Februar 2012

 

THE YORUBA DIASPORA IN LATIN-AMERICA

Samstag 04.02.2012 16:00 | Seminarraum 1

Eintritt: Frei

Veranstalter/-in: Werkstatt der Kulturen

Vermietung

CONCEPTS, KEYWORDS AND LIMITATIONS

The present research takes as its point of departure the concept of a mundialized Yoruba identity observable in the Americas. In his doctoral research which concentrated mainly on the Yoruba Diaspora in Brazil, Dr. Félix Ayoh‘OMIDIRE referred to this identity as the concept of YoruBaianidade. This concept was defined as the spirit of ethnic, ideological, political, symbolic, cultural and religious affiliation of contemporary Latin-American subjects to what Matory (1994) called the Yoruba Atlantic Complex, a world in which the worldview as well as the philosophy of life of the Yorubas predominates. The Yorubas
themselves are a people of African descent who originated in the Gulf of Benin in West-Africa, from where they have spread to the different diasporas of the Afro-Atlantic world. There they have constituted, since the 19th Century, the most significant component in the construction of cultural, social and religious identities of diverse Afro-Latin-American societies such as Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Venezuela and Puerto Rico,among others.

Félix Ayoh’OMIDIRE (Ph.D) teaches Afro-Brazilian and Latin American literary, cultural and ethnic studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He was an Exchange Professor of Yoruba at the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador-BA, Brazil, and has held
many scholarship and fellowship awards in different international institutions.
Currently, he is on an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s George Forster Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the Humboldt University where he is writing a book about the Yoruba Atlantic Diaspora and the Construction of Cultural Identities in Latin America and the Caribbean.