Black Sacred Space: Materiality & Representation


Program of Events:



Welcome & Introduction

Dr. Vicki L. Brennan, University of Vermont

9:45-10:30 Marking Sacred Space in the Jamaican Dead Yard: Dance and the Invocation of Ancestral Presence

Dr. Yanique Hume, University of the West Indies,

10:30-10:45 “Religion and Race in Post-Revolutionary Cuba”

Isabel Handados

10:45-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:45 Between Black Sacred Matter(s) and Smattered Sacred(s): Encountering Black Church Arson in the Museum

Dr. Todne Thomas, Harvard University

1:00-1:45 White Slaves and Other Empowered Black Atlantic Things

Dr. J. Lorand Matory, Duke University

1:45-2:00 “Yemayá on Display: Post-Colonial Contact Zones in the Museum”

Thomas Mackell

2:00-2:30 “Reflections on Spirited Things”

Janie Cohen, Director, UVM Fleming Museum

2:30-3:00 ROUNDTABLE: Responses to “Spirited Things”
3:15-3:30 DISCUSSION

Free and open to the public.

For more information contact Dr. Vicki L. Brennan (