American Studies | Special Topics in A&H for AMST: Spirits & Saints
A298 | 36245 | Selka


Carries A & H Credit

Course meets with REL-C300


Topic: Saints and Spirits: African-Derived Religions in the Americas
This course explores current issues in the study of African-derived
religions in the Americas.

We will explore, through text and film, religions such as Candomblé
in Brazil, Vodou in Haiti, Santería in the United States, and
Rastafarianism in Jamaica. Issues that we will examine include the
relationship of these religions to Christianity, their connections to
Africa, their engagements with racial politics, as well as their
connections to ethnic, national and transnational projects and
processes. In addition to a wide range of approaches to the study
of religion, students will become familiar with a variety of
perspectives on the relationship between religion, identity and
politics.