Alexander Rocklin is Assistant Professor of the Study of Religion at Otterbein University. His work examines the politics of the category religion in the interactive making of Hinduism, Islam, and Afro-Atlantic religions in the colonial Caribbean. His first book, The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad, was released from the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. His current research project analyzes the co-production of the categories race and religion in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through a series of case studies of various individuals identifying as “Hindu” throughout the Americas and around the world.
Bishop Brathwaite’s story points out to us the degree to which the ghostly histories of enslaved and colonized peoples continue to haunt the present from the graves of colonial infrastructures and through repurposed modes of colonial regulation. We can include in this the category of religion and its promised freedom as sites for such hauntings as well