Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series presents Paul Johnson on March 12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Paul Johnson, professor in the departments of History and Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan, will present “An Automaton’s Interiority: Ajeeb in Brazil, 1896," at 12:15 p.m. on March 12, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Johnson is the author of "Secrets, Gossip and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé" (2002) and "Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa" (2007). He also edited the volume "Spirited Things: The Work of "Possession" in Afro-Atlantic Religions" (2014) and is currently completing a book about automaticity, religion and near-human agency in France and Brazil. 

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – coffee and light lunch fare is provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.      

Last Updated March 15, 2018