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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration
Adjunct Professor

Patrick Wilkinson

St. Mary's College of Maryland

While working as a contract consultant for the U.S. State Department in Guantanamo Bay in 1994, Patrick Wilkinson became fascinated by both the Haitian people and their culture, in particular in the practice of Vodou. Twenty-five years later his dissertation examined the ways that caves are used as sacred space in modern Vodou rituals using both ethnographic and ethno-archaeological approaches. His special areas of interest include the concept of “sacred space” and religious pilgrimages around the world. He is currently organizing an ethnographic field school for St Mary’s College of Maryland, set for July of 2022, that will examine how ties to the landscape are integral to self-identification among the Garifuna people of coastal Belize.