Department of Religious Studies

Virginia Garrard-Burnett


Ph.D., Tulane University

Professor
Virginia Garrard-Burnett

Contact

  • Phone: 512.475.7822
  • Office: GAR 2.204
  • Office Hours: Spring 2016: Wednesday 2-4
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Interests


Her research interests include: historic memory and human rights during the Cold War in Latin America, archives and history, and contemporary Central American history. She is equally interested in religious movements and ethnic identity in Latin America, Pentecostalism and other Protestant movements, and the intersection of religion and politics in Latin America.

Biography


Virginia Garrard-Burnett received her Ph.D in History from Tulane University and has been on the faculty at the University of Texas since 1990. Her most recent work, which she co-edited with Stephen Dove and Paul Freston  Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America, was published in April, 2016. She is author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford, 2010); Terror en la tierra del Espiritu Santo (Guatemala: AVANCSO, 2012); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998). She is co-editor, along with Mark Lawrence and Julio Moreno of Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War (University of New Mexico Press, 2013). She has also edited On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America (Scholarly Resources, 2000) and co-edited with David Stoll, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America (Temple, 1993). . She is also co-author, with Peter Henderson and Bryan McCann, of the forthcoming History of Modern Latin America (Oxford University Press).

 

 

 

Courses


R S 391L • Appro To Study Relig Lat Amer

43775 • Fall 2016
Meets W 900am-1200pm GAR 1.122
(also listed as HIS 386L, LAS 386)

This course will offer a broad exploration of the main literature and theories that pertain to religion in Latin America. The course will take a historical, chronological approach, examining topics such as indigenous religions before Contact, the “Spiritual conquest” of the Americas, the hybridization of religious experience in the Americas, and the religious dimensions of the African diaspora. It will also explore and theorize the historical and modern religious transnationalism, from pilgrimage to shrines to missionaries and international televangelism.  Finally, it will interrogate the interaction between religion and (post) modernity in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Text: Students will receive an extensive bibliography from which they will select the books to be discussed in this course.

Grading criteria: Grades will be based on 1) in-class formal presentations based on readings 2) informal but highly integrated participation in class discussions, 4) peer reviews and discussion groups and 4) the successful completion of a publication-quality research or historiographical paper.  

Grading policy

Class participation (including in-class presentations on readings): 25%

Group projects and peer reviews: 20%

Research paper: 60%

Class grades will employ the plus (+) minus (-) system.

R S 368 • Religious Traditn In Lat Amer

44313 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 1.122
(also listed as HIS 350L, LAS 366)

This course will seek to identify the different ways in which religion has helped to define the political, social and philosophical structures of Latin America from colonial times to the present.  Readings and discussion will focus on the historical influence of the institutional Roman Catholic church on Latin American society.  The course will also explore the role that folk religion--from cofradias to millennialist movements--has played in the Latin American experience. Finally, the course will examine important changes in traditional Latin American religiosity in the twentieth century, including the impact of Liberation Theology and the growing influence of non-Catholic religious sectors.

Texts:

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, On Earth As It Is in Heaven: Religion and Society in

Latin America (Rowen and Littlefield, 2000)

Supplemental reader

Grading:

Grades for this course will be based on students’ participation in class discussions based on readings and on the satisfactory completion of the following written assignments:

3 essays based on readings and discussion, 3-5 pages each in length

1 research paper of between 15-20 pages.  Students will submit outlines, drafts, and rewrites of the term paper.

Final grade:

25%: essays

75%: research paper

R S 391L • Appro To Study Relig Lat Amer

43835 • Fall 2012
Meets W 900am-1200pm CBA 4.346
(also listed as HIS 386K, LAS 386)

This course will offer a broad exploration of the main literature and theories that pertain to religion in Latin America. The course will take a historical, chronological approach, examining topics such as indigenous religions before Contact, the “Spiritual conquest” of the Americas, the hybridization of religious experience in the Americas, and the religious dimensions of the African diaspora. It will also explore and theorize the historical and modern religious transnationalism, from pilgrimage to shrines to missionaries and international televangelism.  Finally, it will interrogate the interaction between religion and (post) modernity in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Text: Students will receive an extensive bibliography from which they will select the books to be discussed in this course.

Grading criteria: Grades will be based on 1) in-class formal presentations based on readings 2) informal but highly integrated participation in class discussions, 4) peer reviews and discussion groups and 4) the successful completion of a publication-quality research or historiographical paper.  

Grading policy

Class participation (including in-class presentations on readings): 25%

Group projects and peer reviews: 20%

Research paper: 60%

Class grades will employ the plus (+) minus (-) system.

