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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 of Ifá, Obatala and Egbe, she was first introduced to the Yoruba religion in 1993 in Oakland, California. Five years later the ancestors lead her to graduate school in Chicago. Her PhD research took her to Trinidad for three years, with generous support from Fulbright-Hays and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Alongside her ethnographic fieldwork on race, culture and politics she engaged with her extended family and ancestral cultural practices, including the Trinidad Orisha religion. After receiving her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2009) she fulfilled an ancestral mission by initiating to Ifá at Ile Eko Sango Mil’osa/Irentegbe Temple in Trinidad. Her Ifá studies continue under her Oloye, Solagbade Popoola, with recent study trips to Nigeria. 

In Spiritual Citizenship, Dr. Castor argues that in Trinidad Ifá/Orisha can be seen as a force of black liberation, informing local practices of decolonization while drawing on spiritual epistemologies rooted in transnational networks. Out of this project, her article, “Shifting multicultural citizenship: Trinidad Orisha opens the road,” was published in Cultural Anthropology.

Check out the book and join us for Roots, Rocks & Ring Shouts in New Orleans!
 

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

February 28, 2018

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

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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"The Summer of Gods" to Make Boston Debut at Spiritual Soundscapes Film Festival

March 21, 2015


The ADRSA is thrilled to welcome Eliciana Nascimento and her highly acclaimed short film, The Summer of Gods, to our 2015 African and Diasporic Religions Film Festival to be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Harvard University. The Summer of Gods premiered at Cannes film Festival in 2014, won the Spirit Award and Best Cinematography at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and won the Special Recognition for Directing Narrative Award at the Black Star Film Festival. We are proud to ha...
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