HDS 2735

Voodooizations and Politics of Representation

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús


This course will examine the process by which representations of Black spiritualities in film and media have constructed a genre of voodoo as well as voodooizations of different religious and spiritual beliefs. Addressing differing politics of representation, we will engage in theories of reception and commodification, cultural studies, performance theory, postcolonial theories, critical feminist and queer media studies. Through the watching and interrogating of Black Horror voodoo films and other media in different historical contexts students will be introduced to ideas around the imaginings of the body and self, gendered and racialized Others, colonialism, imperialism and empire as well as the circular production and consumption of erotic, popular and religious media.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 35 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as AAAS 104z

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Tue Thu 11:30am-1pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 117

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
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None