Summer/Autumn 2013 (Vol. 41, Nos. 2 & 3)

Summer/Autumn 2013 (Vol. 41, Nos. 2 & 3)

Perspective:
Lost and Found in Translation by Michael Jackson

Dialogue:
What Ghana Taught King by Josslyn Jeanine Luckett
Attending Ghana’s 1957 independence ceremony inspired and influenced Martin Luther King Jr.
Waking from a Dream by Jonathan L. Walton
We honor Martin Luther King Jr. by applying his moral vision in the contemporary moment.
An Equilibrist Vodou Goddess by Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha
The Vodou spirit Ezili Freda represents an image of femininity defined by Haiti’s complex history.
The Myth of Purity by Ayodeji Ogunnaike
The idea of purity in Yoruba-derived traditions needs to
be challenged and complicated.

Featured:
Bonds, Boundaries, and Bondage of Faith by Jacob K. Olupona
Nigerian faith traditions are stronger than ever, but divisiveness and violence have increased. The author reflects on Nigeria’s history and proposes steps to help religions assume a productive role in society.
The Silent Voices of African Divination by Philip M. Peek
The special rapport between diviner and spirit is frequently expressed as twinning; likewise, voiceless creatures are employed in divination because they illustrate the wisdom of quiet elders.
Habitations of the Sacred by Tracey E. Hucks
Global Africana communities negotiate theories of health and healing, utilizing diverse strategies to achieve physical, spiritual, and ontological stability.
Necropolis by Hans Lucht
Dark-skinned migrants and asylum seekers in an economically precarious Greece are subject to violent attacks and inhumane treatment.

In Review:
Pilgrims: Progress and Regress in Three African Memoirs by Devaka Premawardhana
Reflecting on the trope of pilgrimage in recent memoirs by Chinua Achebe, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and Lamin Sanneh.
An African Ecological Ethics of Invitation by Mohammed Girma
An African’s take on Journey of the Universe
Ethiopian Lives and Liturgies by Kay Kaufman Shelemay
Ethiopian lives and liturgies at home in North America.
Writing Africa into Islamic Studies by Lisanne Norman
An Interview with Ousmane Oumar Kane.

Poetry:
Two Poems by Kwame Dawes
Elsewhere by Clifton Gachagua
Effective Immediately by Gabeba Baderoon

EDITOR’S NOTE: We focused this issue of the Bulletin on the theme “Religion in Africa and the Diaspora” to highlight an exciting and important moment in the field as it expands and becomes more established, including here at Harvard Divinity School. The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA), an interdisciplinary consortium based at Harvard University, was founded in April 2012 and held its inaugural conference in April 2013. One of the group’s founders and director of its leadership council is a former junior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Funlayo E. Wood, and ADRSA’s advisory board includes HDS faculty and alumni (including Jacob K. Olupona and Tracey E. Hucks, represented in these pages).

 

See also: Past Issue