“New Research on Minority Faith-Based Communities in Ghana”
This panel presents new research frontiers in Ghana’s colonial and more recent past by exploring minority religious traditions, communities and movements. Twentieth Century Ghana has been the site of vibrant religious traditions that include indigenous religions, Protestant and Catholic Christianity and Sunni Islam. However, religious encounters and the development of minority and evolving forms of faith-based communities across Ghana are also central features of modern Ghanaian history. For example, by the middle decades of the twentieth century, eastern religious traditions were introduced into the religious milieu of Ghanaian life. Hinduism, Buddhism and Shia Islam have entered into the religious worldviews of some Ghanaian communities. Similarly, Rastafarianism has been a vibrant part of urban Ghana’s popular culture. This panel offers new perspectives into the minority faith communities of Ghana, and the broader role that these traditions have played in colonial and postcolonial Ghana. The papers explore the range of historical and contemporary factors that have shaped the evolution of these communities.
If you are interested in joining this panel at the African Studies Association’s annual meeting, November 29 through December 1, 2012, kindly submit an abstract of 250 words or less and a two-page CV to Professor Naaborko Sackeyfio at email@example.com.
The deadline for abstracts is March 6, 2012.
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