Diverse Spiritualities: Embodiment and Relationality In Religions of African and its Diasporas

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Africana Studies Presents:
 

April 20 - 22, 2017 - Diverse Spiritualities: Embodiment and Relationality In Religions of African and its Diasporas.  View flyer here.
 

Schedules:


Thursday, April 20th @ 630 William Pitt Union:
Pre-keynote Reception
- 5:00 – 6:00 PM 
 

Welcome - 6:00 – 6:15 PM
 

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Stephanie Mitchem (University of South Carolina): “The Embodied Power of Sankofa”.  View flyer here.   
6:15 – 7:30 PM
Q&A from 7:15 – 7:30 PM


Friday, April 21st @ 114 O’Hara Student Center: 
Breakfast - 8:30 – 9:00 AM
 

Introductions - 9:00 – 9:10 AM
 

Panel Session 1: Community, Religious Habitus and the Senses - 9:10 – 11:00 AM

  • Bertin Louis (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) - “Habitus in Haitian Protestant Church in the Bahamas”
  • ​Rachel Cantave (American University) -  “Sensing Faith: Religious Influence and Faith-Based Community Service in Bahia”

Discussant: Brock Bahler (Department of Religious Studies, Univ. of Pittsburgh)
 

Panel Session 2: Interrogating Sacredness in Performance - 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM

  • Aaron Montoya (Stanford University) – “Going Beyond Dance, Going Beyond the Sacred: Dance and Resistance in Mozambique”           
  • Camee Maddox-Wingfield (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign) – “Authenticating Spiritual Continuity in a Secular Dance Community: Bele’s Rebirth in Contemporary Martinique”
  • Jeanette Jouili (University of Pittsburgh) - “Performing the Islamic Black Atlantic: Afro-Diasporic Muslim Hip-Hop Artists, Embodied Ethics, and the Redefinition of British Islam.”

Discussant: Oronde Sharif (Department of Africana Studies, Univ. of Pittsburgh)
 

Lunch - 12:45 – 1:45 PM
 

Panel Session 3: Gender, Sexuality, Healing and Death - 1:45 - 3:45 PM

  • Nathanael Homewood ( Rice University) – “Wrestling with Homosexuality: Affect and Movement in Charismatic Deliverance”       
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward (University of Pittsburgh)  – “Exceptional Healing: Gender, Embodiment, and Prophetism in the Lower Congo”
  • Casey Golomski (University of New Hampshire) – “The Density of Contagion: Death Pollution in Southeastern Africa”  

Discussant: Mari Webel (Department of History, Univ. of Pittsburgh)
 

Walk to 630 William Pitt Union - 3:45 – 4:00 PM


Friday, April 21st @ 630 William Pitt Union:
Pre-keynote Reception - 4:00 – 5:00 PM
 

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Rudolph Ware (University of Michigan): “Seeing into the Unseen: Embodied Knowledge & Disembodied Spirits in Islamic West Africa”.  View flyer here.
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Q&A from 6:15 – 6:30 PM


Saturday, April 22nd @ Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning:
Breakfast - 8:00 – 9:00 AM
 

Panel Session 4: Spiritual Memories and Ancestors - 9:00 – 11:00 AM

  • Elyan Hill (University of California, Los Angeles) – “Spirited Choreographies: Histories of the Slave Trade in Black Atlantic Literature and Ritual Performances in Togo” 
  • Youssef Carter (University of California, Berkeley)  – “Alchemy of the Fuqara: Embodiment, Reversion, and Spiritual Care in a Transatlantic Sufi Order”
  • Fadeke Castor (Texas A & M University)  – “Our Collective Ancestors: Spiritual Ethnicity in Ifá Devotion across the Americas”

Discussant: to be announced
 

Break Out Sessions - 11:00 - 12:45 PM
 

Lunch - 12:45 – 1:45 PM
 

Walk to 501 Cathedral of Learning - 1:45 – 2:00 PM


Saturday, April 22nd @ 501 Cathedral of Learning:
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Jacob Olupona (Harvard University Divinity School): “Embodiment, Relationality, and Materiality in African Religion and the African Diaspora Traditions”.  View flyer here
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Q&A from 3:15 – 3:30 PM
 

Post-keynote Reception - 3:30 – 4:15 PM


**For more information and to register, please email the Symposium Organizers: Yolanda Covington Ward at YDC1@pitt.edu and Jeanette Jouili at JOUILI@pitt.edu.