Elizabeth Perez

Religion in the Kitchen

Elizabeth Pérez' new book, Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions, will be published by New York University Press in January, 2016. In the book, which will be the subject of a roundtable discussion at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Prof. Pérez takes an intersectional approach to micropractices of cooking and talking in the intimate space of one, predominantly African-American community's kitchen, arguing that they season practitioners into gendered and racialized forms of subjectivity.

Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop!

Professor Elizabeth Pérez has arranged an Afro-Cuban dance workshop for her Religion 17 (African Religions of the Americas) and Religion 52 (Religion and Music in Cuba) courses. On Thursday, November 12, between 12 and 2pm, in the Hop Garage Studio Space, dance master Reynaldo González Fernández and drummer Stuart Paton will offer a master class on dances for the spirits of several different Afro-Cuban traditions, including West African-derived Lucumí/Santería and Central African-inspired Palo Monte. Reynaldo González Fernández has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (https://www.bso.org/n-s/reynaldo-gonzález-fernández,-afro-cuban-singer-and-dancer.aspx) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (https://www.laphil.com/philpedia/reynaldo-gonzalez-fernandez), among other key cultural institutions. Join us!