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Biographies in Times of Crisis: Exploring Religious Narratives of AIDS in Africa and the African Diaspora

When:Th 13-12-2012
Where:Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen, the Netherlands

A conference hosted by the Religion, Identity and Memory Research Group, Faculty of Religious Studies, University of Groningen & the International Research Network on AIDS and Religion in Africa (IRNARA).

This conference aims to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the power, practices and ideologies that mark the (re)formulation of biographies in times of crisis. It aspires to do so by investigating the relationship between HIV/AIDS and religion in Africa through biography, life history and self-narratives. A leading question in this respect is how personal and institutional biographies become intertwined and how this leads to new configurations of power, ideology and practice where the histories of people and their institutions are concerned.

Brenda Bartelink, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Rijk van Dijk, African Studies Centre, the Netherlands
Marjo Buitelaar, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Kim Knibbe, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Arthur W. Frank, Dep. of Sociology University of Calgary, Canada
  • Prof. Musa Dube, Dep. of Religious Studies, University of Botswana
  • Prof. Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Dep. of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Montreal/ the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany
  • Prof. Philippe Denis, School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Dr.Rev. C. G. Byamugisha, ANARELA+, Anglican Church Kampala/Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Education, Birmingham, UK

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The conference will be held at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands on 13, 14 and 15 December 2012.

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