In conversation with Ph.D. student Kimberly Akano, Dr. Dianne M. Stewart and Dr. Tracey E. Hucks will discuss their forthcoming two-volume book project Obeah, Orisa, and Religious Identity in Trinidad (Duke University Press, October 2022). Using archival and ethnographic methods, Stewart and Hucks interrogate the social imaginaries of Obeah and Yoruba-Orisa devotees and white colonists from the nineteenth century to the present. In doing so, they excavate the histories and cultural heritages of those who encounter religion as a site of black care amidst a colonial fixation on black harm. This discussion considers how, in the context of religious criminalization, Africana religious practitioners in Trinidad have and continue to fashion ever-changing understandings of kinship, nationhood, and religious belonging.
This event is part of CCSR's Religion and the Public Conversation series. The 2021-2022 theme for this series is "Indigenous Traditions and Diaspora."
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