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African Archives in the Caribbean

March 4, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Join Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group for our last workshop of the quarter. African Archives in the Caribbean: The Yoruba Tradition, Cultural Experts and the Unmaking of Religious Knowledge in Twentieth-Century Trinidad

Dianne Marie Stewart is an associate professor of Religion and African American Studies at Emory University specializing in African-heritage religious cultures in the Caribbean and the Americas.  She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Hartford, CT, USA.  She obtained her B.A. degree from Colgate University in English and African American Studies, her M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. degree in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she studied with well-known scholars such as Delores Williams, James Washington and her advisor James Cone.

Her current book project, Local and Transnational Legacies of African Christianity in West-Central Africa and the Black Atlantic World, builds upon this research to explore how 18th-century Kongolese Catholicism inspired the formation of Afro-Protestant institutions among African descendants in the wider 18th- and 19th-century Atlantic world.  From the southeastern coastal Afro-Methodist/Baptist traveling and seeking rites, to the rise of cognate Native Baptist, Revival Zion and Spiritual Baptist traditions in Jamaica and Trinidad, the book demonstrates how a Kongo Christian heritage lent central ingredients to this African Atlantic terrain of religious exchange and innovation. RSVP for the Zoom link, and to receive an e-copy of the readings.  Hosted by the Concerning Violence Research Group in the DLCL. Co-sponsored by AAAS and the CORE Research Workshop in the Humanities Center.

Event Sponsor: 
Humanities Center, African & African American Studies, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
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