Vivian Dzokoto

Meet VCU’s Authors: Vivian Dzokoto

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Vivian Dzokoto, Associate Professor of African American Studies
Once upon a shrine: Stories from an Unusual Field Site

Researchers collect data in many different places. Laboratories, online, archives, homes, organizations (such as schools and churches), and neighborhoods are the usual suspects. Yet some researchers gather information at more unusual research sites. As part of a multi-country project exploring spiritual experiences in different religions and cultures, Dr. Vivian Dzokoto interviewed traditional priests at the shrines of African deities in rural Ghana during the summer of 2017. This talk is a reflection on what she observed there. It explores the roles of traditional priests in West Africa (including as health and mental health care providers, problem-solvers, and diviners); how Dr. Dzokoto gained access to the target population; and the trouble shooting required to make the data collection process a success.

Wednesday February 28, 2018
7:00 pm
Multipurpose Room, Second Floor (room 250), Cabell Library