CGIS South Building | 1730 Cambridge Street | Tsai Auditorium, Lower Level

The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents its third day-long conference on the theme African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes. Coined by R. Murray Schafer, the term soundscape refers to a combination of sounds that inhabit an environment. Songs, stomps, chants, claps, rhythmic breaths, animal sounds, ringing bells, prayers, shaking rattles, shouts, laughter, rustles of leaves, pounding of pestle on mortar, and more comprise the soundscapes of African and Diasporic Religious practice. This conference will investigate and celebrate these sounds, the aural tapestries they weave, and the ways in which they are integral to our understandings of the worldsenses contained in these rich traditions.

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includes lunch, tote, conference program, and after party performance featuring WolfHawkJaguar

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Sponsored by Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard Center for African Studies, Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society, Department of African and African American Studies, WGBH, The Orisa Community Development Corporation, and Ase Ire

Keynote address by

Wande Abimbola

Professor Emeritus of African Languages and Literatures and Awise Awo Ni Agbaye (Spokesperson for Ifa Religion throughout the world)

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Opening Plenary by

Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie

Professor of English and Author of African Religious Traditions in the Works of Toni Morrison

Special Guest

Adimu Madyun aka WolfHawkJaguar

Award-winning filmmaker, musician, actor, and activist

African and Diasporic Religions
Film Festival
Saturday, April 4, 2015 | 11 am - 4 pm
Featuring the films
Sacred Journeys: Osun-Osogbo
Search for the Everlasting Coconut Tree (Adimu Madyun)
The Summer of Gods (Eliciana Nascimento)


Conference Venue
Harvard University
CGIS South Building
1730 Cambridge Street
Lower Level
Travel to Boston

The nearest airport is Boston Logan International (BOS) and Boston is easily accessible via ground transportation from many nearby cities including New York, Newark, NJ and Hartford, CT  via:

Bolt Bus
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Lodging in Boston

Connect with local people renting rooms or entire apartments. The most economical way to stay close to campus

Best Western Hotel Tria
Approximately 10 minutes from the venue by free shuttle

40 Berkley Street Hostel
Approximately 20 minutes from venue by public transportation, 10 minutes by car/taxi

Hostelling International Boston Approximately 30 minutes from venue by public transportation, 15 minutes by car/taxi

Super 8 Motel - Watertown
Approximately 25 minutes from venue by public transportation, 10 minutes by car/taxi

La Quinta Inn & Suites Boston & Somerville
Approximately 15 minutes from venue by car/taxi

Buckminster Hotel
Approximately 30 minutes from venue by public transportation, 15 minutes by car/taxi