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:
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.