Africana Religious Studies

Sixteenth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium: March 23-26, 2017

Africana Religious Studies

The Africana Studies and Religion Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium convenes a variety of Africana scholars from a collage of disciplines. These include transatlantic studies, Pan-African and African Studies, Diasporic Studies, critical theory, literary criticism, and all the other ways that continuing migrations continue to shape an emerging discourse. This emerging and growing discourse shapes the identities, scholarship and production of knowledge for communities for whom Africa is an originary space, an essential trope, a reference to and about social arrangements, and cultural forms that interrogates and vitalizes the production of knowledge. The Baobab tree offers an image that anchors the interweavings of many strands.

For nearly three days we will explore the contours, massage the parameters, and mine the content of emergent Africana Religious Studies. This is a dialogue between Africana and Religious studies that includes all diasporic communities that gather around the Baobab tree and share their experiences, insights and scholarship that has developed around the various corners of the Black Atlantic. It will address questions of the current production of knowledge in the fields related to the religious, spiritual and social needs of African descended people. The fluidity of its concepts, its locational multiplicity spanning continents, islands, and nations opens up to appropriately variegated sets of approaches, understandings, and musings. The confluence of different cultural strategies and styles of epistemic methodologies provide an interesting critique of the fault lines in a decolonizing encounter of liberatory and restorative performances, analyses, and theories.

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