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Héctor Varela Rios

Héctor M. Varela Rios, PhD is Assistant Professor of Theology at Villanova University. His research interests explore the intersection with Latinx theology and material culture and its liberative/emancipatory aspects, especially in popular cotidiano devotional contexts.



Thing as concept can be helpful to elucidate the specific yet ambiguous interaction of the religious and the political. Using recent thingly theoretical work within these two spheres, with an emphasis on body and shape, I will suggest ways through which thing (and things and thingness) both clarifies and challenges that interaction.