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"Spiritual Citizenship" author N. Fadeke Castor to Speak at Symposium

Posted by ADRSA on Friday, March 16, 2018, In : Conferences 


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...

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

Posted by ADRSA on Wednesday, 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!

Posted by ADRSA on Sunday, February 25, 2018, In : ADRSA Announcements 


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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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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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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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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Films Announced for 2014 Film Festival

Posted by Funlayo O. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : Events 


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

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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