The project director’s research has been curtailed by the pandemic, too, and this week, you can really hear her struggles in dealing with quarantine and how it compares to the process of being physically present in the archives. You’ll also hear about how chasing tangents can lead you down a revelatory rabbit hole.
Side note from Mariam: shortly after we recorded this episode, I started reading Conjure Women, by Afia Atakora, and there the healing woman was, using asafetida. I now can’t remember the scene, but I was excited to see it referenced in a historical novel about African American women healers.
Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod