A call for abstracts for the 2013 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Baltimore MD, November 21-24 2013
In accordance with the theme of “Mobility, Migration, and Flows” for the 2013 African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, we are seeking contributions for a pre-organized panel that addresses issues related to Pentecostalism in Africa. If you are interested in presenting a paper as part of this panel, please send your name, affiliation, paper title, and 200-word abstract to Laura Tilghman at email@example.com by March 8, 2013. (The final deadline for submitting an organized panel is March 15, 2013.) Please email if you have any questions, or if you would like to serve as a discussant.
Laura Tilghman, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia (Anthropology)
Erin Nourse, PhD Candidate, University of Virginia (Religious Studies)
Preliminary Panel Abstract:
Scholars studying the expansion of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity in Africa and elsewhere have noted that its success seems to lie in a paradoxical combination of homogeneity and hybridity: Pentecostalism simultaneously brings people into a global community with shared beliefs and practices, while at the same time has a remarkable ability to change and adapt to local contexts (Robbins 2004). The story of Pentecostalism’s success in Africa as a whole becomes more complex when viewed at a closer angle through the lives of individual people and congregations where this paradoxical tension is played out, resulting in conflict, compromise, or some combination of the two. As such, the flow of Pentecostalism throughout Africa can result in friction by bringing different individuals, organizations, beliefs, and practices into contact.
This panel will explore the frictions that arise at various levels in the wake of Pentecostalism’s growth in Africa. What are the frictions between official Pentecostal tenets and beliefs and actually lived Pentecostal practices? What are the points of friction as Pentecostal faith groups relate to older established religious communities (Catholic, Protestant, Islam), to other Pentecostals operating in the same places, or to local African traditions and rituals? How are these frictions articulated by individuals in their daily lives (attending school, earning a living) and at major events (birth, marriage, death)? How do individuals manage internal friction, as they navigate their desire to be good Christians while maintaining prohibited beliefs or practices?
Questions and inquiries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: the ASA meeting falls a few days before the American Academy of Religion conference in the same city (Baltimore MD), which will be held November 23-26 2013.
University of Georgia, Department of Anthropology
Phone: (802) 473-6822
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