Ndaiye and Fatoumata, copyright Stephen Hamilton, 2020 Featured Artist

Wind & Fire
Honoring the Divine Feminine & Masculine in Africana Religions

Xavier University – New Orleans, LA | Friday, April 17, 2020 | 9 am – 5 pm

Keynote address by Baba John Mason
The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) is proud to present its eighth conference on the theme Wind & Fire: Honoring the Divine Feminine and Masculine in Africana Religions.
Central to the foundation of Africana religions is the notion of balance. Balance explains how the same spirit may have “hot” as well as “cool” manifestations, and reminds us why so many male spirits are tied to female spirit counterparts--or are, themselves, at times considered alternatively female or male.. Black Atlantic traditions remind s that we all embody both masculine and feminine principles, and that respect for these dual energies is crucial to achieving spiritual wholeness and full integration of our multiple selves. This conference will explore Africana experiences of divine feminine and divine masculine energies and invites proposals on topics including but not limited to:
Representations of divine masculine/divine feminine spirits in traditional myths as well as popular culture and media
Concepts and manifestations of gender and sexual identity
Specific characteristics of African vs. Diasporic masculinity and femininity
Healing power of venerating the divine feminine/masculine and/or the importance of integrating both energies
Submissions must center one or more African Indigenous (Akan, Ndebele, Yorùbá, Kongo, Fon, Dagara, Eedyi, Igbo, Shona, etc.)  or African Diasporic (Vodou, Lukumí, Revival Zion, Candomblé, Kumina, Ifá/Ifá-Orisa, Shango Baptist, etc.) spiritual or religious tradition. Scholar-practitioner perspectives are especially welcomed. Graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply.
Proposals may include either an individual paper submission or a fully-constituted panel consisting of 3 presenters. For consideration, please submit an abstract, bio, and CV by December 31, 2019 by following  the link below.

Submit a proposal at www.ADRSA.org/conference