Between Memory, Myth and History: Atlantic Voyages in the Rise of an Afro-Brazilian Temple
Fellows’ Fellowship, 2018–19
A graduate of Yale University, Lisa Earl Castillo holds a PhD in Letras, with a concentration in Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil). Her doctoral thesis examined the transmission of knowledge in an Afro-Brazilian religion, with a focus on how traditional strategies for teaching and learning affect the ways that ethnographic writing on the religion is perceived. It was published in 2008 under the title Entre a Oralidade e a Escrita: a Etnografia nos Candomblés da Bahia. Her current research focuses on reconstructing the life histories of nineteenth-century Yoruba- and Gbe-speaking freed people who are remembered today as the founders of the oldest Afro-Brazilian temples, with special attention to their legendary return voyages to Africa. In this endeavor she utilizes diverse primary sources in Brazilian and West African archives, also conducting ethnographic field work with present-day descendants. Her work has generated articles and book chapters published in Brazil, West Africa and internationally.
- Castillo, Lisa Earl. “Bamboxê Obitikô and the Nineteenth Century Expansion of Orisha Worship in Brazil.” Tempo 22, no. 39 (2016): 126–53.
- Castillo, Lisa Earl. “Mapping the Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Returnee Movement: Demographics, Life Stories and the Questions of Slavery.” Atlantic Studies, Global Currents 13, no. 1 (2016): 25–52.
- Castillo, Lisa Earl, Wlamyra Albuquerque, and Gabriela dos Reis Sampaio. Barganhas e querelas da escravidão: tráfico, alforria e liberdada (séculos XVIII e XIX). Salvador, Brazil: Edufba, 2014.
- Castillo, Lisa Earl. “The Alaketu Temple and its Founders: Portrait of an Afro-Brazilian Dynasty.” Luso-Brazilian Review 50, no. 1 (2013): 83–112.
- Castillo, Lisa Earl. Entre a Oralidade e a Escrita: a Etnografia nos Candomblés da Bahia. Salvador, Brazil: Edufba, 2008.