Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús is a cultural and social anthropologist who has conducted multi-sited ethnographic field-research with Santería practitioners in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, and Miami, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She studies travel, religious tourism, return dynamics, and the uses, practices, circulation, and consumption of religious media within diasporic religious circuits. The most current phase in this project involves archival research in Cuba and publications on issues of race, gender and sexuality within Santeria religious travel, tourism, and media. Dr. Beliso-De Jesús is particularly interested in the role of different forms of media as constitutive of religious-nationalist subjectivities within transnational connectivities; the consumption of popular horror films and religious media; and the uses of internet technologies in the constructions and negotiations of self and other. For nearly 16 years, she has worked with numerous grass-roots, public policy, substance abuse and other non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area advocating social justice issues, teen-parent education and non-violence for youth of color. Some of her topical areas of research and teaching include: ethnography of transnational religions; African diaspora religious studies; transnational feminisms; anthropology of media and the internet; postcolonial and critical theory; anthropology of the Caribbean and Latin America.
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