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1.     In Memory of John Mbiti
We solicit papers that explore the legacy and impact of John Mbiti’s work in both the Academy and the Church, especially his work to foster ecumenism. We welcome engagement on a variety of topics including his many books, his approach to the relationship between the African church and the global communion, and his influence in the creation of the field of African religions in Christianity.
This session is a panel with formal papers. Please submit proposals for 15-minute papers.

2.     In Memory of John Pobee
We solicit papers that explore the legacy and impact of John Pobee’s work in both the Academy and the Church. We solicit papers that engage his work in African Christianity, religion, and culture, particularly ecclesiology and missiology in global perspective.
This session is a panel with formal papers. Please submit proposals for 15-minute papers.

3.     Religion(s), Natural Disasters, and Pandemics
More than many peoples, Africans read their lives religiously, especially inexplicable phenomena. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and past pandemics that have affected the Continent, like HIV/AIDS, the Ebola crisis, and other natural disasters, we invite papers that explore how religion is utilized by affected communities to explain such phenomena and sustain themselves. We especially welcome papers that explore the history of the use of religion and religious attitudes from ancient/traditional to modern/technological times.
This session is a panel with formal papers. Please submit proposals for 15-minute papers.

Mission Statement:

The African Association for the Study of Religions is an academic association of the scholars of religions posted in universities in Africa, and of scholars of the religions of Africa posted in universities outside Africa. It was founded at an IAHR (International Association for the History of Religions) conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, in September 1992 for the purpose of promoting the academic study of the religions of Africa more generally through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject. The AASR seeks to stimulate the academic study of religions of Africa in a variety of ways: providing a forum for multilateral communications between scholars of African religions; facilitating the exchange of resources and information; encouraging the development of linkages and research contacts between scholars and institutions in Africa, and between scholars in Africa and those overseas. The AASR also endeavors to assist scholars to publish their work and travel to professional meetings. The AASR is an affiliate of the IAHR since 1995. It meets at the IAHR quinquennial congress and organizes conferences in Africa. Its members participate in panels at conferences outside of Africa. The AASR publishes the bi-annual AASR Bulletin and maintains a web site: www.a-asr.org. AASR publishes peer-reviewed an online journal that is available at http://www.a-asr.org/journal/guidelines-for-authors/.

Method of Submission:

INSPIRE

 

Co-Chairs:

Timothy Hartman, HartmanT@ctsnet.edu

Nathanael Jedidiah Homewood, nathanael.j.homewood@gmail.com

Damaris S. Parsitau, dparsitau@yahoo.com

 

Steering Committee:

Estsher Acolatse, esther.acolatse@utoronto.ca

Elias Bongmba, bongmba@rice.edu

Coery Williams, c.l.williams@hum.leidenuniv.nl