This interdisciplinary conference will host priestesses and priests from the Akan sacred path who work in Ghana, the U.S., and elsewhere across the globe - as well as scholars working on related topics. We will explore the recent revitalizations of African spirituality - especially, Akan practices - in the U.S. and elsewhere. In contrast to more conventional approaches that tend to trace a subduing of African spirituality or that tend to examine its role as context for other shifts (economic, political, social, cultural), we will explore the powers of African spiritual traditions on their own terms.
How do these systems of healing, divination, connection, sacrifice, adjudication, protection, and broader relations with the spiritual realm (deities, ancestors, and other beings) enjoy renewed power in shrine networks across Africa, the U.S., and elsewhere? How do these systems illuminate new depths that may unsettle or enrich prevailing notions of truth, ethics, vision, knowledge, governance, or justice? The conversations will draw from a range of disciplinary domains, including theology, anthropology, history, psychology, law, and philosophy.
- Humanities Council's David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project
- Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
- University Center for Human Values