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Bachelor of Arts
Educational Studies, Black Studies
Diane Downer Anderson
Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork refer to the constellation of African American traditions of spiritual and physical healing, ancestral devotion, retaliation, and protection created in response to chattel slavery. The current study investigates the multimodal potentials of Hoodoo for holistic healing in the contemporary digital age. Expanding on Erika Gault’s definition of digital Black religion studies as “the study of Black folks’ digital pathways to healing and wholeness (freedom) and their religious contribution to the development of digital technology,” I triangulate a framework of Hoodoo Healing Literacies (HHLs) using practices of Rootwork, Conjure, and CyberHoodoo. These practices correlate to bio-psycho, psycho-spiritual, and psycho-social wellness and healing, respectively. By analyzing Hoodoo subreddit discourse and other forms of media, I explore the ways in which Hoodoo affords healing through magic and folk medicine, ancestral veneration, and cooperative economics as technologies of Black joy and liberation.
Li, Patrick , '23, "It’s What Our Grandmas Did: Decoding Black Wellness, Joy, and Liberation in Contemporary Digital Hoodoo Practice Through a Cooperative Healing Literacies Framework" (2023). Senior Theses, Projects, and Awards. 270.