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Elias K. Bongmba
Professor
Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religion
 
e-mail:bongmba@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Philosophy of Religion (1995) The University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado
  • B.A. (1987) Sioux Falls College
  • M.Div. (1989) North American Baptist Seminary Sioux Falls SD
  • M.A. (1991) University of Iowa
 
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Department Affiliations
 
  • School of Humanities
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    Research Areas
     African and African Diaspora Religions, Global Christianity, African Philosophy and Culture, Contemporary Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Hermeneutics, 19th Century Philosophy and Religion and Health
     
    On the Dialectics of Agony
     My current research project addresses socio-political crises in Africa, offering perspectives, and proposals for solution based on insights from the human sciences.
     

    Emmerging Theology in Africa

     

    I am currently doing research on theology and HIA/AIDS in Africa. The first draft of a manuscript, Facing A Pandemic: Theological Obligations at a Time of Illness is almost complete. I am also interested in how Faith Based Organizations that operate church hospitals in Africa can respond to the growing crisis

     

    Religion and Global Health in Africa

     

    My current reaseach focusses on The HIV/AIDS and the Church in Africa. I am looking at the impact of the pandemic on the Christian community, and studying ways in which globalization could impact the church's response to the crisis. This is study if part of a monograph that will address the Christian response to HIV/AIDS from a theological perspective

     
    Religion and Health
     Religion Health and Healing
     

    African Religions

     

    My current projects include a text book on African Religion, for Wiley Blackwell, a reader on Christianity in Africa currently on contract with Routledge.

     
    Teaching Areas
     African Religions, Global Christianity, African Philosophy and Culture
     
    Selected Publications
     Abstracts
     Bongmba Elias Kifon Restoring Justice as a Public Virtue in the Context of HIV AIDS in Religion and Theology edited by Elias K Bongmba and James R Cochrane Vol 14 1 and 2 2007
     
     Refereed articles
     

    Elias Kifon Bongmba "Homosexuality Ubuntu and Otherness in the African Church." Journal of Religion and Violence, Vol 4 no 1: 15-37.

     
     

    Elias Kifon Bongmba "Writing African Christianity: Perspectives from the History of the Historiography of African Christianity." Religion and Theology, Volume 23 (2016) : 275-312.

     
     

    Church and State in Cameroon The Political Theology of Christian Cardinal Tumi

     
     

    Hermeneutics and the Debate on HOmosexuality in Africa Religion and Theology 22 69-99 2015

     
     

    Rethining Faith and Culture Revie Essay of God Spirit and Human Wholeness Approaching Faith and Culture in West African Style

     
     

    "Reflections on Justice in the Context of HIV/AIDS" in Religions: A Scholarly Journal, Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, No. 3, (2012 :31-44. http://www.dicid.org/english/journals.php 

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinarity in African Studies." Religion and Theology (2014) : 218-250.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Introduction (Guest Editorial)." Religion and Theology, 21 (2014) : 211-217.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Lament and Narrative a Review of Emmanuel Katongole's The Sacrifice of Africa." Modern Theology, 30 (2014) : 403-407.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Medical Research as a New Priority in a Post Medical Missions Era." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Rethinking an Old Alliance." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "African Religions." New Dictionary of the History of IdeasSubmitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "African Derived Religions in the Americas." The New Dictionary of the History of IdeasSubmitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Alterity, Transcendence, and Representation in Levinas: Cross Cultural Implications for African Witchcraft Discourse. 2002."  (2002) : 35-39.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Communitarianism in Africa." The New Dictionary of the History of IdeasSubmitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Death in Heidegger: Intercultural Perspectives." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Eschatology, Levinasian Hints in a Preface." Semeia Studies, 43 (2003) : 16.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Rethinking Civil Society in Africa." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Rethinking Power in Africa: Religious and Theological Perspectives.." Submitted

     
     Articles
     

    "A Comment on Friedman and Rossi's Dialectical Theory and the Study of HIV/AIDS in Dialectical Antrhopology (2011) 35:443-447

     
     

    Saintly Lives in a World of Violence Reflections on the Philosophy of Edith Wyschogrod in Philosophy today Winter 211 pp422-434

     
     Beyond Reason to Interdisciplinary dialogue on Morality and Politics in Africa Comments on E C Ezes Between History and the Gods Reason Morality and Politics in Todays Africa
     
     Phenomenological Humanism Lewis gordon on Reclaiming the Human in an antihuman world
     
     

    Bongmba Elias K "Death and After Life." Submitted

     
     

    Bongmba Elias K "Fabien Eboussi Boulaga." Submitted

     
     Bongmba Elias Kifon Medical Research as New Priority in fighting HIV AIDS in a Post Medical Missions Era
     
     Bongmba Elias K Phenomenological Humanism Lewis Gordon on Reclaiming the Human in an antihuman World
     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Beyond the bible and healing HIV AIDS and New Challenges for the Church in Africa." Semeia StudiesSubmitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Reflections on Thabo Mbeki's African Renaissance." The Journal of Southern African Studies, 30 (June 2004) : 290-316.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Theological Perspectives on Power in Africa." Religion and Theology, 11/2 (2004) : 103-138.

