Founded in April 2012, the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association is dedicated to supporting scholarship and building community. The need for such an organization became evident during a meeting of scholars of African and Diasporic Religions from Harvard University, Boston University, and Boston College at Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions held in October 2011. While there are Area Studies organizations, Religious Studies organizations and Anthropological organizations through which these scholars often network and present their work, all present agreed that an organization dedicated exclusively to the study of these traditions will provide scholars with the opportunity to network more closely with one another and to workshop and present their research in a more nuanced manner.
Additionally, as Jacob Olupona and others have remarked, African and Diasporic Religions have historically been conspicuously absent from the discipline of Religious Studies and inter-religious dialogue. For this reason, although ADRSA is an interdisciplinary consortium, we advocate for the inclusion of these traditions in the Religious Studies dialogue and encourage their analysis using Religious Studies theories, methodologies and frameworks, where applicable.
Finally, we aim to bring down the invisible curtain between scholars and communities by engaging with practitioners of these traditions not only as “informants” but as keepers of knowledge and partners in dialogue. To this end, we welcome scholar-practitioners as well as independent scholars within communities of practice, and community members are always invited to attend our conferences.
The African & Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) is dedicated to supporting scholarship in African and Diasporic Religions. ADRSA is committed to scholarly and community exchange with a particular focus on bringing underrepresented voices to the fore.
Awesome, Awesome Conference took place this weekend. It was truly a memorable event that I thoroughly enjoyed, and appreciate all that I learned.
I am so full!! What a wonderful and blessed day. I would be good doing this every Friday! Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies wonderful to be in shared space with you!! Such a gift you gave us all. Many many blessings to you for all that you give to your (multiple) communities.
Beautiful ❤️ And to think... I wasn’t gonna attend.. I’m soooo glad that I did!!
What a profound experience being in the company of such distinguished scholars of our sacred traditions! I am living for this historic spiritual moment AséO 💙👊🏽
TRULY AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE! MUCH RESPECT IYA Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies! 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐🙌🏾💗🙌🏾
This conference was so dope! It made me feel like even though I’m new at least I belong.
And much gratitude to the Ancestral Voices team, to Manbo Dowoti and all the other elders and family members represented in this group. It's just beautiful. ❤
Yemaya Olodo! I Love this film. It's on my syllabus💙🤍💙🤍