Conference | Weatherhead Research Cluster on Religion and Public Life in Africa and the Americas


Thursday, April 18, 2019, 8:30am to 5:30pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S030/S020


8:30am–12:15pm, CGIS South Building, Room S030

8:30–9:00    Welcome and opening remarks

9:00–10:30    Panel I: Religion and State Law

Chair: John Comaroff, Harvard University.

Discussant: Emmanuel Akyeampong, Harvard University.

Speakers: Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam.

Susan F. Hirsch, George Mason University. 

Adnan Zulfiqar, Rutgers University.

10:45–12:15    Panel II: Performing Ritual Musics in Public Religion

Chair: Kay Shelemay, Harvard University.

Discussant: Olabode Omojola, Mount Holyoke College.

Speakers: Steven M. Friedson, University of North Texas.

Vicki Brennan, University of Vermont.

Birgitta Johnson, University of South Carolina.

1:30–5:30 pm, CGIS South Building, Belfer Case Study Room (S020)

1:30–3:00    Panel III: Religion and Public Ethics in Africa and the African Diaspora

Chair: Leila Ahmed, Harvard University.

Discussant: Simeon Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University.

Speakers: Terrence Johnson, Georgetown University.

William Hart, Macalester College.

Carol Wayne White, Bucknell University.

3:00–4:30    Panel IV: Black Evangelicalism in the African Diaspora

Chair: Marla Frederick, Harvard University.

Discussant: Todne Thomas, Harvard University.

Speakers: Stephen Selka, Indiana University.

Mary Beth Swetnam Mathews, University of Mary Washington.

Jacob Olupona, Harvard University.

4:45–5:30    Closing Lecture

Speaker: Tracey Hucks, Colgate University.



Ana Inoa