Folklore & Ethnomusicology IUB

IU Folklore & Ethnomusicology Solimar Otero talk: "Archives of Conjure: Residual Transcriptions of the Dead"

Abstract: Based on over 10 years of fieldwork in Cuba and archival research, Solimar Otero explores how Afro-Cuban spiritual seances create routes to collaborative spiritual-scholarly-activist work. “Residual transcriptions” are vernacular notations made in rituals with the dead that prescribe further acts of healing, which reinforce the relationship between spiritual actors and the community. Residual transcriptions also point to future-oriented points of conjure that unlock archives, texts, and ritual in ways that inform participatory folklore methods.

Bio: Solimar Otero is Director of the Program in Comparative Literature and Louisiana and Caribbean Studies, Associate Professor of English, and a Folklorist at Louisiana State University. She received her PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Her research centers on gender, sexuality, Afro-Latinx spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography. She is the author of Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World (University of Rochester Press, 2010); and the coeditor of Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas (SUNY Press 2013).

Friday September 21, 2018 03:30 PM
Friday September 21, 2018 04:30 PM
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