HDS 2726

Ethnography of the African Diaspora: Race, Gender and Power

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús


This graduate seminar explores ethnographic moments of African Diasporic religions within anthropology. By taking a non-regional approach to the conceptualization of African diaspora religions we will explore how religion has been a key lens into the historical racializing, gendering and sexualizing of Black subjects, as well as a crucial aspect of revisionist and critical anthropology. We will read contemporary ethnographic works on the African diaspora exploring the gendered and erotic production of Blackness. Through revisionist approaches, we will explore methodological and theoretical concerns to conducting ethnography of Afro-Atlantic religions. Students will be expected to interrogate issues of modernity, tradition, ritual and secularism and examine post-colonial, transnational feminist and cultural theories of the subject.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as AAAS 214


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Wed 4pm-6pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • African and African American Religious Studies
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • African Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None