The African Diaspora Religions Group at the American Academy of Religion is proposing 2 themes for its call for papers for the 2013 Annual meeting at Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013:
Technology, Identity, and Authenticity in African diaspora Religions
We seek to address how is the rapid expansion of African diaspora religions through technology — the internet, blogs, YouTube, etc. — changing the racial and geographic composition of adherents?
To what extent is this participation in “virtual religion” through online forums and communities instead of flesh-and-blood houses of worship affecting the issue of the “authenticity” of religious practice and rituals?
How does religious art and ritual become translated/communicated through online media?
Rethinking Paradigms and Methods in Religious Studies Through Teaching 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.
Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the AAR by March 1, 2013.
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