A comedy story about the Congo Old Lady and Her Children. They were the free slaves from America who brought about civilization to Liberia. This old lady is hilarius, she has all positions in the church, and Aunt Jennian doesn’t take nonsense from anybody. The dress code and the language, will bust your side out with laughter.
Vignettes from the May 16, 2012 Pre-Sentencing Closing Statement of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, before the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone …
Sharo is a traditional cultural practice where young Fulani men in Nigeria compete to find a wife. The participants are flogged with wooden sticks and canes to test their endurance.
But the practice has declined in recent years, with some Fulani men describing it as dangerous and forbidden in Islam.
The BBC’s Yusuf Yakasai travelled to Jigawa in Northern Nigeria where some Fulani clans are determined to keep the tradition alive.
The Journal of Africana Religions has announced a Call for Proposals on “The Great Debates in Africana Religious Studies.” The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2019.
Description: What are the great debates in the academic study of Africana religions? The Journal of Africana Religions invites 150-word proposals for a special issue on the simmering, essential, and revelatory debates in our field. Such debates may be implicit or explicit. Prospective authors will define and analyze the debates that they think are worth exploring.
The modern European study of religion was born in the colonial and imperial encounters among Africana people, colonial officials, and imperial theorists such as E. B. Tylor, and Africana religions not only provided raw data for the making of religious studies but also constituted a discourse whose terms became essential to various modern fields of knowledge. Since then, debates about Africana religions have been essential to the modern humanities and social sciences and to their application beyond the academy. See, for example, the notable brouhaha between Melville J. Herskovits and E. Franklin Frazier on whether African-descended people in the Americas retained African cultural traits, which became important to public policy-making, national identity, and ethnic solidarity.
What twenty-first century debates are essential in the study of Africana religions? Illustrative questions might include:
- Are Africana religions an impediment or asset to social development, gender equity, and political liberation? Outline the major scholarly positions on this question.
- Does the study of Africana religions sometimes privilege Orisha devotion or other indigenous religions as authentically African, even as the vast majority of Africana peoples practice Christianity or Islam?
- What is the state of the field in understanding the concept of the Africana religious diaspora—how has this debate changed over time, what are its main arguments now, and where does the debate seem to be going?
- The field is often divided along disciplinary lines. What debates are explicit or implicit in theological, anthropological, sociological, historical, literary, and comparative religious accounts of Africana religions?
- What are the disagreements among scholars on the continent, in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and how do geography and power shape the very definition of what counts as an academic argument?
- How have modernity, tradition, and primitivity functioned as complicated categories for Africana religious identity, experience, and scholarship? How has technology shaped Africana religious experience and the interpretation of Africana religious cultures?
Proposals are due on February 15, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Final essays of 5,000 words in length are due on August 15, 2019. All essays will be peer-reviewed. Questions? Email the journal or tweet @jafricanarelig.
For full Call for Papers, see http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_JAR.html
The Monroe Doctrine was a United States policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas beginning in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to take control of any independent state in North or South America would be viewed as “the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.” At the same time, the doctrine noted that the U.S. would recognize and not interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries. The Doctrine was issued on December 2, 1823 at a time when nearly all Latin American colonies of Spain and Portugal had achieved, or were at the point of gaining, independence from the Portuguese and Spanish Empires.
Herring, George C. (2008). From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195078220.