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Conference examines women and religion in African Diaspora, April 22-24

Scholars from around the country will examine issues related to women and religion in the African Diaspora in a conference scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.

The conference is the culmination of the three-year Women and Religion in the African Diaspora Project, undertaken by a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars exploring aspects of gender and religion in various diasporic contexts in the Americas and the Caribbean. The research project, funded by the Ford Foundation, was organized to expand awareness of women's diverse ways of utilizing religious beliefs and practices in African-derived or African-influenced traditions, along with their social, cultural and political effects.

The conference will open at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with a keynote lecture, titled "Feminism, Collaboration and the Poetics of Diaspora," by Brent Hayes Edwards, an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of "The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation and the Rise of Black Internationalism" (Harvard University Press, 2003). Panel discussions will feature new work by scholars in the field. Respondents will include faculty members from Princeton and other universities. Closing comments will be delivered at 4 p.m. Saturday by Farah Jasmine Griffin, a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an associate professor of religion at Princeton.

The conference, sponsored by Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion, is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. The full schedule is available online . The conference is co-sponsored by the Program in African American Studies .

The conference proceedings will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in a volume co-edited by R. Marie Griffith, an associate professor of religion at Princeton and organizer of the Women and Religion in the African Diaspora Project, and Barbara Dianne Savage, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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