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

15 May 2012

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).

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

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.

The conference invites papers that address the following issues:
1. Understanding AIDS through biographies
2. Continuity and crisis in the rewriting of narratives of the self
3. Socio-religious biographies of the self and their contestation
4. Memory, voice and silence in embodied biographies
5. Diaspora, AIDS and strangerhood

Practical Information
The conference will be held at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands on 13, 14 and 15 December 2012. Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be submitted to the convenors for selection by 15 May( The selected speakers will be notified by 15 June and a conference programme , including the keynote speakers, will be announced in due course. The conference fee is € 40. Further information will be published on in due time.

Last modified:03 February 2020 4.30 p.m.

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