What's New with the DACB?
Updated March 2012
First Annual Ecumenical History Conference Co-sponsored
by the Dictionary of African Christian Biography
and The Centre for World Christianity at Africa International
"Telling our Story: African Christians, African
Church, and African Society"
Friday, April 13 to Saturday, April 14, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Location: AIU Campus, Karen
The Dictionary of African Christian Biography and
the Centre for World Christianity at Africa International
University are pleased to announce the first annual ecumenical
history conference entitled “Telling our Story: African
Christians, African Church, and African Society” to
be held on the campus of AIU from Friday, April 13 to Saturday,
April 14, 2012.
All faculty and students interested in the history of the
church in Africa are cordially invited to attend. The cost
for the conference is 500 KS and will cover lunch and tea
time. Kijiji guesthouse on the campus* can accommodate those
wishing to stay overnight.
To register for the conference, please email
Mrs. Michèle Sigg at DACB@OMSC.org by April 5th. To
pre-register, please send your conference dues in advance
by M-PESA to mobile no. 0712 428 020.
Presenters: Papers should focus on little
known but significant African Christians, now deceased, who
have contributed to both church and society through their
ministries or life work. While papers need not be purely biographical
but can focus on the history of a region, of a specific denomination
or of a mission, each paper should highlight the contributions
of specific individuals.
Please submit the title of your paper with a one paragraph
(150 words) abstract by March 25th to Mrs. Michèle
Sigg, email: DACB@OMSC.org.
Student papers: Doctoral and Masters level
students are invited to present original biographies of specific
African Christians (deceased).
Please submit the name of the person whose biography you will
presenting by March 25th to Mrs. Michèle Sigg, email:
Oral History Training: Several sessions of
Oral History Research training will be offered over the two
Publication opportunity: Papers and biographies
presented at the conference, and conforming to DACB guidelines
for documentation and clarity, will be published on the Dictionary
of African Christian Biography Web site.
Guidelines and standards for biographies published on the
DACB Web site are outlined in the Instructional Manual found
Award for "Best Biography of an African Christian":
The best student biography will be awarded a prize of 5,000KS
and a DACB T-shirt. The second place winner will receive 2,000KS
and a T-shirt and the third place winner will receive 1,000KS
and a T-shirt. Fourth and fifth place winners will receive
honorable mention and DACB T-shirts.
To be considered, biographies must be submitted by email attachment
by April 11 to Mrs. Mrs. Michèle Sigg,
email: DACB@OMSC.org. Biographies must conform to DACB guidelines
for writers and standards outlined in the Instructional Manual
found at http://www.dacb.org/FinalInstrManual.pdf. Winners
will be announced on Saturday.
* Contact information for Kijiji guesthouse: Linnet Otieno,
mobile: +254-724597204 ; http://www.kijijiguesthouse.com/
2011-2012: DACB at Africa International
University / NEGST
|The 2011-2012 academic year is a time of
transition away from the Overseas Ministries Study Center
for the DACB. As a result, the Project Luke fellowship
program has been suspended temporarily. In August of 2011,
Project Manager Michèle Sigg moved to Nairobi with her
family (husband Sam, son Johan, daughters Annie and Catherine)
for a year. During this time, she is working to install
a regional office at AIU (formerly Nairobi Evangelical
Graduate School of Theology) and to create a network of
institutions actively engaged in oral history research
on African church figures. She is also using this time
to do field research and write the thesis for her M.Th
in World Christianity. Sam is translating for the DACB
on a volunteer basis, doing some commercial translation,
and building furniture for a children’s home. Johan, who
graduated from high school in June 2011, has undertaken
several independent film projects and is volunteering
at AIU as a video intern and at Nyumbani, an AIDS/HIV
orphanage. Annie (11th grade) and Catherine (3rd grade)
are attending West Nairobi School.
At AIU, the DACB is under the umbrella of the
newly inaugurated Centre for World Christianity (CWC)
directed by Dr. Mark Shaw. The CWC recently installed
Dr. Andrew Walls as research professor in their new Ph.D
in Intercultural Studies program that includes three tracks:
World Christianity, Islamic Studies, and Missions. In
the list of goals included in the CWC’s five year strategic
plan, the eighth goal is “to help take the Dictionary
of African Christian Biography to the next level by facilitating
a network of partner institutions in Africa (at least
ten), establishing an annual conference on the DACB, initiating
a student prize for best biography of the year, formalizing
the partnership between AIU/CWC and DACB, and
generating 100 articles per year.” (worldchristianityaiu.wordpress.com)
Two chapel services highlighting the DACB are planned
for the last week in January 2012. In addition, in April,
a joint DACB/AIU sponsored history conference will take
place at AIU.
DACB Web Site
Check out our video
resources page (Internet connection needed) with embedded
video excerpts from the soon-to-be-released two part series
African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana (part 1)
and Stories from Zimbabwe (part 2) by James
Ault at James Ault Productions.
The most recent additions to our biography database can be
viewed in our New Story Index.
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New index pages for our Project
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