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Sociologist Salvador Vidal-Ortiz discusses individuals who practice Santería, an Afro-Cuban religious cultural practice, February 17, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Sociologist Salvador Vidal-Ortiz will present the lecture "From Racial Minorities to Sexual Minorities: Santería & the Multiply Minoritized in New York City, 2000-2005" at Vassar on Wednesday, February 17. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall, (Room 200). The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Sociology, Latin American and Latino(a) Studies, Women’s Studies, American Culture, Africana Studies, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Hispanic Studies.

In his lecture, Vidal-Ortiz will present his findings on ethnographic data on individuals who practice Santería, an Afro-Cuban religious cultural practice. He will also examine "the trajectory of  Santería beliefs from Cuba to the US, and the parallel negotiations made between Santeras/os in the United States based on their religion, and their family’s sexual minority experiences."

Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University, Vidal-Ortiz received a PhD in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His 2005 dissertation, “‘Sexuality’ and ‘Gender’ in Santería: Towards a Queer of Color Critique in the Study of Religion” was awarded with the 2006 Paul Monette-Roger Horowitz Dissertation Prize by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) of the City University of New York.

In his scholarly research, Vidal-Ortiz focuses on multidisciplinary topics across the sociology of sex/gender/sexuality, race and ethnic studies, and the religious and cultural practice of Santería. His articles and essays have been published in many academic journals, such as Gender & Society, Sociology Compass, Latino Studies, and American Sexuality Magazine, as well as in books titled Hybrid Identities; Latinos/as in the United States: Changing the Face of América; Gendered Sexualities, and Gay Religion. He has also co-edited The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men, with Nancy Naples.

Currently serving as the acting chair of sociology of the Body and Embodiment, a new section of  the American Sociological Association (ASA), Vidal-Ortiz is also on the editorial board of the Journal Contemporary Sociology, published by ASA.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 12, 2010