Spanish-language translation of Black Atlantic Religion. The classical African-inspired religions of the Americas result not from the inert "survival " of African identities and practices predating the slave trade but from a circum-Atlantic "dialogue" among Africans, African Americans, European colonialists, white creoles, and culturally hybrid black trans-Atlantic travelers, who selectively canonized and revised their African-inspired religions in reaction to the politics of multiple African colonies and American nation-states.
This book was solicited for translation and presentation as the featured book of the "Festival del Caribe" in July 2014 or 2015, hosted by the Casa del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba.
The dialectical construction of "cultural" identities among Caribbean immigrants, African immigrants, Louisiana Creoles of color,Native Americans of African descent, Gullah-Geechees, and soi-disant "middle-class" African Americans in and around Howard University is a locus classicus for the hypothesis that stigma is a driving force behind ethnogenesis worldwide. As a world of the stigmatized and ambitious, the university is an important site of the articulation of "cultural" identities whereby discreditable populations endeavor to distinguish themselves from the main "constituent other"--in this case, ostensibly normative African Americans--in the social field that they share. I coin the term "ethnological Schadenfreude" to explain the a priori and logically concomitant representation of the constituent other as culturally inferior.
The book has been revised following anonymous review and is scheduled for publication in 2014.
About the changing analytic metaphors and other tropes that have informed research on African-diaspora cultural history. Each one highlights and hides dimensions of cultural change in the diaspora.
Film concerning the diverse genres of Afro-Cuban drumming and dance devoted to--and indeed effectively creating--the West African-inspired gods known as orichas and foddunes. With reference to a 2014 conference at the Center for African and African American Research at Duke University, the film also documents how the encounter among priests, researchers, state officials and tourists has long shaped the practice of Afro-Cuban religion.