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    In its blog, “Contending Modernities,” The University of Notre Dame has featured a symposium on Faith in Flux, by Devaka Premawardhana. Premawardhana “examines practices of conversion among the Makhuwa of northern Mozambique. The Makhuwa, he argues, are an...

  • Discovering this recent announcement that my book was among the finalists for the Albert J Raboteau Prize for Best Book in Africana Religions was very exciting. This recognition was itself a great honor. I congratulate Professor Bruce D. Haynes for winning the award for his book, The...

  • I’m pleased to join the Editorial Board as a co-editor of the “African Religions” section of the path-breaking online journal Religion Compass. I look forward to working closely with my colleague Adriaan van Klinken of the University of Leeds (UK) on this venture....

  • Diarra Souleymane, Diviner in Korhogo 1997

    I won a 3rd place AWARD in the 2019 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing Competition, sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The award is for a memoir excerpt entitled “The Boiling Cauldron.”...

  • "Mudu 006" by Dark Sevier is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    I am honored to join the Board of the Bloomsbury Series in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, currently edited by Dawn Llewellyn, Sian Hawthorne, and Sonya Sharma. This international and interdisciplinary series has been commissioned, recently, to offer a creative and generative space...

  •   My essay, “The Disenchantment of Civil Society in the New Global Postcolony,” was just published in global-e, the online journal of the Global Dynamics Initiative based at the The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California...

  • After years of exclusive focus on academic writing, I’m returning to work on my memoir, “Ask for the Road.” I’m grateful to have been awarded a Writer’s Residency Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. It is such a privilege to be...