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Brujx-ing White Supremacy: Ritual Activism Against the Trump Administration

Brujx-ing White Supremacy: Ritual Activism Against the Trump Administration
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Jan 18th, 4:00 pm End: Jan 18th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), United States Studies, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Diaspora/Transnational, 2000-
Talk by Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies and the Department for the Study of Religion presents

Brujx-ing White Supremacy: Ritual Activism Against the Trump Administration

Professor Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, Harvard University

The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency was a blow to many liberal secularists who had presumed that racism, sexism, and patriarchy were in a losing battle. However, for many Black and Brown activists fighting against systematic oppression, having a U.S. president beholden to white supremacy was not new (albeit this version much less cordial). For those who practice African diasporic religions, “witchcraft” or brujería as it is known in Spanish, has historically been a strategy to reveal this type of oppression. Recently, some practitioners are re-claiming “brujeria” with the term “brujx” to describe themselves and the hexing that they are employing against white supremacy.  Similar to the gender non-conforming move to reconfigure the identity category of Latino/a as Latinx (which began as a social media hashtag), is the queer re-languaging of brujeria into brujx that also follows multiculturalist identity recuperations that challenge normative ethnic and gendered identifcations. This talk examines the collective political strategy of brujx-ing against Donald Trump as tool against the violence of this racist administration. I trace African diasporic practitioners who have used the ritual hexes, offerings, prayers, rites, and other collective works to thwart Trump’s oppressive plans.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.

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