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The Color of God: New Journal Issue Explores Race and Religion

May 25, 2018

“Fè – Faith” - Anse-à-Foleur, Haiti (2015) photograph by Régine Romain

ADRSA director Funlayo E. Wood served as the guest editor for the latest issue of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, which is hot off the digital presses! The issue features articles exploring the intersections of race and religion, with focus on African and Disaporic religions, penned by scholar-friends of the ADRSA including DeShannon Bowens, Khytie K. Brown, Kyrah Malika Daniels, Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie, and Regine Romain, who provided the cover image. 

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"Spiritual Citizenship" author N. Fadeke Castor to Speak at Symposium

March 16, 2018

We're excited to welcome you to New Orleans next month and we're more excited for the great line-up of speakers, vendors, and events lined up! Spiritual Citizenship: Transnational Pathways from Black Power to Ifa in Trinidad author N. Fadeke Castor will be in the building on April 20th speaking on the Juju Justice panel about policing and liberation in African and Diasporic religions.

Dr. Castor is Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and Anthropology at Texas A & M University. An initiate...

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Wakanda to NOLA: ADRSA 2018 Keeps the Black Panther Energy Going!

February 28, 2018


Wakanda to NOLA: In the Wake of Black Panther, Upcoming Symposium to Highlight African American Contributions to the Spiritual Heritage of the African Diaspora

“Nina Simone” from the WOODEN QUILTS® collection by Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, the Symposium’s featured artist. The WOODEN QUILTS® collection was created using wood from St. Jaques’ Katrina-damaged home in the Treme neigborhood of New Orleans. Pieces from the collection will be on display during the sympos...

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ADRSA 2018 Speaker Line-Up Is Here!

February 25, 2018

The speaker line up for our 6th Anniversary Symposium, Roots, Rocks & Ring Shouts is here! Join us in New Orleans April 20-22, 2018 for a weekend of learning and celebration in one of the country's most unique and happening cities! 
We're excited for the return of Yeye Luisah Teish, our very first keynote speaker in 2012 who is joining us again -- this time in her native city -- as our morning Keynote for 2018. For our afternoon Keynote, the Teresa N. Washington will bring words we're sure you...

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CFP: The Color of God: Faith, Race, and Interreligious Dialogue

November 1, 2016

The Journal of Interreligious Studies™

Special Issue Call for Papers

The Color of God: Faith, Race, and Interreligious Dialogue

Funlayo E. Wood, Guest Editor
Axel Takács, Editor-in-Chief

Deadline Extended. New submission deadline: December 2, 2016

Race and religion have been strange bedfellows since the beginning of contact between diverse peoples. While religion is culturally and racially bound, with each cultural group traditionally having its own way of conceptualizing and worshipi...

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Introducing Deanna Oyafemi Lowman, Our 2016 Featured Artist

March 21, 2016

Since our first symposium in 2012, the ADRSA has featured a work of art by an artist who works in African and Diasporic religious themes and which captures the conference theme. This year, the chosen piece is entitled "Destiny" by Deanna Oyafemi Lowman, our 2016 featured artist. Created in mixed media of ink and watercolor, "Destiny" (above left) reflects Ms. Lowman's multiple talents as she works in varied media including film and digital photography, ink, watercolor, and metal to produce un...
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Keynote: Robert Farris Thompson to Deliver 2016 Address

March 3, 2016

                               Iimage by Matthew Sussman for Yale Alumni Magazine

The ADRSA is honored to announce Robert Farris Thompson as our 2016 keynote speaker. Author of numerous books including The Face of the Gods: Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas and the highly acclaimed Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art and Philosophy, which celebrates 33 years of publication this year and which has remained in print since its publication in 1983. We will celebrate th...
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Aisha Beliso-De Jesus to Devliver Plenary at The Divine and the Digital

January 9, 2016
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

Aisha Beliso-De Jesus, Associate Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School and author of Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion (2015) will deliver the opening plenary address at the ADRSA's fourth conference, The Divine and The Digital, to be held at Harvard University on April 8.

Professor Beliso-De Jesus is a cultural and social anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork in Cuba and the United States for over ten years and whose...

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New Film "Yemanja" to Feature at 2016 Conference

December 30, 2015

The ADRSA is pleased to announce Yemanjá:Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil as a featured film for 2016 conference and film festival to be held April 8-9, 2016 at Harvard University. Produced and directed by Donna Roberts, Yemanjá offers a look into the Brazilian
Candomblé faith and explores it's history, social challenges and triumphs, community ties and earth-based wisdom.
The film's story is told primarily through the voices of select women leaders of Candomblé, most of them re...

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CFP: "Trees Take Us to the Gods"

May 21, 2015

Join the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA) for an exciting colloquium entitled "Trees Take Us to the Gods: Vodou and the Environment" to be held during the Haitian Studies Association conference October 21-25, 2015 in at the Universite de Montreal in Quebec. Proposals are due by May 31.

This forum hopes to include the contributions of researchers, scholars, and practitioners in Vodou and other African-derived systems. KOSANBA welcomes papers/presentations on issues such as, though not lim...

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