Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic

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This week: Dr. Elizabeth McAlister speaks on “Power Objects”

The next “Spirited Things” event will take place this Thursday, October 19 at 5:00PM

Featuring Dr. Elizabeth McAlister, Chair of African American Studies and Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University, speaking on:

“Power Objects: Charging and Discharging in Afro-Caribbean Religion”

How do material objects work as powerful catalysts for transformation, healing, or defense in the Afro-Atlantic religious world? This talk examines decorated bottles from Haiti as containers for spiritual energy, and unpacks the logics by which a seemingly inanimate object can be charged with powerful energy, and de-charged when its work is complete.

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