R S 368 • Religion In Guatemala-Gua

43658 • Fall 2011
Meets
(also listed as HIS 363K, LAS 366, LAS 366)

R S 368 • Religious Traditn In Lat Amer

44355 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as HIS 350L, LAS 366)

350L

DESCRIPTION:

 This course will seek to identify the different ways in which religion has helped to define the political, social and philosophical structures of Latin America from colonial times to the present.  Readings and discussion will focus on the historical influence of the institutional Roman Catholic church on Latin American society.  The course will also explore the role that folk religion--from cofradias to millennialist movements--has played in the Latin American experience. Finally, the course will examine important changes in traditional Latin American religiosity in the twentieth century, including the impact of Liberation Theology and the growing influence of non-Catholic religious sectors.

 

GRADING:

Grades for this course will be based on students’ participation in class discussions based on readings and on the satisfactory completion of the following written assignments:

3 essays based on readings and discussion, 3-5 pages each in length

1 research paper of between 15-20 pages.  Students will submit outlines, drafts, and rewrites of the term paper.

Final grade:

25%: essays

75: research paper

 

 

Publications


Books

Co-edited. Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Co-edited. Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War. University of New Mexico Press, 2013. 

Terror en la tierra del espiritu santo: Guatemala bajo el general Efraín Ríos Monss, 1982-1983. Avancso (Guatemala), 2013. 

 

  • Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit:  Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983.  Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • El protestantismo en Guatemala:  Viviendo en la Nueva Jerusalén.  Guatemala:  Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009.
  • Editor.  On Earth as it is in Heaven:  Religion in Latin America.  Wilmington Delaware:  Scholarly Resources, 2000.
  • A History of Protestants in Guatemala:  Living in the New Jerusalem.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.
  • Co-editor with David Stoll .  Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1993.
  • Co-editor withJames Olson.  An Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Empire.  Westport CT:  Greenwood Press, 1992.

Articles

“Dissenting Religion: Protestantism in Latin America,” in Jehu J. Hanciles, ed. The Twentieth Century: Traditions in a Global Context (Volume 4 of The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016.

 

“Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutics of Social Engagement in Central America? Bridging the Church and the World in El Salvador and Guatemala,” in Martin Lindhardt, ed. Winds of Change. New Ways of Being Pentecostal in Latin America. Lexington Books, forthcoming 2016.

 

“Religion and Politics in Twentieth Century Central America,” in Douglass Sullivan-Gonzales, ed. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016.

 

“Responses of the Churches to Political Violence in Central America: From Liberation Theology to Human Rights Past and Present,” in Alexander Wilde, ed., Religion and Violence in Latin America. University of Notre Dame Press 2016.

 

Simultaneous publication of the above in Spanish as “La Respuesta de Iglesia a la Violencia Política en Centroamérica: de la Teología de la Liberación a los Derechos Humanos,” in Las Iglesias ante la violencia en América Latina: los derechos en el pasado y el present, Alexander Wilde, coordinator, Mexico: FLACSO, 2016.

 

 “Pentecostalism and Neopentecostalism In Latin America: Two Case Studies,” Virginia Garrard-Burnett and Justin Doran, in Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens and Manuel Vasquez, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Religions. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016.

 

Community Culture and Control in Guatemala," in David Carey, ed. Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2012.

 

“Christianity in Central America,” in Charles Farhadian, ed., Introducing World Christianity. London: Blackwell Publishers, 2012.

 

“Under God’s Thumb: The 1976 Guatemala Earthquake,” in Lyman Johnson and Jürgen Buchenau, eds. Aftershocks : Earthquakes and Popular Politics in Latin America. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 2009.

 

“Living with Ghosts: Death, Exhumation and Reburial Among the Maya in Guatemala,” in “The Politics of Collective Memory-Making,” Latin American Perspectives, May 2015 (42)(3):180-192.

 

 “De lovløses helgener,” Religioner.no 04/7/2013 (translation by Hans Olav Arnesen, of “Mexico’s Saints and Anti-Saints”). (Norway).

 

“Time and the Maya Apocalypse, 1982 and 2012,” The Annex: A New Journal of Narrative and Experimental History, December 2012 (1)(1): 19-31.

 

“Neopentecostalism and Prosperity Theology in Latin America: A Religion for Late Capitalist Society,“ Iberoamericana: Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 42 (1-2) (2012): 21-35. (Norway)

 

”A vida abundate: a teologia de prosperidade no América Latina,” História: questões & dabates:religiões: história, política e cultura na era contemporânea (55) (2011): 177-194 (actual publication date, 2012) (Brazil).

