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Introducing Our 2015 Featured Artist: Duwayne Washington

January 14, 2015

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 photographs, and more --  much of which is focused on African and Diasporic themes. Of his work and process, Duwayne says:

Creativity is an amazing divine gift from The Creator. I am thankful everyday to have the focus and passion to be creative. I have a lot to say in my work. I am trying to achieve a balance between content and transcendental clairvoyance. I am listening to my intuition to hear what the artistic accidents reveal to my consciousness and follow them. I enjoy how time and space stops while engaged in the "Art Zone." Artists are, in my opinion, psychics whose channel is the paintbrush and canvas. I want to open myself up to the voice leading me to the inspiration and listen. 

Click here for more on Duwayne and to view and purchase his art.
View a few samples below.

"Touch of Shango" - Photograph

"African Fertility Statue" - digital painting

"Child of the Sea 2" - Watercolor on Paper

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

December 16, 2014

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

December 5, 2014

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

November 20, 2014

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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Support the ADRSA's first Teespring Campaign!

November 11, 2014

Show your love for African and Diasporic Religions and support the ADRSA's first Teespring campaign with this simple, yet powerful t-shirt! We've listed some of the ADRs that are being studied and presented by scholars in our collective and a small version of our logo on the back. We've got just 21 days to sell 75 of these shirts, order now for delivery by December 18th and start the new year off in style!

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Save the Date: Third Conference April 3, 2015

October 27, 2014

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

July 31, 2014

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.

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Films Announced for 2014 Film Festival

March 15, 2014

ADRSA is pleased to feature two powerful films for our 2nd film festival to be held in conjunction with our 2nd conference. Join us on Saturday, April 12 beginning at noon at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School as we screen the following films:

12 noon | It's Been Poetry

Documentary on the life and legacy of Oba Oseijeman Efuntola Adefunmi I, the founder and first king of Oyotunji Village in Sheldon, SC. The film features rare footage, photos, and interviews w...

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Jamaica Kincaid to Deliver Opening Plenary

March 15, 2014

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

November 20, 2013

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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