Black Gods and Red Devils: Race, Religion, and the Re-imagining of Africana Subjectivity
A Lecture by John L. Jackson, Jr.
February 11, 2014 at 6:00pm – Ella Weed, 223 Milbank
Jackson's lecture will tell the story of a group of African Americans that emigrated from the United States in the 1960s and has been living in Israel ever since. The talk explains how members of that group, the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, understand their links to the ancient Hebrews and how they have spent the last 45 years creating a transnational spiritual community with members in Africa, Europe and the Americas, a transnational spiritual community that attempts to radically re-imagine what "race" and "religion" mean in the 21st century.
John L. Jackson, Jr. is the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Africana Studies, and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Penn, Jackosn taught in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and spent three years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows. Jackson received his B.A. in Communications (Radio, TV, Film) from Howard University and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. As a filmmaker, Jackson has produced fictional films and documentaries that have screened all around the world, including Amsterdam, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, London, Puerto Rico, Toronto, and South Africa. He has published several books: Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001), Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005), Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic, 2008), and Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press, 2013). He is completing another book (co-authored by Cora Daniels), Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion (Simon and Schuster) that is slated for release later this year. His most recent film, co-directed with anthropologist Deborah Thomas, is Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens (Third World Newsreel, 2012).
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