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Zombies and the Demonisation of African Spirituality. Nzingha lecture 36

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Zombies are popular in Western film and TV but their roots in a perversion of Caribbean and African spiritulaity are routinely ignored. In addition, the zombie itself is often used as a metaphor for current racial and political situations. In this interactive presentation we will cover:

  • Demonisation of African spirituality, how, why and by whom
  • The Haitian revolution's secret weapon
  • African civilisation and spiritual systems pre European invasion
  • Religion as suppression/liberation
  • Political messages in horror movies and tv shows 1932 to 2018
  • Night of the Living Dead to the Walking Dead
  • Why does the black guy always have to die?

This presentation will be delivered by Dr Michelle Asantewa and Tony Warner

About the Nzingha lecture series: Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting.

About the Speakers:Dr Michelle Asantewa

Michelle Yaa Asantewa was born in Guyana in 1969. At age 10, she migrated to the UK to reunite with her mother. Her interest in African traditional spiritual practices and cultural identity prompted her to do a PhD on the Guyanese Komfa ritual.

She formerly lectured in English Literature, Editing and Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University and currently facilitates a range of writing workshops as an Independent Scholar.

She co-founded Way Wive Wordz Publishing, Editing and Tuition services with Ateinda Ausarntu through which she has published her first novel, Elijah and The Awakening and Other Poems and the more recent titles – her PhD Thesis, Guyanese Komfa: the ritual art of trance, Mama Lou Tales: a folkloric biography of a Guyanese elder and Something Buried in the Yard (and extracted novella from her PhD) were launched in July 2016. She writes a regular blog – Way Wive Wordz for the spiritual creative and currently lives in London

Tony Warner is the director of Black History Walks




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