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African Association for the Study of Religion

Call for Proposals

The African Association for the Study of Religion is planning the following sessions:

  • An author-meet-critics book panel
  • A co-sponsored session with the African Biblical Hermeneutics Group of the SBL with the following Call for Papers:


African Oral traditions and the Bible

Jesus’ pedagogy reflected the practices of Jewish and Hellenistic oral cultures. Storytelling and ritual actions constitute powerful forms of symbolic speech that convey and connect Christian history and present practice. We invite proposals for formal papers to participate in a panel that explores the interaction between African oral traditions and Biblical interpretation.


  • A session of Desmond Tutu that likely will be co-sponsored with the Theology of Desmond Tutu group with the following Call for Papers:

In memory of the late South African Anglican Archbishop emeritus, Desmond Tutu, paper proposals are sought that reflect his passions: 

    • Creation: Recognizing our connection to and dependence on all creation - one another, creation, and the planet
    • Justice: Social, Gender, or Environmental
    • Woman leadership in the church and later non-patriarchal (LGBTQIA+)
    • Children 
    • The Church
    • Inter-faith collaboration 
    • HIV awareness, prevention, and destigmatization


Papers may employ a variety of methodologies (including but not limited to, historical, ethnographic, sociological, or theological) and may either engage Tutu’s works directly or connect the themes of his life and work to analyze other religious phenomena on the African continent. This session is a panel with formal papers. Please submit proposals for 15-minute papers.

Statement of Purpose




Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members