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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 has studied Ifa chants and rituals since childhood, he was named the the Awise Awo ni Agbaye (spokesperson for Ifa throughout the world) by the Ooni of Ife and has served in this position since 1981.

Abimbola has taught at institutions throughout Nigeria and the United States, including the University of Ibadan, Harvard University, Boston College, and Colgate University and has authored and edited a voluminous collection of articles, book chapters, and books including Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World, Yoruba Oral Tradition (ed), and Ifa: An Exposition of Ifa Literary Corpus. We look forward to welcoming him and hope that many of you are able to join us.

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Conference paper proposals are being accepted until December 19, click here to view the call for papers and to submit a proposal

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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2014 Keynote Speaker Announced

November 11, 2013

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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Travel to Nigeria This Summer!

April 13, 2013

Interested in traveling to Nigeria this summer? Join the Orisa Community Development Corporation on their Journey to Yorubaland! The two-week journey will take travelers to sacred sites in Ile-Ife, Osogbo, Oyo, and Ibadan, the highlight of which will be a pilgrimage to the world famous Osun Osogbo Festival. Travelers will also have the opportunity to present a workshop of their choosing to Nigerian youth at the Orisa CDC's Third Empowerment Retreat and to attend the Afro-Identity at the Cros...

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ADRSA Featured in the Harvard Gazette

April 9, 2013

An article about our inaugural conference has been covered by the Harvard Gazette. An excerpt:

"The conference seemed to say: Bring the body back to spirituality. It also seemed to say: Bring back the portability of the sacred. In a gathering whose main theme was divine space, a lesson emerged from Africa’s spiritual diaspora: In a world of churches, temples, and mosques, the sacred does not require a building; it is present in everyday life."

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