Research

My work explores ritualized sites of death and loss within the African Diaspora. My critical ethnographic essays and performances attempt to interrogate how contemporary ritual practices of death is mitigated, configured, and interpreted in particular sites of the African Diaspora. Ritual is understood as “twice behaved behavior” an act of doing or performing actions repeatedly in which the “sacred” nature is sometimes ascribed to the doing or the results of the action performed. I consider the performances of traditional ritual practices in contemporary society as more than just spiritual and mystical performative acts; rather ritual is a vehicle by which one can extrapolate (both political and religious) meaning in the contemporary world.