 

“Like A Mighty Rushing Wind: Pentecostalism in Contemporary Latin America,” in Lee Penyak and Walter Petry, Religion and Society in Latin America: Interpretive Essays from the Conquest to the Twenty-first Century. Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2009. 

  • "Stop Suffering? The Ireja Universal do Reino de Deus in the United States."  In Conversion of a Continent:  Contemporary Religious Change in Latin America, edited by Timothy Steigenga and Edward Cleary.  Rutgers University Press, 2007.
  • Co-authored with Carlos Garma Navarro.  "Protestantism(s) and Mayan Worldviews in Chiapas and Guatemala in the Context of Civil Violence."  Social Sciences and Missions 20 (2007).
  • "God Was Already Here: Mayan Inculturated Theology."  In Resurgent Voices in Latin America: Indigenous Peoples, Political Moblization and Religious Change, edited by Timothy Steigenga and Edward Cleary.  Rutgers University Press, 2004.
  • "Mayan Theologies and De-Westernized Christianity."  In Christianity and Native Cultures, edited by Kavita A. Pullapilly, Bernard J. Donahoe, David Stefancic, and William Svelmoe.  Cross Cultural Publications, 2004.
  • "The Third Church in Latin America:  Religion and Globalization in Contemporary Latin America."  Latin American Research Review 39 (2004).
  • "Charismatic Catholicism Meets Liberation Theology in El Salvador."  Journal of Hispanic and Latino Theology (2004).
  • "Popular Religion in Latin America:  A Review of Recent Literature."  Latin American Research Review (2004).
  • "Inculturated Protestant Theology in Guatemala."  In Christianity and Other Religions:  A Dialogue, edited by Viggo Mortensen.  Aarhus:  University of Aarhus, Denmark, 2003 and Grand Rapids:  William Eerdmans Publishing, 2003.
  • "Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus: do Rios para o mundo."  In Oro Les nouveaux conquérants de la foi:  L’Église universelle du royanume de Dieu (Brésil), edited by André Corten, Jean-Peirre Dozon and Ari Pedro.  Paris: Karthala, 2003.
  • "A igreja universal nos Estados Unidos."  In Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus:  os novos conquistadors da fé, edited by Ari Pedro Oro, André Corten, and Jean-Pierre Dozon.  São Paulo: Paulinas, 2003.
  • "The Impact of Violence on Gender."  In Women and Civil War:  Impact, Organizations, and Actors, edited byKrishna Kumar.  Boulder: Lynn Reiner, 2001.
  • "Religion in Practice:  Testimonies of Maya and Ladino Protestants in Contemporary Guatemala."  In Religion in Practice in Latin America, edited by Gustavo Benevides.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.
  • "Indians are Drunks and Drunks are Indians:  Alcohol and Indigenismo in Guatemala, 1890-1940."  Bulletin of Latin American Research 19 (2000).
  • "'Greek to the Greeks and Maya to the Maya':  Protestantism and Ethnic Identity Among the Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas."  Ibero-Amerikanisches Archiv:  Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaften und Geschichte (1999).
  • "'Like a Mighty Rushing Wind',  The Growth of Protestantism in Contemporary Latin America."  Religion and Latin America in the Twenty First Century:  Libraries Reacting to Social Change (1997).
  • "Order, Progress and Missions in Liberal Guatemala."  Latin American Perspectives 93 (1997).
  • "The Resacramentalization of the Profane:  Government, Religion and Ethnicity in Modern Guatemala."  In Questioning the Secular State:  The Worldwide Resurgence of Religion in Politics, edited by David Westerlund.  London: Hurst and Co., 1996.
  • "El protestantismo en Guatemala."  In La historia general de Guatemala, Fundación para la Cultura y Desarrollo.  Guatemala:  1995.
  • "God and Revolution:  Protestant Missions in Revolutionary Guatemala."  In Molding the Hearts and Minds:  Education, Communications, and Social Change in Latin America, edited by John A. Britton.  Wilmington:  Scholarly Resources, 1994.
  • "Protestantism in Latin America:  A Review of Recent Literature."  Latin American Research Review (1992).
  • "El protestantismo, liberalismo, e impulso misionero:  misiones evangélicas en Guatemala, 1880-1920."  Mesoamerica 19 (1990).
  • "Dios y revolución:  el protestantismo en la época revolucionaria."  Anales de la Academia de Historia e Geografia de Guatemala (1990).
  • "Protestantism in Revolutionary Guatemala, 1944-1954."  The Americas 46 (1989).
  • "Protestantism in Rural Guatemala, 1872-1954."  Latin American Research Review 24 (1989).
  • "Onward Christian Soldiers:  Protestant Nationalism in Guatemala.”  SECOLAS Annals 19 (1988).

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