This is a blog about Haitian Vodou, more accurately called Sèvis Ginen. It will feature my scholarship and scholarship-in-progress. It will also sometimes include high-quality guest entries in English and Haitian Kreyòl from leaders in the community. In particular, I will be using this as a forum for discussing some of the challenges and advantages that come with being both a scholar and practitioner of a religious tradition.
I’m Adam McGee, a doctoral candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard University. I am also an oungan asogwe, initiated in Jacmel, Haiti by Manbo Marie Maude Evans of Sosyete Nago. I study the historical and cultural processes that impact the lives of Haitian Vodouisants, as well as the ways that those lives are perceived and imagined by outsiders. My dissertation project examines how sacred ideas of Africa inform the religious practices and self-understanding of a diverse range of Vodou practitioners, including converts.
I’ve been published in The Journal of Haitian Studies, and will soon appear in Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, and in the edited volume Gemini and the Sacred: Twins and Twinship in Religion and Myth.
If you have any questions about me or my work, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I am eager to have my work read, shared, and discussed, please make sure that proper credit is given to me if you quote me or cite my work. I am a young scholar trying to start a career, so it matters that I get credit for my words and ideas. So, please don’t steal my work!
I welcome comments on all posts in English, Haitian Kreyòl, and French. I want this to be a forum for robust discussions about these themes, with content shaped by the interests of readers. To guarantee that this is a safe space for everyone, the comments are moderated, and will be posted as soon as I have time to approve them. All comments will be approved, so long as they are on topic, courteous, and do not contain ad hominem attacks.
Thanks for reading and contributing!
Masthead and author photos courtesy of Elizabeth Crocker.