Thanks to all of you for making our 8th annual AASR Africa conference a success! Our theme for this year was “Revisiting Religion, Politics, and the State in Africa and the African Diaspora,” and from great papers to stimulating questions and conversations, it was engaging all around. Hosted in Lusaka on the beautiful campus of Justo Mwale University, in partnership with colleagues from the University of Zambia, a good time was had by all. A big thank you to our hosts, conference organizers, and delegates for making this event a success!
Special thanks to Johanneke Kroesbergen for taking outstanding photos and making them available to us. Please take time to check out the the photos here:
For this week’s conference, please note an updated program (hopefully the final one!), paper abstracts, and conference information below:
Reminder: for any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish everyone safe travels and look forward to seeing you there!
The 8th annual AASR conference in Africa is only one week away! For those preparing to join us in Lusaka, please note the following details as you finalize your travel plans:
1. Any conference participants who need an airport transfer, or who have any other inquiries, are asked to contact email@example.com for assistance.
2. The address of the conference venue is as follows:Justo Mwale University Plot 19 Munali Road Chamba Valley, Lusaka http://www.justomwale.net/
3. The interim program schedule can be accessed here:
CENTRE FOR BLACK ORIENTATION AND AFRICAN CONSCIOUSNESS, CEBOAC, IBADAN, NIGERIA
AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN.
In collaboration with DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY, SAMONDA, IBADAN.
2018 FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN HOMELANDS AND SOCIAL THEORY
(A 2-Day International Conference in Honour of Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
Religion-State Relationship in Postcolonial Africa: Issues, Contexts and Perspectives
VENUE: UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN.
DATE: 10 -11TH OCTOBER, 2018
TIME: 10:00AM DAILY
CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: Fela Anikulapo Kuti International Conference on African Homelands and Social Theory is an annual international conference that brings together academicians and research scholars in African and Diaspora Studies and importantly researchers in the Fela phenomenon. The international conference provides the medium and opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and develop academic researches done in the gear of decolonizing knowledge in the African educational system and with the sole aim of adding values to knowledge production in its Africanity. The conference seek to promote intellectualism in its Africaness, Culture education and traditions of African homelands and the diaspora. In fulfilling this, while the international conference provides an environment for cross- fertilization of ideas to produce knowledge and new thoughts and philosophies, the conference as well accommodates political education for the decolonization of African homelands as a step to rescue the westernization of education in Africa.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 2018 FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN HOMELANDS AND SOCIAL THEORY is planned to feature paper presentations on some selected thematic issues relating to the concept note. Participants are invited from different fields and practices including: religious studies, music, theatre and film, literary and cultural studies, political science, sociology, history, philosophy and other related areas. The paper abstract must not be more than 300 words.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE OPENING CEREMONY
Professor Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin, USA
LEAD PAPER PRESENTERS:
Prof. J.K Ayantayo, Prof. of Christian theology, Head, Department of Religious Studies, U.I
Prof. Anthony Akinwale, Vice- Chancellor, Dominican University, Samonda, Ibadan
Emeritus Professor Femi Osofisan, University of Ibadan.
THEMATIC ISSUES: Conference papers will cover the under listed thematic issues:
a. Religion, International political system and Africa
b. Religion, Ideology and Nationalism
c. Religion and Philosophy
d. Religion and Music in the African Context
e. Religion and Language in the African Perspective
f. Religion and Conventional Thoughts
g. Religion, Education and Law
h. Historiography of Religion within the African Context
i. Comparative Approach to Non-African and African Belief Systems
j. Religion and Emerging Gender Issues
k. Religion, Terrorism, Peace and Strategic studies
l. The Foreign in African Traditional Religions
m. Religion and Humanity in the African Context
n. Political economy of religion
o. Comparative Study on Religion, Spirituality and Culture
p. Religion and African mystery system
q. Religion and Secret societies
r. Religion, methodology and politics of knowledge production
s. Religion, Postcolonial Africanities and human development
t. Religion, Secularism and globalization
u. Religion and Environmental issues
v. Religion, Archaeology and social Anthropology
w. Religion and classical studies
Prospective paper presenters are to adhere strictly to the APA Format for writing research papers.
Abstracts and full papers can be submitted by email to the Conference Convener, Olusegun Michael Ogundele at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the official conference email address: email@example.com
Publicity: 15th May, 2018
Deadline for submission: 5th August, 2018
Notification of acceptance: 19th August, 2018
Deadline for final paper submission: 5th September, 2018
Conference date: 10- 11 October, 2018
The international conference will have as part of its special features A FRENCH PANEL. This French panel is being sponsored by IFRA- NIGERIA and Alliance Francais, Ibadan. Papers to be presented at this French panel will be submitted in French Language, especially to encourage participation from African research scholars in Francophone countries. Presentation at the panel will be in French language. There is as well a possibility for a French translator to English Language so that the parallel session will not close its door against other participants in the conference.
CONTACT PERSONS FOR THE ORGANISATION OF THE FRENCH PANEL:
Dr. Nicolas Michelland, Director, Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr. Elodie Apard, Director, French Institute for Research in Africa, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
Prof. Tunde Ayeleru, Head, Department of European Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
Prof. Anthony Akinwale, Vice Chancellor, Dominican University, Samonda, Ibadan.
OLUSEGUN MICHAEL OGUNDELE
Warm congratulations to Professor Elias Kifon Bongmba, our AASR president, who recently received an honorary doctorate from Lund University! As part of the events, Professor Bongmba attended a graduate seminar and delivered an inaugural lecture entitled: “Eschatology in Africa: Between the Dialectics of Theological Prediction and Social Practice.”
Here is the write-up from the Commencement program, held at Lund Cathedral on May 25, 2018:
“Elias Kifon Bongmba is a theology, religious studies, and African Studies scholar who works at Rice University in Houston Texas.
His research and teaching covers broad areas and combines theology, religious studies, philosophy and ethnology. His books include philosophical, theological, and social analysis of African witchcraft, and discussions of public theology as well as the HIV-AIDS pandemic in Africa. He is currently working on an extensive introduction to the three major groups of religious traditions in Africa: traditional African religions, Islam, and Christianity.
Professor Bongmba has previously visited Lund as a keynote speaker. He also participates in various research and publication projects together with several researchers at the Lund Faculty of Theology.
Elias Kifon Bongmba was born in Cameroon where he initially studied to become a teacher and Baptist Pastor, before embarking on an academic career in the United States. He is the holder of the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian theology, and a professorship in religious studies.
Lund University has a special focus on Africa and global challenges. By making Elias Kifon Bongmba honorary Doctor of Theology in connection with the University’s 350th anniversary, the Faculty of Theology wants to show its appreciation for his way of addressing important societal issues in a boundary-crossing manner, thereby building bridges between theology and other disciplines.”