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09 February, 2017

Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa Conference

by: Nellie Kooistra

The Nagel Institute reports that all 23 teams have now completed fieldwork and the drafts of research articles are arriving daily in the office. “We expect to have about 50 completed articles,” reports Joel Carpenter, director of the institute. The “Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa.” program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. African scholars are addressing religious and social issues that may have been neglected.

Final plans are shaping the 5-12 March 2017 summative conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. We will have 70 attendees: team members, members of our expert panels, and invited guests. We plan for 33 presentations from our grantees and four keynote addresses. The keynoters will be Afe Adogame of Princeton Theological Seminary, Emmanuel Katongole of the University of Notre Dame, Harold Netland of Trinity International University, and Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, the Cameroonian theologian and philosopher.

Culminating Conference Schedule

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

5-12 March 2017

 

Sunday, 5 March

All day             Arrivals and Registration                                                                       Information Desk in the lobby

7:00 PM           Dinner                                                                                         Meet at registration/information desk

 

Monday, 6 March

7:00 AM          Breakfast served daily                                                                              Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

8:30 AM          Opening and Welcome                                                      Banquet Hall (French/English Interpreter Available)

Welcome and introductions, Joel Carpenter, Calvin College

Publications and what’s next, Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town

Session instructions, Tite Tienou, Trinity Evangelical Divinity

 

9:30 AM          Plenary Session #1 Prayer Mountain Spirituality                                                        Banquet Hall

Chair: Nathaniël Soédé, Institut Catholique Missionnaire D’Abidjan (ICMA)

Speaker: Patrick Nwosu, University of Ilorin

Ori-oke and socio-cultural changes in Ilorin, north-central Nigeria.

Speaker: Akiti Glory Alamu, University of Ilorin

Issues, challenges and prospects of ori-oke in north-central Nigeria

Speaker: Lemuel Odeh, University of Ilorin

The phenomenal efficacy of sacred mountains and mountain spirituality in China and north-central Nigeria: a comparative approach

Speaker: Abubakar Muhammed, University of Ilorin

Mountain prayer grounds and socio-economic development in Ilorin Nigeria

12:00 PM         Lunch                                                                                                        Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

1:30 PM Plenary Session #2 Christianity and Cultural Norms                                                                       Banquet Hall

Chair: Katho Bungishabaku, Shalom University of Bunia

Speaker: Célestin Kouassi, Rubin Pohor, Issiaka Coulibaly, and Henri Bohoussou, FATEAC

Foi chrétienne et normes culturelles en pays baoulé

Speaker: Faith Lugazia and Viateur Habarurema, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences

The contribution of Rwandan worldview and spirituality to Christianity in Rwanda: a case study of charismatic and contemporary Pentecostal churches

Speaker: Esther Mombo, St. Paul's University

Bringing home 'eshinini': a dignified and honorable transition for the departed among the Luyia of Kenya

Speaker: John Mulama Linjindi, St. Paul's University

The position of a woman of character in the Luhyia funeral and death rites

Speaker: Nisbert Taringa, University of Zimbabwe

Daring to invent the future: a constructivist grounded theory exploration of children’s theology in Zimbabwe

 

6:00 PM           Opening Banquet                                                                                       Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

7:30 PM           Introduction: Tite Tienou, Trinity Evangelical Divinity                                                               Banquet Hall

Keynote: Harold Netland, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

Tuesday, 7 March

7:00 AM          Breakfast served daily                                                                               Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

9:00 AM          Information Desk                                                                                                                    Lobby

9:30 AM          Plenary Session #3 Spirituality, Worldview and African Public Life                                      Banquet Hall

Chair: Jesse Mugambi, University of Nairobi

Speaker: George Atido, Université Shalom de Bunia

Church revitalization in Congo: insights from FEPACO globalization

Speaker: Tony Balcomb, University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN)/Akrofi-Christaller Institute

Spirituality and hope in Africa – a study in five countries

Speaker: Rudolf Gaisie, Akrofi-Christaller Institute

Interpreting the signs of the times: methodological issues related to researching African spirituality and hope

Speaker: Chammah Kaunda, Northmead Assembly Church/University of South Africa

The politics of ‘Christian nation’: a critique of Zambian Pentecostal anesthetic theology of public life –shaping the masses for political docility

Speaker: Nathaniël Soédé, Institut Catholique Missionnaire D’Abidjan (ICMA)

Spirituality and development in Africa: theological perspectives

 

12:00 PM         Lunch                                                                                                        Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

1:30 PM          Plenary Session #4 New Movements and the Reconfiguration of Communities       Banquet Hall

Chair: Yaw Ofosu-Kusi, University of Education, Winneba

Speaker: Edmond Agyeman, University of Education, Winneba

Pentecostalism and the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship: the case of the Maame Sarah prayer camp and Goka in the Jaman North District

Speaker: Asonzeh Ukah, University of Cape Town

Emplacing God: the social worlds of miracle cities – perspectives from Nigeria and Uganda