     
     

    Bongmba, E. "African Christian Reform Movements."  (2002)

     
     

    Bongmba, E. "African Religions."  (2002)

     
     Books
     Bongmba Elias Kifon Facing a Pandemic The African Church and Crisis of AIDS Waco Baylor University press 2007
     
     

    The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) (Winner of the 2007 Frantz Fanon Prize in Caribbean Thought) 

     
     

    African Witchcraft and Otherness: A Philosophical and Theological Critique of Intersubjective Relations (SUNY Press, 2001). 

     
     Editor of books
     

    Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy Activist & Theologian, eds. James R. Cochrane, Elias Bongmba, Isabel Phiri, Des van der Water. (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications, 2012). 

     
     

    The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions Editor, 2012
    Guest editors: Elias Bongmba and Jim Cochrane
    , Special Edition of Religion and Theology, HIV/AIDS and Public Policy, Vol. 14/1,2 (2007) 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Elias Kifon Bongmba "Augustine and the Donatist Movement." A New History of African Christian Thought (2016) : 78-95.

     
     

    Elias Kifon Bongmba "HIV and AIDS and Stigma."  (2016) : 264-276.

     
     

    Elias Kifon Bongmba "HIV and AIDS and Stigma."  (2016) : 264-276.

     
     

    Bongmba Elias Kifon Witchcraft, Ritual, and Gender in Social Religion ed. William B Parsons, 253-273 Farmington Hills Chicgan Macmillan Reference USA 2016

     
     

    Dislodgings and Reformation Expanding Christianity in Africa and in the Diaspora

     
     

    Christianity in North Africa

     
     

    From Medical Missions to Church Health Services

     
     

    Global Religions

     
     

    Elias Kifon Bongmba “Introduction,” in The Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa, 1-21, New York: Routledge, 2015.

     

     
     

    Studying African Christianity Future Trajectories

     
     

    “Introduction” James R Cochrane, Elias Bongmba, Isabel Phiri, Des van der Water, “Introduction” in Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy Activist & Theologian, eds. James R. Cochrane, Elias Bongmba, Isabel Phiri, Des van der Water. (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications, 2012). 

     
     

    “Reflections on Love” The Progress of Love, Kristina Van Dyke and Bisi Silva, eds. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2012). 

     
     

    “Rethinking Old Alliance: Religion and Public Health in Africa.” In Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy Activist & Theologian, eds. James R. Cochrane, Elias Bongmba, Isabel Phiri, Des van der Water. (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications, 2012).

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba, “African Immigrant Religions in the Diaspora” Book chapter 

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba “Responsibility as Communal Freedom: Reflections of Individual and Collective Responsibility” Journal Essay, Maseno University Kenya

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba, “Spirituality: an Intersubjective Practice” Book chapter 

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba “Traditional Power and Authority: Some Old Lessons” Book Chapter

     
     

    Alasdair MacIntyre on After virtue in Beyond the Pale: Reading Ethics from the Margins, edited by Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas and Miguel A. De La Torre (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011)

     
     

    Aesthetics in Africa Art Implications for theology In Black Religion and Aesthetics Religious Thought and Life in Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Anthony B Pinn New York Palgrave McMillan 2009

     
     Ethical Challenges of Patenting Nature Legal and Economic Accounts of Altered nature as Property
     
     Bongmba Elias K Ancestor Veneration in Central Africa in Eternal Ancestors The Art of Central Africa Reliquary
     
     

    “The African Renaissance and Religion.” In Religion, conflict, and Democracy in Modern Africa, 51-77. Edited by Samuel K. Elolia. (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2012).

