Nov. 2013: Michelle A. Gonzalez
The 2013-2014 Zerby Lecture Series in Contemporary Religious Thought presents:
From Africa to the Americas: Religion in the Diaspora
November 6, 2013
African Diaspora religions such as Santería and Vodou are an essential part of the Caribbean, and increasingly American, landscape. These religions both empower marginalized communities and are sites of resistance and survival for African peoples in the Americas. Michelle A. Gonzalez will explore the influence of these religions on Caribbean constructions of race, culture, and identity, and will emphasize the role of these religions in Caribbean history, politics, and the arts.
Michelle A. Gonzalez, Ph.D. (Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests include Latino/a, Latin American, and Feminist Theologies, as well as inter-disciplinary work in Afro-Caribbean Studies. She is the author of numerous publications, including Afro-Cuban Theology: Religion, Race, Culture and Identity (University Press of Florida, 2006), Caribbean Religious History (co-authored with Ennis Edmonds, NYU Press, 2010), and A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide (forthcoming NYU Press, 2014).