Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
Texas Woman’s University
AnaLouise Keating is a professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University, teaching courses on Womanist Spiritual Activism, Gloria Anzaldúa and related topics. Keating is the author, editor or-co-editor of 12 books, most recently The Anzaldúan Theory Handbook and Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change.
Driven by the desire to bring esoteric/occult and Indigenous wisdom traditions into progressive social change and academic spaces, Keating’s work focuses on Transformation Studies (Womanist Spiritual Activism, Post-Oppositionality, Invitational Pedagogies and U.S. Women-of-Colors Theories), with a special emphasis on Gloria Anzaldúa, with whom Keating has collaborated since the 1990s. Keating also teaches Yin Yoga and edits a book series, Transformations: Womanist, Feminist and Indigenous Studies, at the University of Illinois Press.
Cultivating the “Impossible” with Gloria Anzaldúa: Towards a Transformational Politics of Spirit
What can paranormal events, magical conversations, and nonordinary realities teach us about transformation — on both individual and collective levels? What new forms of social justice, new types of research and new ways of living emerge when we take seriously these “impossible” archives and other forms of esoteric knowledge production? In short, how do we cultivate (and enact) that which conventional wisdom has labeled (and dismissed) as “impossible”? Drawing on the work of queer tejana philosopher Gloria Anzaldúa as well as her own oracular research, this lecture will explore these and related questions.