The Body and Religiously Motivated Social Action

A Global Look at Religion and Political Transformation

October 15, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Yolanda Covington-Ward and Jeanette S. Jouili have edited a compelling and groundbreaking new volume on the role of the body and social justice work for people of African descent across the African continent, the Caribbean and Latin America, the American South, and Europe. From Pentecostalism in Ghana and Brazil to Ifa divination in Trinidad to Islam in Nigeria, London, and South Carolina, the contributors explore the nuanced and often veiled intersections between the body, religious expression, and political agency within the cultural specific contexts. Embodying Black Religions in Africa and Its Diasporas (2021) further deepens and expands the public’s understanding of African-inspired religious expression as something more than resistance and struggle against white supremacy and gender bias.

Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Terrence Johnson facilitated a conversation with the editors of the volume to help the audience understand why the body matters in debates on politics and social activism. They also discussed the complex ways in which religious expressions contribute to the production of knowledge and of meaning-making for individuals and their communities.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and its Women's and Gender Studies Program.

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