Please REGISTER here. Payment is required to register.
Note: The opening reception, the Friday morning plenary, and the Friday afternoon panel are open to non-registrants. Meals (including plenaries at the meals) are open to fully registered participants only. This is a working conference.
Thursday, Oct 29
2:00 – 4:00 Registration in African Studies library, Mugar Memorial Library, 6th Floor
4:00 - 5:30 Opening reception at the African Studies library (Mugar 6th Floor) - OPEN SESSION
Welcome by Dana Robert, Center for Global Christianity and Mission; Beth Restrick, African Studies Library; Jonathan Bonk, Dictionary of African Christian Biography
5:30 – 7:30 Dinner for registrants, discussion of conference details (Terrace Lounge, GSU 2nd Floor)
Project plenary, Jon Bonk, African Church History and the Streetlight Effect: Biography as A Lost Key
Friday, Oct 30
9:00 – 10:00 Morning plenary: Lamin Sanneh, Biography and the Narrative of History(Auditorium, GSU 2nd Floor) - OPEN SESSION
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break (Terrace Lounge, GSU 2nd Floor)
10:30 – 12:30 Concurrent Paper Sessions
1.A. Early Biography. Bishop Graham Kings, chair (Mugar library, Room 503)
--Michael Glerup, The Life of Paul of Thebes and the Living Memory of Contemporary African Communities.
--Wendy Belcher, The Life and Visions of Krəstos Śämra, a Fifteenth-Century Ethiopian Female Saint.
--John Thornton, King Afonso of Kongo
1.B. Biography as historical narrative: Chris Evans, chair (School of Theology, Room 115)
--Mark Noll, Mizeki, Chilembwe, Harris and the Future of African Christianity in the Past
--Stan Chu Ilo, The Stories My Grand Parents Never Told Me: Memory and Orality in the Narrative of African Christian History
--Michele Sigg, Narrative as History: African Christian Biography as History in the Dictionary of African Christian Biography
1.C. Film Screening (School of Theology, Room 306): "Remembering Nokutela," by Cherif Keita.
12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (Terrace Lounge, GSU 2nd Floor)
2:00 - 3:30 Panel: Tim Longman, chair—Biography as History
Panelists: Kathleen Sheldon, Diana Wylie, Richard Elphick - OPEN SESSION
3:30 - 4:00 Coffee break (Terrace Lounge, GSU 2nd Floor)
4:00 - 5:45 Concurrent Paper Sessions.
2.A. Critical perspectives on South African biography. Diana Wylie, chair (Mugar library, Room 503)
--Joanne Davis, Omission and Elision: Missing the Target in Biographies of the Reverend Tiyo Soga
--Deborah Gaitskell, Preaching as Boxing? The Sermons of Seth Mokitimi, the ‘Brown Bomber,’ as a Biographical Resource
--Roger Levine, Jan Tzatzoe or Dyani Tshatshu: Personal, Political, and Historical Consequences of Naming in African History
2.B. Women in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Dana Robert, chair (School of Theology, Room 115)
--Heather Hughes, Recovering the Lives of Early African Women Christians in South Africa: The Case of Nokutela Dube
--Barbara Mahamba, A Character Worth Writing About: Roman Catholic Girls and Women’s Education Mirrored through the Experiences of Sikhaulaphi Khumalo
--Wendy Urban-Mead, “Why can’t we ordain Nellie?” Leadership, Faith, and Hagiography in the life of Nellie Maduma Mlotshwa, Zimbabwe, 1934-2015
2.C. Film Screening (School of Theology, Room 306): James Ault, independent filmmaker, short biographical sketches of Kwame Bediako and Bishop Peter Sarpong; Shona Religion Presentation
6:00 – 8:00 Dinner and Plenary (Castle, 225 Bay State Rd)
Linda Heywood, Queen Njinga of Angola: Spirituality and Politics
Saturday, Oct 31
9:00 -11:00 Concurrent Paper Sessions
3.A. African Christian Biography in Ghana/West Africa. Nimi Wariboko, chair (STh, Room 325)
--Ethan R. Sanders, James Aggrey and the Movement of Political Thought in Africa
--Maureen Iheanacho, Unknown Pioneers and Unsung Heroes: Forgotten Christian Ancestors of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
3.B. Methods, theories, and models for African biography. Jean-Luc Enyegue, chair (STh Community room, basement)
--Paul Grant, Biography as Counter-Narrative to Rupture: The Moral Problem of Describing Intact Lives
--The Most Rev Emmanuel A.S. Egbunu, Towards Authentic Characterization in African Christian Biography
--Philomena Mwaura, Gender and Power in African Christian Biography
3.C. Film Screening (School of Theology, Room 306): "Remembering Nokutela," by Cherif Keita.
11:00-11:15 Coffee break (STh Community room, basement)
11:15 - 1:00 Project Wrap up and Boxed lunch (STh Community room, basement)
Over lunch a panel of “listeners’” will offer a response to the conference and there will be an open discussion. Panelists are Andrew Barnes and Joel Carpenter
>>Conference fee is $120 which covers lunches, dinners, and materials (program booklet and USB drive with presentation papers).
>>The opening reception, the Friday morning plenary, and the Friday afternoon panel are open to non-registrants.
>>Registrants must find their own lodging.
Questions? Email Project Manager Michele Sigg at DACB@bu.edu.
Hotels near Boston University in the $200-$300 range:
Hotel Buckminster (closest, our hotel of choice)
645 Beacon St.
Holiday Inn Boston (Brookline)
1200 Beacon St.
The Bertram Inn (Brookline)
92 Sewall Ave.
Beacon Inn (Brookline)
1087 Beacon St.
Abercrombie Farrington Inn (Allston)
23 Farrington Ave.
There are other options that may be more expensive. Book early as it is leaf-peeping season.