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Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo
March 8, 4:00 PMFree
In her new book, Gesture and Power, Yolanda Covington-Ward, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh, examines the everyday embodied practices and performances of the BisiKongo people of the Lower Congo to show how their gestures, dances, and spirituality are critical in mobilizing social and political action. This lecture will focus on two separate yet related instances in which embodiment related to spirituality was at the center of struggles for political and social power.
Cosponsored by the African Studies Fund in the Global Studies Program, the Anthropology Department, and the African-American Studies Program.