Special Issue "Afro-American Religions"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hans Gerald Hödl

Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, Schenkenstraße 8-10/5. Stock, 1010 Wien, Austria
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Interests: West African and Afro-American Religions; Mormonism; Ritual Studies; Theory of Sacrifice; Critique of Religion (Friedrich Nietzsche); Aesthetics of Religion

Special Issue Information

This issue aims at bringing together the discourse on different Afro-American and African-American religions in order to foster a comparative approach as an element of a theory of religious change.

Dear Colleagues,

Many works have been published in the wide field of research on Afro-American and African-American Religions. Nevertheless, seldom is the whole spectrum (South America, Caribbean, USA and “exports” to other parts of the world) covered in one volume. This holds especially for comparisons of Afro-American Religions that came into existence in Latin America and the Caribbean on the one hand and African-American Religions in North America on the other hand. In this volume, we want to bring together the discourse on African-American Religions (Black Hebrews, Black Muslims, Hoodoo and Voodoo in the South, amongst others) with the discussion of Afro-American Religions like Candomblé, Santería, Haitian Vaudou and so on. A special focus should be laid on the theme of continuity and change with respect to West- and Central-African traditions and elements taken from European traditions (like Spiritism) and Abrahamic Religions as well as interactions between Afro-American religions and contemporary (neo-) traditional Religions in sub-Saharan Africa, and changes that Afro-American Religions have undergone in the process of spreading outside the countries where they originated (for example, Santería in the USA).

We welcome contributions on the history of specific religious traditions as well as essays based on current field-work by cultural anthropologists. We especially encourage sending in papers with a comparative approach and a more theoretical bias to explain the process of religious change that has taken place in the coming into existence of Afro-American religions and their transformations during later stages in their history up to today.

Prof. Dr. Hans Gerald Hödl
Guest Editor

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  • Afro-American Religions
  • African-American Religions
  • Black Hebrews
  • Black Muslims
  • Candomblé
  • Gaga
  • Hoodoo
  • Maria Lionza
  • Rastafari
  • Religious Change
  • Santería
  • Spiritual Baptists
  • Umbanda
  • Vaudou
  • Voodoo

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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