Issue date: 05 October 2004

ISSUE DATE: 05/10/04

Migration, Religion and the African Diaspora
Saturday 9 October 2004 14.00 to 18.00
Kuumba Centre, 2 Hepburn Road, St Paul’s, Bristol

The Regional History Unit at the University of the West of England and the Kuumba Arts and Community Resource Centre is holding a Half Day School on ‘Migration, Religion and the African Diaspora’ as part of Black History Month.

The star attraction will be keynote speaker Kamari M Clarke from Yale University, who will speak on ‘Mapping Diasporic Networks: the Yoruba example’

Dr Clarke is touring Britain and Ireland during October. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University and research associate in the Yale Law School. Research interests have taken her to intentional Yoruba communities in the American South, traditionalist religious and legal domains in South-western Nigeria and elsewhere throughout Europe, America and Africa.

Edison Burton (UWE and Kuumba) will talk on ‘Departures and Continuities: Afro-Syncreticism in African Caribbean Pentecostalism’, and Dr Raingard Esser (UWE) will talk about, ‘Migration History: Old Paradigms – New Perspectives’.

Madge Dresser, organiser of the event for UWE’s Regional History Centre, said, “We are delighted that Dr Clarke can join us for this event. Her research is at the cutting edge of her discipline and ties in well with Edson Burton’s talk on the connections between traditional African forms of worship and their relation to western culture. Dr Esser’s talk will offer us an overview of the latest ways in which the history of migration is being approached. We aim to offer both academics and the wider public an insight into the way our views of migration and the African diaspora is being revolutionised by new research.”

The talks will be concluded with a Caribbean Supper.

The cost of the half day school is £5.00. Numbers are limited. To register send a cheque for that amount to UWE Bristol, with your name, address and contact number and any dietary and access needs to: Madge Dresser, School of History, UWE, St Matthias Campus, Oldbury Court Road, Bristol BS16 2JP.


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