     
      Bongmba Elias Kifon Portable Faith The Global dimensions of African Initiated Churches in African Immigrant Religions in America 102 129 Edited by Jacob Olupona and Regina Gemignani NYU Press 2007
     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "African theology and the Question of Rationality." Inculturation and Postcolonial Discourse in African Theology (2006)

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Medical Research as a New Priority in fighting HIV AIDS in a Post Medeical Missions Era." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Portable Faith The Global Dimensions of African Initiated Churches." The New Diaspora Religion in the Lives of African Immigrants in North AmericaIn Press

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "The Study of African Religions Sketches of the Past and Prospects for the Future." The Study of Africa Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters, Vol 1 (2006)

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Witchcraft and the Christian Church Ethical Implications."  (2006) : 30.

     
     

    "Evans-Pritchard and the theoretical Demise of the concept of Magic."  (2006) : 26.

     
     Fesctschrift for Charles Nyamiti
     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Evans-Pritchard and the theoretical demise of the concept of Magic in Africa." In Press

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Identity and Survival." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Portable Faith: The global Dimension of African Initated Churches." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Witchcraft and Ethics in the African Church." In Press

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Witchcraft and Ethics." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Evans-Pritchard and the Theoretical Demise of the Concept of Magic." Submitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Rationality and African Theology." Submitted

     
     

    Bongmba, E. "Intertextuality in Cheikh Hamidou Kane's Ambiguous Adventure."  (2001) : 145-162.

     
     

    Bongmba, E. "Targeted for Change: Cameroonian women and Missionary Designs in Some Fiction by Mongo Beti."  (2002) : 303-325.

     
     Book reviews
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Review of A Short History of African Philosophy." International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol 36 (Noveber 6,) : 243-245.

     
     Dictionary or Encyclopedia Entries
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Eze Emmanuel Chukwudi and Postcolonial African Philosophy." Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Volume 1

     
     Other
     Bongmba Elias K African Religion Encyclopedia Africana
     
     Bongmba Elias K African Theology Encyclopedia Africana
     
     Bongmba Elias K Magic in Encyclopedia Africana edited by Abiola Irele Oxford University Press
     
     Bongmba Elias K Origen in Encyclopedia Africana edited by Abiola Irele
     
     Bongmba Elias K The African Renaissance
     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "The International Focus in San Antonio." : 1.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "African Derived Religions." In Press

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Communitarianism in Africa." In Press

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Whither African Philosophy." African Studies Review, 47 (2004) : 119-123.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Abiodun Akinsowon, Christiana: Christian Visionary, Church Founder." , Vol 1 (2004) : 4.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Blyden, Edward Wilmot." Holy People of the World A Cross Cultural Encyclopedia, Vol 1 (2004) : 129-130.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Christianah Abiodun." Encyclopedia of Holy PeopleSubmitted

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba "Edward Blyden." Encyclopedia of Holy PeopleSubmitted

     
     

    Elias Bongmba "On Love: Literary Images of a Phenomenology of Love in Ngugi wa Thiongo's The River Between." Literature and Theology, 15 No 4 (2001) : 373-395.

     
     

    Elias K Bongmba ""African witchcraft: From Ethnography to Critique"."  (2001) : 39-79.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "'Spiritual Development, Its Thought, Public Praxis and the Crises of Intersubjectivity: Refocusing Religious and Theological Thought in Africa"." Religion and Theology, 8 No 1 (2001) : 139-164.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Fabian and Levinas on Time and the Other: Ethical Implications." Philosophia Africana, 4 No 1 (March 2001) : 7-26.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Eros as Theological Response to Tfu." Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 106 (2000) : 17-34.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Intertextuality in Cheikh Hamidou Kane's The Ambiguous Adventure: Multiple Readings of the Motif of Death." 

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Spiritual Development, its Thought and Public Praxis, Review Essay." African Studies Review, 43 No. 2 (2000) : 117-125.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "African Witchcraft: From Ethnography to Critique."  (Forth-coming 2000)

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Beyond the Rationality Debate to Contextual Ethics." African Philosophy, Vol 12 No 2 (1999) : 125-148.

     
     

    Elias K. Bongmba "Toward a Hermeneutic of Wimbum Tfu." African Studies Review, Vol 41 No 3 (December 1998) : 165-191.

