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Journal for the Academic Study of Religion


Ibrahim Abraham
Australian National University
Bernard Doherty
Charles Sturt University

Book Review Editor
Alda Balthrop-Lewis
Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Members of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion receive the Journal with annual membership. For details please see the subscriptions page.


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Call for Papers: Religion, Spirituality and the New African Diaspora


The Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, is inviting expressions of interest for a planned special issue on the theme of "Religion, Spirituality and the New African Diaspora" to be published in 2021. 

In contrast to the African diaspora created through the slave trade, the "new" African diaspora is the product of recent and voluntary human movement (Okpewho & Nzegwu 2009), as individuals, families and communities have sought asylum, education, employment and other opportunities outside Africa. Recognizing that continuities and changes in religious and spiritual practices are a foundational aspect of diasporic experience, and that religion can be the "motor" of migration and migrant identity formation (Adogame 2007), this special issue is open to research articles on all aspects of religion, spirituality and the new African diaspora. We are particularly interested in studies from the Asia-Pacific region, but welcome articles focusing on any part of the world. 

Although the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion does not publish purely confessional articles, we welcome cross-disciplinary contributions from across the humanities and social sciences addressing the topic through various theories and methodologies. Representative (but not exhaustive) of the themes scholars may wish to address, we would welcome contributions engaging with: theories of the Black Atlantic, or more recent conceptualizations of the "Black Mediterranean" and "Black Pacific"; religion, spirituality and new expressions of racism and xenophobia; religion, identity, and the securitization of migration; indigenous African religions in the new diaspora; religion and spirituality as resources for individual and collective resilience and resistance; transnational religious networks; Pentecostalism and the new African diaspora; religion and the production of the local; religious music and popular culture in the new African diaspora; postcolonial and decolonial approaches to religion and spirituality in the new African diaspora. 

Contributors should initially submit an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief biography by 31 July 2020 to both editors. Full papers will be due by 31 December 2020. Articles should not exceed 8000 words (including references). 

Dr Ibrahim Abraham (Australian National University, co-editor JASR) 

Dr Victor Counted (Western Sydney University, guest editor JASR) 


Adogame, A. 2007. "Raising Champions, Taking Territories: African Churches and the Mapping of New Religious Landscapes in Diaspora," in T. L. Trout (ed.), The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Okpewho, I. & N. Nzegwu (eds). 2009. The New African Diaspora. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 

Posted: 2020-05-05
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