The Redeemed Christian Bible College (RCBC) in Conjuction with the Religious Department, University of Ibadan organises an International Conference on African Pentecostalism.
Theme: Globalisation of African Pentecostalism: The Changing face of World Christianity
The twenty-first century has heralded a new dawn in the political map of Christianity with the proliferation of Pentecostalism across the globe. The shift in the centre of gravity of Christianity from the Global North to the Global South is predicated on the dynamic growth of Pentecostalism in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Consequently, Pentecostalism has been described as the fastest growing Christian tradition in the world. The portable practices and transposable messages of the movement contribute to its appeal to adherents across various cultural frontiers. This appeal often resonates with the socio-cultural contexts within which it is situated.
In the light of the forces of globalisation, migration and technological advancements, African Pentecostalism is no longer geographically delineated. The moral economy of corruption of African leaders, poverty, socio-economic and forced migration have paved the way for many African Pentecostal adherents to travel with their religious idiosyncrasies to various parts of the world. The declining fortunes of Christianity in the West coupled with the fact that religion is consigned to the private space provided the missionary motivation for the reconversion of former Christian heartlands to the Christian faith by African Pentecostal denominations. In the light of the associated challenges of migration and acculturation in a new cultural frontier, African Pentecostalism provides various opportunities for the recreation of Africaness in Diaspora as well as for identity negotiation in the host communities.
Attention has been drawn to the social, economic and political dimensions of African Pentecostalism generally. However, the urbanisation of African Pentecostalism across the globe necessitates a critical engagement with the redrawing of the political map of World Christianity. It is therefore, in response to all these issues that the Redeemed Christian Bible College and the Department of Religious Studies of the University of Ibadan have jointly organised the 2016 International Conference titled, Globalisation of African Pentecostalism: The Changing face of World Christianity.
Professor Afe Adogame, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, United States. Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Christianity and Society.
Professor Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Director of Graduate Studies, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana.
Professor Deji Aiyegbonyin, Head, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Professor Olufunke Adeboye, Head, Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Professor, Folorunso Dairo, Head, Department of Christian Religious Studies. Redeemers University, Ede. Nigeria.
To give attention to these issues and engage recent conversations on the subject-matter in order to get some rewarding responses, the theme of the conference will be addressed with, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:
African Pentecostalism and Globalisation.
African Pentecostalism-Migration and Cultural Identity within and outside Africa.
African Pentecostalism and Politics.
African Pentecostalism and Music.
African Pentecostals and the challenges of Religious Identity.
African Pentecostalism and Ethics within and outside Africa.
African Pentecostalism and Mission within and in diaspora.
Migration Within and Across Africa’s Borders and the Laws.
African Pentecostalism and media within Africa and Diaspora.
African Pentecostalism and space contestation in Africa and Diaspora.
African Pentecostalism and Development within Africa and Diaspora.
African Pentecostalism and political map of World Christianity.
Redeemed Christian Bible College, KM 46 Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Redemption Camp, Mowe, Ogun State.
Arrival: July 19, 2016 (from 2pm). Programme commences with the welcome address by 5pm.
Conference days: 20th & 21st of July 2016.
Departure: 23rd of July 2016
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Interested participants are requested to submit abstracts of not more than 300 words with at least 5 keywords to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com on or before February 20, 2016. If abstract is accepted for presentation at the conference, the paper should be submitted on or before 15th of June 2015. Interested participants that might want to form a panel should submit at least four abstracts for their panel. The Conference provides outlet(s) for publication; submitted papers will be peer-reviewed after the conference and published. Conference Registration fee: Five-thousand Naira, N5,000 (Nigerian delegates); Student Rate: Three-thousand Naira, N3,000; Foreign Delegates: Two-hundred Dollars, $100.
Bank: UNITY BANK PLC
Account Name: The Redeemed Christian Bible College (RCBC)
Account No: 0025095346
Dollar Payment (US)
Correspondent Bank: DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST AMERICAS, NEW YORK
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Beneficiary Bank: UNITY BANK PLC
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Beneficiary: THE RCBC
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There are various facilities that participants can utilise during the conference at the Redemption Camp. However, the College Guest House is a 46 self-contained apartment which is available on a first-come- first-served basis at a reasonable rate.