Powers of Imagination and Afro-Caribbean Healing in the Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Atlantic

Lecture Description

Toward the end of the eighteenth century, African-derived spiritual practices glossed as “obeah” came to be intensely associated with pathologies of the imagination, first by British Caribbean slaveholders, and then much more widely by others. This lecture focuses on how early writings about, and legal regimes against, Afro-Caribbean spirit work were shaped by theories of mind-body interaction during the final decades of British Caribbean slavery. Reciprocally, Ramsey discusses how such writings and laws informed theories of mental influence on bodily health during this period and thereafter.


Medicine Religion

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