Speaker: Stephan De Beer, University of Pretoria, and Nico Botha, University of South Africa (Unisa)

Religious innovation and competition amidst demographic and social change: Pretoria case studies

 

4:00 PM           Introduction: Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town                                             Banquet Hall

Keynote: Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, Revue Terroirs

 

6:00 PM           Dinner                                                                                                       Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

Wednesday, 8 March

9:00 AM          Information Desk                                                                                                                    Lobby

 

9:30 AM          Introduction: Tite Tienou, Trinity Evangelical Divinity                                                               Banquet Hall

Keynote: Emmanuel Katongole, University of Notre Dame

12:00 PM         Lunch                                                                                                        Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

1:30 PM          Plenary Session #5 Faith Health and Healing                                                                          Banquet Hall

Chair: Rosalie Aduayi Diop, University of Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar

Speaker: Joana Yendork, University of Ghana

Negative role: is contemporary Christianity promoting or hindering mental health in Africa I: a focus on the negative role of religious activities on mental well-being of Ghanaian congregants

Speaker: Elizabeth Sarfo, University of Ghana

Positive Role: is contemporary Christianity promoting or hindering mental health in Africa II: a focus on the positive role of religious activities on mental well-being of Ghanaian congregants

Speaker: Ludovic Lado, Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP), Jacquineau Azetsop, Gregorian University, and Felicien Coulibaly, Université Houphouet-Boigny

Cross-perspectives on the interface between Christian healing and biomedicine in Abidjan

Speaker: Ludovic Lado and Yves Oliver Coulibaly, Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP)

Christian healing practices, right to health and legal challenges in Ivory Coast

5:30 PM      Board bus to restaurant

6:00 PM      Banquet:                                                                                                            Locale Maquis Restaurant

Thursday, 9 March   

9:00 AM          Information Desk                                                                                                                    Lobby

 

9:30 AM          Plenary Session #6 Tradition and Revitalization                                                         Banquet Hall

Chair: Philomena Mwaura, Kenyatta University

Speaker: Tekletsadik Nigru, Capuchin Franciscan Research and Retreat Cente (CFRRC)

Sacrament of light and celebration of the cross through icons and ritual

Speaker: Daniel Assefa Kassaye, Capuchin Franciscan Research and Retreat Cente (CFRRC)

Nature, culture and faith amidst fire

Speaker: Musa Dube, University of Botswana

Mother economies, women’s shower movements and community building in Botswana

Speaker: Senzokuhle Setume, University of Botswana

Exploring the concept Ubuntu/Botha through bridal showers in the urban space, Gaborone Botswana

 

12:00 PM         Lunch                                                                                                        Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

1:30 PM          Plenary Session #7 New Movements and Traditional Values                                                  Banquet Hall

Chair: Deevia Bhana, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Speaker: Damaris Parsitau, Egerton University

Empowered to submit: Pentecostal women navigating between patriarchy, submission and empowerment

Speaker: Tapiwa Praise Mapuranga, University of Zimbabwe

Innovation or competition? A critical comparison of borrowed phenomena from African traditional religions and Pentecostalism in Zimbabwe

Speaker: Nandera Mhando, University of Dar es Salaam

Modes of legitimation by female Pentecostal-charismatic preachers in East Africa: a comparative study in Kenya and Tanzania

Speaker: Mary Getui, Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Religious innovation and competition among faith-based groups and healthy facilities in western Kenya

 

4:00 PM           Introduction: Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town                                           Banquet Hall

Keynote: Afe Adogame, Princeton Theological Seminary

 

6:00 PM           Dinner                                                                                                      Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

Friday, 10 March

9:00 AM          Information Desk                                                                                                                    Lobby

 

9:30 AM          Plenary Session #8 Religion, Communication and Identity                                          Banquet Hall

Chair: Mwenda Ntarangwi, Theological Book Network (TBN)

Speaker: Edlyne Anugwom, University of the Western Cape/University of Nigeria

The Boko Haram as an innovative expression of religion in Nigeria: major findings and implications for knowledge and policy

Speaker: Ato Onoma, CODESRIA

Faith and the spatial segregation of interments in Senegal’s Joal Fadiouth commune

Speaker: Henrietta Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town

When are you going to change those stones to phones? Appropriation of social media by Pentecostal churches in Cape Town

Speaker: Gabriel Faimau, University of Botswana

Socio-religious construction and mediatisation of religious identity: new media and digitalised testimonial narratives among prophetic ministries in Botswana

12:00 PM         Lunch                                                                                                        Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

1:30 PM           Director Leadership                                                                                                        Banquet Hall

Speaker: Tite Tienou, Trinity Evangelical School

Conversations on publishing and next steps

Speaker: Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town

Continuation of good publishing and next steps

 

6:00 PM           Closing Banquet                                                                                        Hôtel Belle Côte Restaurant

 

Saturday, 11 March

10:00 AM        Optional Tour                                                                                                Meet at information desk

All day Departures

 

Sunday, 12 March

 

All day Final Departures

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