Black Religions in the Americas|
Spring 2022 not offered
AFAM 387, LAST 268, ANTH 267, AMST 258|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course will focus on the African-based religious systems that cultivated traditional ways to survive slavery, white supremacy, and state violence. We will focus on Vodou in Haiti, Regla de Ocha (Santeria) and Palo Mayombe in Cuba, Obeah in Jamaica, and aspects of Black religions in the US. We will discuss questions of method and themes of political resistance, orality, secrecy, magic, "authenticity," commodification, and the ethics of representation. We will also look at the Black church and especially the rise of the Pentecostal movement in African and Afro-Caribbean spaces, as well as visionary Black religious thought.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(ANTH)(CBST-MN)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CGST-MN)(LAST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Judith Casselberry, THE LABOR OF FAITH: GENDER AND POWER IN BLACK APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTALISM (selections)
Paul C. Johnson, SECRECY, GOSSIP, AND GODS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF BRAZILIAN CANDOMBLE (selections)
Ruth Marshall, POLITICAL SPIRITUALITIES: THE PENTECOSTAL REVOLUTION IN NIGERIA (Selections)
Lorand Matory, "Free to be a Slave: Slavery as Metaphor in the Afro-Atlantic Religions"
Adam McGee, "Haitian Vodou and Voodoo: Imagined Religion and Popular Culture"
Todd Ramon Ochoa, "Versions of the Dead in Cuban Palo"
Karen Richman, MIGRATION AND VODOU
Anna Wexler, "Dolls and Healing in a Santeria House"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly half-page reading response, two 5 page papers and a final 10 page research paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" OR "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.
This course fulfills the social science requirement for the African American Studies major.
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