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Department of History


Dylan Kobus

Title: Graduate Student
MA Science, Technology, and Environment
Department: Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Advisor: Andrew Berns

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BA in History, University of South Carolina


I study the occult practices of enslaved people in the American South during the Antebellum period. I am particularly interested in how specific practices were utilized in everyday life, and how the enslaved interacted with the non-enslaved via ritual and non-ritual magical practice. 

My bachelor's thesis, "The Magical South and Its Origin: A Study on the Hybridization, Origins and Practices of Slave Religions from 1750 to 1865," focused primarily on how West African and Afro-Islamic diasporas were influenced by their origin points in their usage of the occult.

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