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African Religions unit in the American Academy of Religion.

Dear Colleagues:

We are writing you from the African Religions unit in the American Academy of Religion.

As you will know, the AAR annual meeting was supposed to take place in Boston this weekend, but because of COVID-19 will now take place virtually from November 29 to December 10. For practical details about registration and the conference program, please see here:

For your convenience, we put together an overview of the sessions hosted by our unit, and by our sister unit, African Diaspora Religions. Please share this widely in your networks: We look forward to welcoming you at our sessions.

In particular, we invite you to our Business meeting (Tuesday, December 8, 5:30 PM-6:00 PM, EST UTC-5), where we will discuss the future planning for our unit. In preparation for the business meeting, we also welcome your nominations for a vacancy in our Steering Committee, as Devaka Premawardhana’s term is coming to an end this year. Steering committee members are required to be members of AAR, and expected to attend annual meetings and participate in the unit. The steering committee plays a vital role in the running of our unit, especially in the process of discussing the annual call for papers and reviewing paper proposals. If we receive more than one nomination, we will call for a poll among members of the unit.

Please submit your nomination (name, email address, affiliation, and a short motivation) by November 30 to the undersigned.

The current committee membership is:

  • Sara Fretheim, University of Munster
  • Georgette Ledgister, Harvard Divinity School
  • Mary Nyangweso, University of East Carolina
  • Devaka Premawardhana, Emory University
  • Tyrone Cass Ross, Temple University
  • Funlayo Wood, University of California, Santa Barbara Warm wishes,

David Amponsah and Adriaan van Klinken, co-chairs  /

Adriaan van Klinken
Professor of Religion and African Studies
School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science / Leeds University Centre for African Studies
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT United Kingdom