We're excited to welcome you to New Orleans next month and we're more excited for the great line-up of speakers, vendors, and events lined up! Spiritual Citizenship: Transnational Pathways from Black Power to Ifa in Trinidad author N. Fadeke Castor will be in the building on April 20th speaking on the Juju Justice panel about policing and liberation in African and Diasporic religions.

Dr. Castor is Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and Anthropology at Texas A & M University. An initiate of Ifá, Obatala and Egbe, she was first introduced to the Yoruba religion in 1993 in Oakland, California. Five years later the ancestors lead her to graduate school in Chicago. Her PhD research took her to Trinidad for three years, with generous support from Fulbright-Hays and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Alongside her ethnographic fieldwork on race, culture and politics she engaged with her extended family and ancestral cultural practices, including the Trinidad Orisha religion. After receiving her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2009) she fulfilled an ancestral mission by initiating to Ifá at Ile Eko Sango Mil’osa/Irentegbe Temple in Trinidad. Her Ifá studies continue under her Oloye, Solagbade Popoola, with recent study trips to Nigeria. 

In Spiritual Citizenship, Dr. Castor argues that in Trinidad Ifá/Orisha can be seen as a force of black liberation, informing local practices of decolonization while drawing on spiritual epistemologies rooted in transnational networks. Out of this project, her article, “Shifting multicultural citizenship: Trinidad Orisha opens the road,” was published in Cultural Anthropology.

Check out the book and join us for Roots, Rocks & Ring Shouts in New Orleans!