[Mansa-l] Final CFP, AAR, African Religions Group, Today, March 6, 5:00 p.m. EST

Joseph Hellweg joseph.hellweg at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 04:42:41 CST 2013

Dear All:

Due to problems on the AAR website, the new deadline for paper submissions
for the fall meeting is now on Wednesday, March 6 (today) at 5:00 p.m. EST.
A reminder of the CFP from the African Religions Group follows below.

*Call for Papers: *

We are calling for papers and panels on the following topics:

 (1) Dealing with difference — disability and discrimination in Africa
(from the deaf to albinos)

 (2) Beyond corruption? — religion, leadership, and accountability in Africa

 (3) For a possible cosponsored session with the Lesbian–Feminist Issues
and Religion Group and the Gay Men and Religion Group, homosexuality in
Africa beyond public discourse — real life negotiations. Vociferous
political and religious leaders in Africa frame homosexuality as a Western
imported lifestyle and gay rights as a new colonial imposition. Those who
dare to identify as LGBT risk ostracism, even death. What is the “on the
ground” reality of life under these conditions?

 (4) For a cosponsored session with the Teaching Religion Section and
African Diaspora Religions Group, rethinking paradigms and methods in
religious studies through African and African diaspora religions.
Contesting logocentricity, representing innovation and dynamism of oral
traditions, using visual media, familiarizing the exotic, redefining
“religion” — these are among the challenges and opportunities of teaching
African/African diaspora traditions in religious studies. We seek dynamic
presentations that exemplify ideas that should be reshaping the discipline
as a whole.

 We encourage critical inquiry about religions originating in Africa as
well as all those practiced there. Proposals should go beyond description —
analyzing conceptual tools and methods employed.

 *Submission Process:*

 All submissions are electronic and done through the AAR submission portal
at http://papers.aarweb.org/<https://exchange.fsu.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=AwI9sdfi5keVJjZlqLEx2RLzDD7s7c8IDLXbxt3wuADV8PhKAfugoyVix8drcxOg0XqZ5rAFqak.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fpapers.aarweb.org%2f>.
To access the African Religion Group's online call for papers, please go to
If these links do not work, please copy and paste into your browser. Thanks.

 *Statement of Purpose: **
This Group provides a forum for the discussion of research on the multiple
religious traditions of Africa, methodological issues in the study of the
religions of Africa, and African religious responses to ethical and social
issues affecting the continent. The Group encourages the participation of
Africans and non-African scholars in the leadership of the Group and in
participation in its programs.

Joseph Hellweg
Associate Professor of Religion
Courtesy Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology
Department of Religion, P. O. Box 3061520
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL  32306-1520
Campus Mail Code: 1520; Phone: 850-567-1155
Email: joehellweg at yahoo.com
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