International Association for the History of Religions

The history of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) is intimately connected with that of the International As­so­ci­­ation for the History of Religions (IAHR). The AASR was founded at an IAHR Regional Conference at the University of Zimbabwe at Harare, Zimbabwe, in September 1992. And since it was formally admitted as an IAHR affiliate in the XVIIth IAHR World Con­gress in Mexico City in 1995, AASR members have increasingly played prominent roles in the IAHR, as witness the recent IAHR elections during the XIXth IAHR World Congress in Tokyo, in which Prof. Rosalind Hackett and Prof. Gerrie ter Haar, who are both founding members of the AASR and served for many years in AASR executive positions, were elected as IAHR President and Vice President.

IAHR Links and Information:

IAHR website
IAHR Members and Affiliates
IAHR Women Scholars Network
IAHR 2015 Conference in Erfurt, Germany

African Studies 

Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. With almost 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, the African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. Based in the United States, the ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors. For more information, visit the ASA website.

American Academy of Religion

Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has over 9,000 members who teach in some 1,500 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services. Within a context of free inquiry and critical examination, the Academy welcomes all disciplined reflection on religion–both from within and outside of communities of belief and practice–and seeks to enhance its broad public understanding.

As of 2019, AASR Steering Committee members for the AAR include:

The AASR is linked to AAR as a Related Scholarly Organization and hosts panels and presentation each year at the annual AAR meeting. Please see further AASR details on the AAR’s website:  https://papers.aarweb.org/content/african-association-study-religions

Society of Biblical Literature

Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. As an international organization, the Society offers its members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development.

The AASR is linked to SBL as a Program Affiliate and hosts panels and presentations at the SBL meeting, which meets jointly with AAR. For more information, visit the SBL website.

Leadership and Steering Committee for AAR/SBL Panels

Co-Chair: Esther Acolatse, Duke University
Co-Chair: Althea Spencer Miller, Drew University

At the AASR Business Meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA on 22 November 2015, the AASR Executive took nominations for a new steering committee to assist the co-chairs in selecting papers for AASR sponsored sessions. The following committee was formed to serve a 3-year term:

Nathanael Homewood, Rice University
Elana Jefferson-Tatum, Emory University
Stephen Lloyd, Boston University
Lovemore Togarasei, University of Botswana

Journal of Africana Religions (JOAR)

Editors: Edward E. Curtis IV (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) and Sylvester A. Johnson (Virginia Tech University)

The Journal of Africana Religions publishes critical scholarship on Africana religions, including the religious traditions of African and African Diasporic peoples as well as religious traditions influenced by the diverse cultural heritage of Africa. An interdisciplinary journal encompassing history, anthropology, Africana studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, and other allied disciplines, the Journal of Africana Religions embraces a variety of humanistic and social scientific methodologies in understanding the social, political, and cultural meanings and functions of Africana religions.

The chronological scope of the journal is comprehensive and invites research into the history of Africana religions from ancient to contemporary periods. The journal’s geographical purview is global and comprises Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Atlantic islands (such as Cape Verde and São Tomé), the Caribbean, and Europe.) The journal is particularly concerned with publishing research on the historical connections and ruptures involved in the spread of Africana religions from within and beyond Africa. Emphasizing the historical movement or spread of Africana religions and the dynamic transformations they have undergone underscores the nuanced, complex history of these religions and transcends the essentializing gestures that have hindered previous generations of scholarship. For this reason, we encourage authors to examine multiple dimensions of Africana religions, including the relationship between religion and empire, slavery, racism, modern industrial capitalism, and globalization.

The Journal of Africana Religions (JOAR) is published by Penn State University Press.


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