Tubman Talks: “The Souls of Yoruba Folk: Indigeneity, Race and Critical Spiritual Literacy in the African Diaspora”

Dr. Temitope Adefarakan will present “The Souls of Yoruba Folk: Indigeneity, Race and Critical Spiritual Literacy in the African Diaspora”
on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Temi AdefarakanThis paper explores the spiritual lives and experiences of 16 Africans of Yoruba descent in Canada, and investigates how these diasporic Yoruba make meaning of their Indigenous heritage within the geopolitical space of Eurocentric  Canadian culture. The book highlights how Yoruba peoples in the African diaspora strategically utilize their Indigenous spiritual knowledges as decolonizing tools of navigation, subversion and resistance to colonial oppression in the purportedly ‘multicultural’ space of Canada.  The author powerfully weaves literature of Yoruba peoples from multiple contexts, spanning the African continent and its diaspora, including the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. With its strong emphasis on equity and the usefulness of spirituality in contexts of schooling, education, teaching and learning, this book is ideal for critical and multicultural education courses, and will be especially useful for educators and researchers in the areas of critical interdisciplinary studies, sociology, women’s studies/feminism, anti-racist scholarship and pedagogy, critical education, Canadian studies, equity and religious studies, as well as African/Black diasporic studies.

Bio

Dr. Temitope Adefarakan is faculty teaching Sociology at the University of Toronto’s Transitional Year Program.  She holds a PhD from the Collaborative Doctoral Program in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Her talk draws from her recently published book titled, The Souls of Yoruba Folk: Indigeneity, Race and Critical Spiritual Literacy in the African Diaspora, published by Peter Lang Inc. as part of the Black Studies and Critical Thinking, Spirituality and Indigenous Thought Series.

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