Philosophical Theologies & Philosophy of Religion in Africana Traditions

The inaugural Annual conference on Philosophical Theologies & Philosophy of Religion in Africana Traditions

October 24 & 25, 2014

Friday October 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00PM

Elebash Recital Hall

Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10016

Saturday October 25, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

The Commons

388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn New York 11217

Please Download the Event Program Here


The initial conference will explore various philosophical expressions of ultimate reality within   Africana traditions. Considerations will be given to theistic and non –theistic orientations, religious movements that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, syncretism   of older traditions (Vodun, Santeria, etc), cosmic religions, atheologies and religion and science.

Broad premise: Religions are personal and cultural guidance systems. These systems of thought and expressions have personal, social, political, and economic consequences which can be subjected to sophisticated casual analysis. Papers will analyze  the obvious and underlying assumptions, actual practices,   conceptual formulations,   and where applicable eschatological expectations related to the worldviews under consideration.

A broad spectrum of religious and philosophical world views are being practiced by African descendant people in the Americas    that affect all areas of their lives. This conference will examine how place and time influence   personal, communal, institutional and national philosophical and religious identities and what and are some of their    social, economical, and political manifestations. Consideration will also be given to civil religions and how they are operational in everyday life.

Please direct any inquiries to J. Everet Green at

The conference is free and open to the public.

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Friday October 24, 2014

9:00 am—9:00 pm


 9:20 am—9:45 am: Greetings and Opening Statement

 J. Everet Green (Mercy College)

 Mary Taylor (CUNY Graduate Center)

10:00 am—11:00 am: Four Types of Soteriology

Speaker: David E. McClean (Molloy College & Rutgers University)

Chair: Sara Mokuria

11:10 am—12:15 pm

William R. Jones and Philosophical Theology: Transgressing and Transforming Conventional Boundaries of Black Liberation Theology

 Speaker: Brittany O’Neal (Michigan State University)

Chair: Aileen Mokuria

LUNCH 12:15—1:20


1:40—2:50 pm

Greetings and Introduction

 J. Everet Green

With What Alexander Crummell’s Conception of Black Nationalism Begins and Ends?

 Speaker: Frank M. Kirkland (Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center)

 3:00 pm—4:20 pm

What’s Wrong With Philosophy?: Confession of a Non-Africana Thinker

Speaker: Enid Bloch (Independent Scholar)

Chair: Julie Siestreen

4:30 pm

Memorial Minutes for Leo Downs (Lifelong member of the Society for the Study of                      Africana Philosophy)

BREAK 4:40—5:00 pm Break

5:10—6:40 pm

Geographies of Denial: Vodou Doesn’t Believe in God

 Speaker: Manbo Asogwe Dowoti Desir

 Chair: Sara Mokuria

7:00—8:30 pm

Recital The Blue Line Project

Performing: “EXALTATION”:  A multi media performance


Kerry Malone Brown (Band leader, saxophone and flute)

Joe Tranchina (piano)

Doug Richardson (drums)

Eric Lemons (bass)

Special appearance by Al Mosley (trumpet)

                       And DJ ACE



388 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, New York

   Saturday October 25, 2014

  9:00—5:00 pm

 9:00—9:20 am



Sin Has Many Tools But A Lie Is the Handle That Fits Them All

 Speaker: Richard F. Ford, Sr. (Independent Scholar)

Chair: Aileen Mokuria

 10:40—12 noon

J. Leonard Farmer on the Mysteries of the Second Isaiah

Speaker: Greg Moses (Texas State University)

Chair: Silvia Federici

LUNCH 12:00—1:30


Muslim Women Engaging With Islamic and Western Knowledge Systems in the Sahel

Speaker: Ousseina Alidou (Rutgers University)

Chair: Kimberly Ann Harris (Pennsylvania State University)


Is Christianity a Major Contributing Factor to Black Oppression?

Speaker: Zay D. Green

Chair: Kimberly Ann Harris

 3:35—4:40 pm

Discussion: Philosophy and Religion   in Africana Traditions

Yusuf Nuruddin (University of Massachusetts Boston), Manbo Asogwe Dowoti Desir, David McClean, Ousseina Alidou

Chair: George Caffentzis

Closing Remarks

The capacity of the recital hall is 189, and no registration is required for the event.

 This conference is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center

Special thanks to Mary Taylor at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics for working assiduously behind the scene to make this event possible and to Manbo Asogwe Dowoti in assisting with the design of the announcement and the program.


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