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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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African Association for the Study of Religions

Call for Papers: 

The African continent is one of the global locations where Christianity is increasing most rapidly. The history of Churches in Africa is contextualized by colonial encounters between European forms of Christianity and varieties of African religions, spiritualities, traditional belief systems. This has produced various strains and adaptations of Christian ecclesiologies that are still emerging, distinctive, and in some instances dominated by traditional practices. While interest in studying enculturated forms of African ecclesiologies and their social, cultural, and political contextualizations enjoys increased study, for example, missiology, African Biblical hermeneutics and translation, African theology and philosophy, or Africana Studies there remain many areas of interest and lines of inquiry. We, therefore, invite papers that focus upon churches in the African context and are also in conversation with African scholars of Christianity whether located in an African country or in its Diaspora. Such papers could be theoretical treatments of the church in frameworks and models arising from African experience (e.g., church as family, church and mission in Africa, church and ancestors, etc.), or could be ethnographic studies of ecclesial structures and institutional realities in particular contexts or church communities. We are particularly interested in papers that address poverty, colonialism, the role of women, sexuality, and Christian/Muslim/African Traditional Religion relationships as they relate to the life of the church in Africa Christian/Muslim/ATR relationships.

It is a joint session with the Ecclesiastical Investigations Group

""Scripturalization and Orality in/as African Spirituality: A Preface to African Hermeneutics"

The African Biblical Hermeneutics and the African Association for the Study of Religion invite papers that theorize on scripturalization, orature, and orality as a cultural way of life in African and African Diasporic cultures. Papers can address specific themes including the epistemological, philosophical, socio-cultural, genre, linguistic and performative aspects of orality; or even its relation to the general life styles and rhythms of the earth. Since these themes are also available for exploration from the biblical side, scripturalization provides that entry point. We would like contributions that develop the ontological and existential realities of African cultures as bases that generate fundamental theories for African and African Diasporic hermeneutics and heuristics. We strongly urge interactions with African scholars such as Chinua Achebe, Ousseina Alidou, Ezra Chitando, Afe Adogame, Solomon Iyasere, Helen Mugambi, Isidore Okpewho, Ngugi Wa-Thiongo, etc.

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