Marina Magloire F'16

Marina  Magloire
Assistant Professor
University of Miami

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2016
Doctoral Candidate
Duke University
Whosoever Doubts My Power: Conjuring Feminism in the Interwar Black Diaspora

This project uses the revolutionary potential of Caribbean religions to theorize black feminism between World War I and World War II. It argues that women artists and performers across the diaspora produced ethnographic and creative representations of Haitian vodou and its sister religions in order to formulate a radical pan-African feminism. Unlike accounts of the savagery and hedonism of a sensationalized “voodoo” perpetuated by white male travelers to Haiti, black women’s narratives of vodou focused specifically on its status as a theology of resistance. By reanimating apolitical narratives of voodoo with their original spiritual provenance in vodou, women of color laid claim to the political force of the religion behind the only successful slave revolt in the western hemisphere.