Honorable Mention, 2019 Barbara T. Christian Literary Award, given by the Caribbean Studies Association for Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions by Elizabeth Pérez

We’re excited to report that Elizabeth Pérez has received an honorable mention for the Barbara T. Christian Literary Award! From the Caribbean Studies Association: “The committee found Pérez’s ethnography and exposition of Lukumi practitioners, an Afro-Cuban religion in Chicago, innovative, illuminating, and peerless. Centering women, domestic labor, and ritual preparation, Pérez elevates the mundane aspects of religious life to new levels of theoretical import. Religion in the Kitchen recuperates the legitimacy of Black Atlantic engagements with the divine through a reappraisal of the less captivating aspects of religious and social life. In so doing, Pérez questions our equation of religion with Eurocentric prototypes of what it means to be an authentic religious tradition and invites us to think broadly and comparatively on the import of the ordinary to the constitution and possibility of religious experience itself.” Congrats!