AASR President, Elias Bongmba, is new the Executive Editor of The Journal of Religion in Africa.

The Journal of Religion in Africa invites you to consider serving as a reviewer of manuscripts that have been submitted to the journal. The peer review process remains the core of our intellectual practice and we would greatly appreciate it you take the time to review submissions. If you are interested in occasionally reviewing submissions, send a message to Elias Bongmba, Executive Editor bongmba@rice.edu or to Diana Bell at bell.dianna@gmail.com.

IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement Feb 2019

AASR colleagues, please note the following communication from IAHR Acting Secretary General, Satoko Fujiwara regarding  the IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement. We’re especially delighted to note that one of our AASR founding members, Professor Gerrie ter Haar (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), has been honoured with an IAHR Honorary Lifetime Membership! Congratulations, Gerrie! Check the bulletin for further details.
Dear Colleagues,
[…] I am pleased to send you the IAHR e-Bulletin Supplement, February 2019 with the latest news. It includes the “Minutes of the IAHR International Committee Meeting, Bern, Switzerland, June 19, 2018,” information on the upcoming IAHR World Congress and Conferences, a call for suggestions as to matters to be discussed for the future of the IAHR, and some more important announcements and reports. […] The file is available at the IAHR website.  It is very important for the well-functioning of the IAHR that not only you but also all individual members of your organization are continuously being informed and updated on the IAHR.
Sincerely yours,
Satoko Fujiwara, IAHR Acting Secretary General, Tokyo, February 5, 2019.



Announcing a Partnership with the Journal of Africana Religions!


A letter from our President, Elias K. Bongmba, outlining an exciting new initiative with the Journal of Africana Religions, followed by our joint press release. Read on!












Dear Colleagues of the AASR Community,

The executive of AASR has received, discussed, and approved an invitation from Professor Sylvester Johnson and Professor Edward Curtis, editors of the Journal of African Religions, for the African Association for the Study of Religions to collaborate closely with the Journal of Africana Religions. This is a new chapter for us, but also similar to the ties we have with the Journal of Religion in Africa.The journal also edits a book series in Africana Religions and recent authors who have published in the series include Oludamini Ogunnaike and Adriaan van Klinken. Please do take some time and look at the description of the series here.

We are delighted to tell you that as part of this collaboration, the editors of the journal have informed us that AASR members based in Africa will receive free subscriptions to the journal. Our members who live outside Africa will receive discounted subscription to the journal.

We invite all our members to be part of this expanded intellectual collaboration because it further fulfills one of our goals of strengthening our growing intellectual community in Africa and the African diaspora.


Elias K. Bongmba
President, AASR

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Sara Fretheim, sara@sarafretheim.com
Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu

RELEASE DATE: November 29, 2018


Today the African Association for the Study of the Religions (AASR) and the Journal of Africana Religions announced a multifaceted partnership that will advance the global study of Africana religions.

“This is a new chapter for us,” said AASR President Elias Bongmba, who is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology at Rice University. “It significantly strengthens our growing intellectual community in Africa and the African diaspora.”

The new partnership’s most ambitious component is the creation of pan-Atlantic research teams that will unite scholars from Africa, the Americas, and Europe for collaborative research and writing. “In some cases,” according to Journal of Africana Religions co-founder and Virginia Tech Humanities Center Director Sylvester Johnson, “these will be mentoring relationships between senior and junior scholars. In other cases, the pairs will be composed of professors of equal rank. Whatever the case, the pairings must be mutually beneficial.”
“If these research pairings work the way we want them to,” added journal co-founder and IUPUI Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts Edward Curtis, “some of them will lead to joint authorship of book manuscripts that we will want to consider for publication.” In addition to editing the journal, Johnson and Curtis are the editors of a Penn State University Press book series on Africana religions.

Under the new partnership agreement, AASR will become a Journal of Africana Religions sponsor, and AASR members working in Africa will receive complimentary e-subscriptions to the journal.

The Journal of Africana Religions will also play a role at the 9th AASR conference in Dakar, Senegal, in 2020.

Both groups plan on supporting one another’s social media and communications strategies, too.

Founded in 1992 in Harare, Zimbabwe, the AASR promotes the study of religions in Africa through international collaboration in research, publishing, and teaching. AASR is an affiliate organization of the International As­so­ci­­ation for the History of Religions. It provides a scholarly network for scholars across the African continent, Europe, and North America through its conferences in Africa, its bulletin, its own e-journal on African and African diasporic religions, and annual meetings at the American Academy of Religion and African Studies Association. It also supports the Journal of Religion in Africa.

The Journal of Africana Religions is a peer-reviewed journal that features research on the diverse religious heritage of African and African-descended people. Now in its seventh volume, the journal, which is published by Penn State University Press, is available from Project Muse and JSTOR as well as in print. It is also sponsored by the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD).

Both organizations emphasized that their new cooperation will complement rather than compete with existing partnerships and initiatives. The purpose is to increase resources devoted to the growth of the field in order to reflect its critical importance to the future of human knowledge-making.

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Religion, Gender and Body Politics


Religion and Gender 7, 2 (2017): Religion, Gender and Body Politics

Call for online submission of articles to Alternation


Johannes Andreas Smit, editor of the online open access journal Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa, invites submission of articles in the area Religion and Social Transformation in Africa, or on Religion and Social Responsibility in Africa. He shall also consider submissions in important topical issues such Gender, Ecology/Environment, Religion and/ in Education, IT/Social Media and Religion in Africa, and other relevant and topical issues

In March 2018, Alternation will start using the OJS online managing system. Articles may be submitted for publication in Alternation by first registering as author or reviewer (or reader) at ) at http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/user/register. Then, to submit an article, click, http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa, then click LOGIN, enter Username and Password, and click the Login button. Then click Author, and follow the steps.

Alternation, founded in 1994, is a peer reviewed journal, approved by our South African Department of Higher Education and Training, in 1996. Its archive is available at http://alternation.ukzn.ac.za/archive.aspx.

Of special interest to scholars of religions in Africa and elsewhere  are:
Alternation Special Edition No 2 (2005) The Study of Religion in Southern Africa: Essays in Honour of G.C. Oosthuizen

Alternation Special Edition No. 3 (2009) Religion and Diversity

Alternation Special Edition No 10 (2013) Research in Religion and Education

Alternation Special Edition No 11 (2013) Research in Religion and Society

Alternation Special Edition No 14 (2015) Empire Religions, Theologies, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Alternation 23,2 (2016) HIV, AIDS, Sex and Sexualities in Africa

and to appear soon: Alternation Special edition 19 (2017) on Religion and Social Responsibility with contributions by authors from Kenya (1), Zambia (2) and Zimbabwe (2).


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