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Topics in Transnational Black Studies (381-0-21)


Intro to Caribbean Studies: Religion, Culture, and


Kijan A Bloomfield

Meeting Info

Parkes Hall 214: Tues, Thurs 2:00PM - 3:20PM

Overview of class

The Caribbean constitutes a unique space to understand the history of resistance and social change in the Black Atlantic world. Going beyond the tropes of reggae, Rastafari, and tourism--this course provides an introduction to the diversity of religious traditions in the region, with particular focus on Afro-Caribbean religious practices and spiritual technologies. Students will explore the cosmological features and embodied expressions that characterize these traditions. Through presentations, discussions, and writing assignments students will reflect on concepts such as belonging, migration, colonialism, race, class, and gender to understand the political and cultural implications of religion in the region.