Thursday, January 30 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou
Join us for a dialogue between Roberto Strongman (Black Studies) and Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies) about Strongman’s new book, 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘈𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴: 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘭é, 𝘚𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳í𝘢, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘝𝘰𝘥𝘰𝘶. Refreshments will be served.
In 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘈𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, Roberto Strongman examines Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lucumí/Santería, and Brazilian Candomblé to demonstrate how religious rituals of trance possession allow humans to understand themselves as embodiments of the divine. In these rituals, the commingling of humans and the divine produces gender identities that are independent of biological sex. As opposed to the Cartesian view of the spirit as locked within the body, the body in Afro-diasporic religions is an open receptacle. Showing how trance possession is a primary aspect of almost all Afro-diasporic cultural production, Strongman articulates transcorporeality as a black, trans-Atlantic understanding of the human psyche, soul, and gender as multiple, removable, and external to the body.
Roberto Strongman is Associate Professor in the Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Strongman’s interdisciplinary approach encompasses the fields of Religion, History, and Sexuality in order to further his main area of research and teaching: Comparative Caribbean Cultural Studies. His articles have appeared in 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴, 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘰, 𝘒𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘱𝘪, 𝘞𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘪, and the 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴.
𝘚𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘏𝘊’𝘴 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘵𝘻 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