The Spiritual Laws of Gold: Time, Space, and Mining Rituals in Ghana

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Professor Lauren Coyle Rosen 
Department of Anthropology, Princeton University
The Spiritual Laws of Gold: Time, Space, and Mining Rituals in Ghana
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30
Room: JHB100A and 100B, Jackman Humanities Building

What are the spiritual dimensions that govern gold in Ghana and elsewhere? How do miners and others making claims to the sacred ore harness, supplicate, neutralize, or otherwise try to navigate the numinous realms that suffuse the gold fields? How do the divine laws that pertain to gold rituals unsettle and expand conventional notions of time and space, as well as of nature and culture? This talk draws from extensive ethnographic research on gold mining and spiritual jurisdictions in Ghana, focusing on contemporary struggles among corporate and artisanal miners in the penumbra of the industry.

The Centre hosts exceptional international scholars each year for public talks. The series self-consciously curates the cutting edge of diaspora and transnational studies, with our audiences often including a mix of undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty from across the University, and members of the public. Talks are generally 45 minutes long with additional time for questions and answers.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.