African Spirituality, the Resistance of Enslaved People, and Colonial Law in the 18th-Century Caribbean | Newberry

African Spirituality, the Resistance of Enslaved People, and Colonial Law in the 18th-Century Caribbean

Friday, December 3, 2021

9:30am-12:30pm

Virtual

Dr. Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Please Note: This is a special, 3-hour virtual session. The distinctions among “religion,” “spirituality,” “magic,” and “medicine” are often blurry. All involve an appeal to natural or supernatural knowledge and/or the power to understand, beseech, influence, or control forces shaping individual lives or communities. Such practices and beliefs are also entwined with political power and have been used by leaders of all stripes in multiple historical contexts, from monarchs and presidents to rebel leaders. These societies and cultures were strongly shaped by transatlantic slavery, the forced labor of enslaved people, and the encoding of racial difference (and fear of resistance) into colonial law. This seminar will examine some of the important scholarly work that explores the intersection of African spirituality, the resistance of enslaved people, and the law in colonial Caribbean societies. Participants will need to read approximately 40 pages of material prior to the seminar, and then will spend most of the time in the seminar discussing this material with one another and the facilitator.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for accessing virtual seminars, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at teacherprograms@newberry.org.