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Introducing Deanna Oyafemi Lowman, Our 2016 Featured Artist

Posted by ADRSA on Monday, March 21, 2016, In : Conferences 



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

Posted by ADRSA on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : Conferences 

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

Posted by ADRSA on Saturday, March 21, 2015, In : Conferences 


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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Introducing Our 2015 Featured Artist: Duwayne Washington

Posted by ADRSA on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Conferences 
   

The ADRSA is delighted to welcome Duwayne Washington as our 2015 featured artist. HIs digital painting, "Instantaneous cowry shell" (above right) was selected as our featured conference image, and will grace our poster and conference program.

Duwayne originally hails East Orange, NJ and now resides in Tallahassee, FL with his wife and two children. He began producing art almost 20 years ago and has, in that time, amassed a prolific body of work -- from drawings, to oil paintings, to pho...

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Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie to Deliver Opening Plenary at Spiritual Soundscapes Conference

Posted by ADRSA on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, In : Conferences 


Our Spiritual Soundscapes Conference is shaping up wonderfully and we hope you'll be in attendance! The deadline for proposals has been extended to January 5, 2015 so you still have time to apply.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie as our opening plenary speaker for the day. Dr. Zauditu-Selassie is professor of English in the Humanities Department at Coppin State University. She has been awarded numerous fellowships --  including from the Fulbright foundation, Mellon foun...

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WolfHawkJaguar to Perform and Premier Film at Spiritual Soundscapes Conference

Posted by ADRSA on Friday, December 5, 2014, In : Conferences 


The ADRSA is excited to add Adimu Madyun -- better known by his stage name WolfHawkJaguar -- to the roster for our third conference to be held at Harvard University on April 3, 2015!

Passion, Spirit, and Pain directly influence the melodic tunes of multi-talented Urban World Music artist WolfHawkJaguar. His music stirs the soul with a mixture of Spirituality, raptured in the heart of Hip Hop, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues. Currently residing in Oakland, the California native is a prolific musicia...

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Awise Wande Abimbola to Deliver Keynote at Sacred Soundscapes Conference

Posted by ADRSA on Thursday, November 20, 2014, In : Conferences 


The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association is honored to welcome Professor Wande Abimbola as our keynote speaker for our 2015 Conference entitled African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes to be held at Harvard University on April 3, 2015. Abimbola is Professor Emeritus of African Languages and Literatures at Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly the University of Ife), President and Founder of the Ifa Hertiage Institute, and President of the Orisa World Congress. A babalawo who ...

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Save the Date: Third Conference April 3, 2015

Posted by ADRSA on Monday, October 27, 2014, In : Conferences 


The date for our third conference, African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes, has been set for Friday April 3, 2015 with our film festival to be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Join us for a day of wonderful scholarly presentations and networking! The call for papers will be released soon, please join our mailing list and bookmark the conference page to stay abreast of all conference happenings!

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Watch Now: Videos from our 2013 and 2014 Conferences

Posted by ADRSA on Thursday, July 31, 2014, In : Conferences 


Videos from our 2013 inaugural conference and our 2014 conference are now available on YouTube! Hear this year's keynote from renowned author, spiritual teacher and Dagara elder Sobonfu Some, talks on Haitian Vodou, spiritualism in Loiza, Puerto Rico, Trinidadian Orisha practice, Jamaican Revival Zion, Brazilian Candomble Terreiros and much more.

Be sure to subscribe to be among the first to see new videos as they are added! Join our mailing list and like us on Facebook for more content: boo...

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Jamaica Kincaid to Deliver Opening Plenary

Posted by ADRSA on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : Conferences 

ADRSA is pleased to announce Jamaica Kincaid as the opening plenary speaker for our second conference to be held Friday, April 11 at Harvard University. Kincaid is a is a professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University and is a world renowned writer of novels, essays, short stories, gardening and children's literature. Born in Antigua, Kincaid's writings reflect real-life themes, drawing often on her own experiences and reflections as a woman of African ...
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Call for Papers: ADRSA 2014

Posted by ADRSA on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Conferences 


Submission Deadline – Friday, December 27, 2013

The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents its second day-long conference on the theme Love Supreme: Devotion, Intimacy, and Ecstasy in African and Diasporic Religions. “Devotion,” “marriage,” and other intimate relational language is often used to characterize the relationships between adherents of African and Diasporic Religions and the universal energies with which they interact during worship. Practitio...

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2014 Keynote Speaker Announced

Posted by ADRSA on Monday, November 11, 2013, In : Conferences 


The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) is delighted to announce Sobonfu Somé as the keynote speaker for our 2nd conference themed "Love Supreme: Devotion, Intimacy, and Ecstasy in African and Diasporic Religions" to be held at Harvard University on Friday, April 11, 2014.

A native of Burkina Faso, Somé is a Dagara elder and is one of the foremost voices in African spirituality. She is the author of three books, including Falling Out of Grace: What We Learn from Life...

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KOSANBA: Call for Papers

Posted by ADRSA on Monday, March 25, 2013, In : Conferences 


Call for Papers

KOSANBA, A Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou

International Colloquium X


Harvard University

Friday, October 18th – Sunday, October 20th, 2013

When Earth Meets Sky:
Healing Rites & Sacred Knowledge in Haiti & Beyond

Under the Aegis of Danbala, the Serpent, and the Rainbow, Ayida Wedo

“There is a thing passing in the sky; some thick clouds surround it; the uninitiated see nothing.”
-Mende Proverb

Conference Highlights:
Opening Remarks
Professor Jacob K. Olupona, Harv...

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Proposal Deadline Extended

Posted by ADRSA on Friday, January 11, 2013, In : Conferences 
The deadline for proposals for our inaugural conference has been extended to Friday, January 25, 2013. Details may be found here

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Afro-Identities Conference at OAU, Ile-Ife

Posted by ADRSA on Sunday, January 6, 2013, In : Conferences 



OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE, NIGERIA
50TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE SERIES
FACULTY OF ARTS 2013 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Afro-Identity at the Crossroads:
African and African Diaspora Creative Genius beyond Globalization and the 21st Century
August 26-30, 2013


Call for papers

In recent times, the intensification of transnational dialogue between peoples of African descent in the Americas and their kins in continental Africa has been yielding high dividends on both sides of the Atlantic. On the ...
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Apply Now for Our Inaugural Conference!

Posted by ADRSA on Monday, December 3, 2012, In : Conferences 
The CFP for our inaugural conference to be held at Harvard University on Friday, April 5, 2013 is out! The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 4, 2013. Join us for this exciting event!


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