Coordinator, Ways of Knowing Annual Conference (2016)
Khytie Brown is a third year doctoral student in the department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. Her research emphasis is on religious expression and cultural production in the Caribbean and Afro-Antillean Panama, with particular attention to sensory epistemologies, disruptions of the sacred/profane binary, mediation, Afrophobia and the interplay between private religious discourses and public space. Khytie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Religion from Emory University in 2010 and her Master of Theological Studies degree, in the area Religion and the Social Sciences, from Harvard Divinity School in 2013.
Her SRC research project investigates the complex ritual activities orchestrated by Jamaican Revival Zion Christian practitioners, asking: what configuration of aromas, tastes, sights, sounds and touches, and even sensorial arrangements outside of the Aristotelian five senses model, make up the scaffolding of the Revival Zion spiritual habitus? Most importantly, how do Revival Zion practitioners assemble the sensorium – outside of empiricist epistemological frameworks – so as to create a pragmatic spiritual habitus that responds effectively to everyday life challenges?