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Call for Papers

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Glen Segell <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 31 Dec 2018 23:11:13 -0600

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Call for Papers

The University of the Free State invites proposals for a conference to be 
held at the Black Mountain Leisure and Conference Hotel, Bloemfontein, 
South Africa from 24 September 2019 to 26 September 2019

Visiting Religion in “Global Africa”

1. Context

New dynamics in Africa, how religious groups organize themselves, how they 
relate to the state, each other and the broader society, the political and 
social issues around which they mobilize and engage, and how African 
governments are responding to their activities needs to be reflected not 
solely through the prism of security and violent extremist groups. Studies 
of “Global Africa” need to investigate the interplay between the 
religious, political or social experiences of Africans and the 
transformations of Africa in a globalized world. Africa has its own belief 
systems and practices yet for centuries has been visited by those 
religions born in the Middle East and Asia and exported to Africa by 
European and Asian missionaries and traders. Conversely, scholarship on 
religion for example global Islam, global Christianity, global Hinduism, 
global Buddhism and global Judaism tends to give the impression that 
Africa is a mere periphery of the so-called Muslim, Christian, Hindu, 
Buddha, Baha’i and Jewish worlds. As a result, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, 
Buddha and Jewish Africa are often perceived as the continent other 
countries and networks act upon, with African Christians, Muslims, Hindu, 
Buddha, Baha’i and Jews often seen as passive consumers of foreign 
influences and pressures. Yet, scholarship on globalization of Africa has 
been focused either on merely describing (if not romanticizing) African 
experiences abroad, on one hand, or on exploring how societies in Africa 
are affected by global trends, on the other hand. Therefore, little 
attention has been paid to African practices, thoughts, and connections as 
these relate to both globalized and localized religious, social and 
political trends. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the 
multiple dimensions of religion in “Global Africa”. We invite scholars to 
submit papers focusing on the meaning of religion and what it means to be 
African and Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddha, Baha’i, Jewish or any other 
religion; how this has been historically; and how it is being negotiated 
at the intersection of local, regional and global encounters, narratives, 
perceptions and exchanges.

While we welcome proposals focusing on Africa’s global and local 
interactions through circulations of people, ideas, goods, beliefs and 
practices in any time period, we especially encourage original research 
that investigates creatively the interplay between the religious, 
political or social experiences of African Christians, Muslims, Hindu, 
Buddha, Baha’i , Jews and other religions and the transformations of such 
an Africa in a globalized world. We also hope to include papers which 
examine the importance of transnational religious networks in Africa and 
the role Africans play in global religious arenas. Questions that we seek 
to investigate include but are not limited to: How to account for the 
dynamics of continuity and change in forms of religious piety, authority 
and knowledge production in Africa, in a context of increased global 
connections? How do African Christians, Muslims, Hindu, Buddha, Jews and 
others articulate their religious life in a globalized world? For Africans 
in the diaspora, how do links with their homelands and traditional beliefs 
and practices shape their relationship to religion? How do diasporic 
religious or non-religious experiences affect or alter aspects of lived 
religion in Africa? To what extent has the interaction between the 
so-called Christian, Muslim Hindu, Buddha, Baha’i and Jewish world and 
Africa shaped religious practices and thought or the perception of the 
so-called “Home-state” of their religion? How do Africans navigate notions 
of “Africa and Religion, faith, foreignness and modernity” in a globalized 
world? How does the racialization of the world due to religion play out in 
African contexts; conversely, how much of “the idea of the Religious 
world” intersect or conflict with conceptions of race, belonging or 
religious community in Africa?

2. Sample Agenda

This conference aims to examine those issues and place them within a much 
broader discussion of regional trends and dynamics.

Keynote Speakers Roundtable 1, “The Diaspora in Africa: Broad Trends of 
Religion in Africa” Roundtable 2, “The African Diaspora: Traditional 
beliefs and practices outside the continent” Roundtable 3, “Theology as it 
is or as it should be” Panel 1, “Modes of Engagement” Panel 2, “Extremist 
Groups, Violence, and Security” Panel 3, “Sectarianism, Identity and 
Conflict in Context” Panel 5, “Leadership and Empowerment (including 
gender)” Panel 6, “Daily life and practices” Panel 7, “Religion vs the 
rest” Panel 8, “Translation of the Religions: Literal and Implementation” 
Panel 9, “God, Glory, Gold and Globalization” Panel 10, “State and 
religion” Panel 11, “Belief, faith, scriptures, the instruction manual, 
and the organization” Visits to / by Religious Leaders and Organizations

3. Presentation formats

Oral presentation - Take an advantage of oral presentation of your paper/ 
research on site and get the first-hand remarks and comments from the 
audience. Encourage a live discussion regarding the presented topic and 
network with other researchers and academics in the field of education and 
related areas, from around the globe.

Video presentation – Registered presenters who are not able to attend the 
conference in person may opt for this presenting format. Participants will 
watch either your recorded presentation or will be following it through a 
live stream. They will be able to ask the questions either in a real time 
through the internet connection or may fill in the reflection forms which 
we will be mailing back to you, if requested.

Poster presentation - Participants will get familiar with your research/ 
paper trough poster exhibition which will be available in the conference’s 
venue during the entire length of the program. Presenters will have an 
opportunity to discuss and explain their research in direct contact to the 
audience. Alternatively, if required by presenters, reflection forms can 
be distributed to the participating delegates, which will be mailed back 
to you after completed by the conference’s delegates.

4. Proceedings

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the official ISBN 
conference proceedings publication with a major accredited publisher. A 
prerequisite for presentation and participation at the conference is prior 
submission of a chapter length piece of original research with references. 
In order to have your paper published in the official conference 
proceedings, your submission should have been previously approved and 
registration arrangements completed. Participants who have completed 
registration arrangements must submit their paper by 31/08/2019.

Submissions’ formatting: A4 size paper, Single line space First page:     
            Title of submission, Name/s of author/s, Affiliation/s of the 
author/s, E-mail address/es Second page:                 Abstract of 
maximum 300 words (or one page), Key words (under abstract) Third page-: 
                Full paper Last page:                 References

Deadline for proceedings submissions: 31/03/2019

Submissions received after this date or/and in a format different than 
specified will NOT be published. We strongly recommend early submissions 
to allow enough time for a review and feed back in case there are changes 
to be made in formatting.

5. Submission Guidelines

Paper proposals should be sent to [log in to unmask] and 
[log in to unmask] on or before 31/03/2019. Proposals should include an 
abstract of no more than 300 words and a title, as well as the author’s 
name, email address, and institutional affiliation. Please also attach an 
updated Curriculum Vitae. Proposals from advanced graduate students and 
recent PhDs are especially welcomed. Participants will be notified of 
their acceptance by 30/04/2019. We expect those selected to submit a 
complete version of their paper to the conference organizers on or before 
31/08/2019. Participants will be required to organize their own travel and 
accommodation. Accommodation will be at the conference venue – Black 
Mountain Leisure and Conference Hotel (see ww.blackmountainhotel.co.za). 
There will be a conference registration fee on a scale of student 
presenter, student non-presenter, presenter, non-presenter and exceptional 
for example proof of OAP or welfare. An edited book consisting of selected 
conference papers will be published following the conference.

6. Conference organizers

Dr. Glen Segell, [log in to unmask]

Prof. Hussein Solomon, [log in to unmask]

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