Migration without Borders: Imagining Ourselves as Immigrants
In mainstream political discourse, immigration is framed as a social crisis rather than a social opportunity. Moreover, immigrants are assigned the permanent status of foreigner and thereby made to occupy peripheral geographies. But as Christians we know that the Bible conveys a counter-narrative about the sanctity of human migration. Rather than view migration as a social problem, can we view it in terms of the freedom of movement the God has given to all creation? Can we expand our vision of migration to include ourselves as part of the migration story that Scripture teaches us?
Join Professor Gregory Cuéllar and discover the ways that migrant communities are manifesting the poetic productivity of the sacred in our midst. Find your way into a more expansive story about the immigrant experience. Reclaim and remember the hope of God, Emmanuel. We will learn through study and conversation online and through an immersive experience among immigrants in the gateway city of Houston, Texas.
Two Online Sessions: Tuesday, April 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom
Immersive Travel Seminar, Houston, Texas: April 29 at 1:00 p.m. - May 1 at Noon
Cost: $375 includes Friday and Saturday single-occupancy hotel room plus meals Friday evening through breakfast Sunday.
Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar, associate professor of Old Testament at Austin Seminary, is an interdisciplinary and international biblical scholar. His most recent book, Empire, the British Museum, and the Making of the Biblical Scholar in the Nineteenth Century, was published in 2019 by Palgrave Press. His book, Resacralizing the Other at the US-Mexico Border: A Borderland Hermeneutic, was published by Routledge Press at the end of 2019.
As a biblical scholar, he is interested in alternative ways of reading the biblical text, in particular those that are rooted in a broader contrapuntal position of liberation. He has written on topics related to the U.S. Mexico borderlands, Latino/a immigration, race, and empire. Within the parameters of postcolonial theory, migration studies, museum studies, and various types of advocacy criticism, his biblical research seeks to expose the nefarious forms of power in Western hermeneutical and epistemological regimes.
At the juxtaposition of his interest in art and immigrant advocacy, he is also currently working on an art-based social action project called, "Arte de Lágrimas: Refugee Artwork Project."