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CO-SPONSORED SESSION: African Diaspora Religions Unit. African Religions Unit, Afro-American Religious History Unit, and Queer Studies in Religion Unit

Call for Proposals for November Meeting

Potential co-sponsorship between African Diaspora Religions Unit. African Religions Unit, Afro-American Religious History Unit, and Queer Studies in Religion Unit

 

The Power of Our Archive

“I urge States to take concrete steps, with the full participation of people of African descent and their communities, to tackle old and new forms of racial discrimination; and to dismantle entrenched structural and institutional racism." --- UN Secretary-General António Guterres

The year 2024 marks the close of the United Nation’s decades-long proclamation to celebrate people of  African descent as representatives of a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.  2024 also heralds the 150th anniversary of Afro-Puerto Rican, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, whose collection of Black literature, enslaved peoples’ narratives, artwork, artifacts, and diasporic materials has become foremost in the study of Black life. Finally, Lydia Cabrera’s iconic work, El Monte: Notes on the Religions, Magic, and Folklore of the Black and Creole People of Cuba will turn 70, in 2024; and the first English translation is now available.

Throughout African Diaspora history there have been archives, inviting deep exploration into the unknown, the obscured, and the known. Sometimes hidden in plain sight, including Obeah oaths in the narrative of Tacky’s Rebellion and Jamaica’s Baptist War; juridical, birth, and death records compared against oral histories, historical art, and illustration of colonial encounters that include but are not limited to narratives of race, ethnicity, gender, class, dis/ability, sexuality/ies under an array of micro and macro violent technologies (fear, shame, physical, psychological and psychosocial abuse); and the Colored Conventions Project (1830) or the Early Caribbean Digital Archives (2011).

This panel seeks to explore the idea, presence, and importance of archives among us when all too often our archives were oral and aural, normatively shaped, vanished, or erased.

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Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection