Solimar Otero's Yemoja Finalist for 2014 Albert J. Raboteau Prize
Monday, June 2, 2014
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Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o
and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas, co-edited by Solimar Otero and Toyin Falola, is a finalist for the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions,
presented by the Journal of Africana Religions.
award is given each year to an academic book that exemplifies the ethos and
mission of the Journal of Africana
an interdisciplinary journal that publishes scholarship on African and African
diasporic religious traditions. To become eligible for the award, books
must be nominated by an academic publisher, and a prestigious five-member
committee is responsible for assessing these nominations and determining a
winner. The selection, thus, is international in scope and highly competitive.
Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas is the first collection of essays to analyze intersectional religious and
cultural practices surrounding the deity Yemoja. In Afro-Atlantic traditions,
Yemoja is associated with motherhood, women, the arts, and the family.
Contributors come from a wide range of fields—religious studies, art history,
literature, and anthropology—and focus on the central concern of how different
religious communities explore issues of race, gender, and sexuality through
religious practice and discourse. The volume adds the voices of religious
practitioners and artists to those of scholars to engage in conversations about
how Latino/a and African diaspora religions respond creatively to a history of