Ana Lara

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Oregon, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 10078

Approve Date

April 8, 2021

Project Title

Lara, Ana (Oregon, U. of) "Ogun’s Fields: Black Ontologies on the Island of Hispaniola "

The Dominican Republic (DR) is currently experiencing an increase in xenophobic violence, fraught with ethno-nationalist tension around questions of race, and specifically Blackness. The proposed study, Ogun’s Fields: Black Ontologies on the Island of Hispaniola, examines mobilizations of Ogun among vudú practitioners (vuduistas) in local articulations of Blackness. Based on qualitative ethnographic research, Ogun’s Fields is an in-depth study of Blackness within a socio-political site that exhibits the ideological extremes of racial identification – where one side of the island is articulated as the Black Republic and the other a Catholic Hispanic ethno-state. Through ethnographic research I ask, “How do vuduista mobilizations of Ogun shape articulations of Blackness in the Dominican Republic?” To examine this question, I will conduct research over nine months with vuduistas in the Dominican Republic. This study intervenes in and contributes to anthropological debates on modern human ontologies – specifically on the role of Black people within modernity; anthropological theorizations of racialized subjectivities – and specifically Black articulations of subjectivity; and anthropological studies of the relationship between religions and Blackness – specifically the relationship between vudú and Blackness in the Dominican Republic.