions

  • International Editorial Board, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, (JFSR), 2008-2012
  • Editorial Board, RELIGION, Academic Press,1992-Pres
  • International Advisory Board, ALTER NATIVE: International Journal of Indigenuos Scholarship, Institute of Research Excellence in Maori Development, University of Auckland, New Zeland, 2005-Pres
  • Editorial Board, Cuadernos Feministas,1997-Pres
  • Advisory Editor, CONCILIUM: International Review of Theology,1994-2000
  • International Advisory Editor, Gender and Society, Sage Press,1987-Pres
  • Editorial Board, Justicia y Paz, Mexico City,1994-2002
  • Editorial Collective, “Doble Jornada,” Women’s issues supplement of La Jornada, Mexico, 1995-98

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Las curanderas mexicanas, artículo

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Premios y becas/Awards and Fellowships

  • International Visiting Scholar, Drew University Theological Seminary,2004
  • Harvard Divinity School, Research Associate, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts,1984-85
  • Rockefeller Humanist in Residence Award Recipient, Hunter College, City University of New York,1990-91
  • Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center (Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts) in Women’s Health Care in Latin America, 1997
  • H.W. Luce Visiting Professorship Union Theological Seminary,1999
  • Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Research Fellow, “Feminist Crossings Using Difference”,2000
  • Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, Women’s Institute, Morelos, Mexico, March 8, 2003

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  • VI Encuentro Continental del Enlace de Mujeres Indígenas de las Americas, comunidad indígena de Hueyapan Morelos, marzo 5 – 8 de Marzo 2011.
  • Foro estatal preparatorio para el VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas. Articulación de colaboracion entre organizaciones civiles (ONG), Pueblos indígenas, y Academia.Cuernavaca, Morelos, Febrero 27 2011.
  • Courts of Women, Bangalore, India, Meeting to further collective strategies and analysis and to revamp concepts like human rights, development, poverty, justice, sobereignty, violence.Marzo 2009
  • Expert Seminar Presentation: “Epistemology of Indigenous Spirituality: An Analysis of the Documents from the First Summit of Indigenous Women of the Americas”, Radboud University, Nijmega, Netherlands, Indigenous Spirituality and Sustainability November 2008.
  • Consulting Seminar: “Gender and Epistemology” for the creation of Post Graduate degree in Gender and Religion, Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana, San Jose Costa Rica, August 2007
  • Series of Seminars, “ Rights, Gender and Globalization in Indigenous Worlds” Casa de la Cultura Juridica, National Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, in State of Morelos, State of Nayarit, State of Sinaloa coord.with Universidad Autonoma Indígena. “Rights, gender and globalization in indigenous worlds”July-August 2007
  • Participant in the Consejo Consultivo del Instituto Estatal para las Mujeres, State of Morelos, Mexico, 2002—present,2002-07
  • First Summit of Indigenous Women of the Americas, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú, Oaxaca, Mexico,2002
  • Universidad Maya, (Indigenous alternative educational project) Gender Program, Chichén Itza, Yucatán 2002
  • International Advisory Board, Project Evaluations, Mexico/Latin America, Global Fund for Women,1989-Present Lee el resto de esta entrada »

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Reseña de Karen Torjesen sobre Taken from the Lips

Taken from the Lips:  Gender and Eros in Mesoamerican Religions

Response from Karen Torjesen

The brilliance of this study lies in the problems posed, their origins in the genuine, open, untheorized encounter with a curandera, the willingness to listen, not just as anthropologist to ritual, but as a philosopher to the cosmology and theories of the body.  What Sylvia Marcos calls cognitive frameworks, “knowledge systems that organize the way we conceptualize the world around us.”  This is the ground from which the most radical, the most innovative and the most relevant scholarship comes, but it is a very difficult, painful, long and laborious process to give it birth, for it means learning to think against the grain, to question the fundamental epistemologies that shaped the entire academic enterprise.  It is also a lonely process, for it is work outside an established field, with known parameters and an established consensus.  It takes courage and tenacity.

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Reseña de Nelson Maldonado sobre Taken from the Lips


Taken from the Lips, editorial Brill

Sylvia Marcos’s Taken from the Lips as a Post-secular,

Transmodern, and Decolonial Methodology

Nelson Maldonado-Torres



It is no secret today that the scholarly study of religion in the West has been largely complicit with a long imperial history of evangelizing and allegedly civilizing non-Western peoples.[1] The study of religion has also been at the center of figuring out whether some of these non-Western subjects could be properly qualified as “other” or not, that is, whether they were in fact human. Having a religion for a long time was considered to be a fundamental component of any culture that deserved its characterization and recognition as properly human. So, absence of it indicated the possibility, if not justified the idea, that such culture was non-human or not entirely human.


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