     
     

    Elias Bongmba "Eros as a Theological Response to Tfu (Witchcraft)." Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (Forthcoming)

     
     

    Elias Bongmba "Levinas on Eschatology." SEMIA (Forthcoming)

     
     

    Elias Bongmba "Targeted for Change: Mongo Beti on Catholic Approaches to Polygamy in Cameroon."  (Forthcoming)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    researched, wrote the paper and presented it.  "Homosexuality and Law in Africa." Law and Religion in Africa, Addis Ababa University Ethiopia. (May 23 2016)

     
     

    co-wrote the paper and co-presented it.  "Land Disopute in the Wimbum Community The Quest for Reconciliation." African Studies Association, Washington DC. (December 3 2016) With Elias Kifon Bongmba and Richard Tanto Talla

     
     

    co-wrote the paper and presented it in Ghana.  "Land and authority in Cameroon." African Association for the Study of Religion, (Jyly 28 2016) With Richard Tanto Talla University of Bamenda

     
     

    Ubuntu Ethics and the homosexuality Debate in African Chrisitanity

     
     

    Researched, wrote and read the paper.  "Mandela's Spiritual Politics." Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, , Indianapolis. (November 21, 2014)

     
     

    Researched, wrote and presented the paper.  "The Church of the Future Reflectionsofthe Ecclesiology of Jesse N.K. Mugambi." Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego. (November 23, 2014)

     
     

    researched, wrote and presented the paper.  "The Faith Community and Infectious Diseases." American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Houston State University, Huntsville Texas. (November 8, 2014)

     
     

    wrote and presented the paper.  "Where did the Forest Go." 6th Conference of the African Association for the Study of Religion, University of Cape Town. (July 31, 2014)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    Church and State in Cameroon The Political Theology of Christian Cardinal Tumi

     
     

    Land and Authority in Postcolonial Africa

     
     

    “Religion and HIV AIDS: Interpreting the Public Realm, Book Discussion, Religion and HIV and AIDS,” Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 19, 2012. 

     
     

    Religion in the Public Square: Discussion of African Traditions in the Study of Religion: Social and Political Perspectives.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 16, 2012

     
     

    Hermeneutics and Homosexuality: Reading Rudolf Bultmann, University of South Africa, New Testament Colloquium, September, 4, 2012. 

     
     

    Interdisciplinarity in Religion and Public Health, June 6, 2012. 50th Anniversary of the Center for African Studies at Edinburgh University 

     
     

    Religion and Sports: the Role of the Occult and Para Church Groups
    Paper presented at the Conference of the African Association for the Study or Religion, Egarton University, Kenya, July 20, 2012 

     
     

    "Reading Lewis Gordon's Introduction to African Philosopy presentation at the Eastern divisini of the American Philosophical Society." (December 27 2011)

     
     

    "Responsibility and Ethical Anaylsis presented at the ES Atieno Odhiambo Conference at Maseno University Kenya." (July 16 2011)

     
     

    I wrote the paper based on material from on-going research on African Churches in Houston.  "Portable Faith: The Global Mission of African Initiated Churches (AIC)." African and African American Studies Program, University of California, Davis. (December 3, 2004)

     
     

    "Avey's Awakening." Southern Humanities, New Orleans. (March 20 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    wrote the paper and presented it at the conference.  "Chrisianity and Culture." Cameroon Professional Society, Rice University Houston. (August 13 2016)

     
     

    Researched, wrote the paper and presented it.  "Land andAuthority in PostcolonialCameroon." Africa at the Crossroads Trans Institutional Program Vaderbilt University, Nashville TX. (September 28 20016)

     
     

    Teaching African Christianity

     
     

    Maximizing Partnerships in Cameroon Security Markets and Ethics

     
     

    "Christianity in the African Diaspora." (March 17, 2014)

     
     

    Did the research, wrote the paper and presented the paper.  "Phenomenology of the Face: African Perspectives." The Simon Silverman 32nd Annual Symposium on Phenomenology, Duquesne University. (Feb 14, 2015)

     
     

    Researched, wrote the paper and presented it.  "Thabo Mbeki and Africa in the Pre-presidential and Presidential Years: Conceptualizing and Ground the African Renaissance as an Intellectual and Political Process." Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library Colloquim , University of South Africa. (September 17, 2014)

     
     

    Facing Challenges: The Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network” Lecture at Eckerd College, October 11, 2012.

     
     

    “The New Short Termers: Reflections on the Dynamic Changes in Mission Practice” Lecture at Eckerd College, October 11, 2012

     
     

    Love in Africa, The Menil Collection, Houston, February 13, 2012. 

     
     

    "Pentecostalism in Africa today presented at the Houston Ministerial Association." (September 2011)

     
     

    The African Association for the Study of Religion

     
     

    Prepared and delivered the talk.  "Emerging Theologies in Africa." Yale African Studies, Yale University. (November 18 2009)

     
     

    Prepared and delivered the talk.  "Rethinking an Old Alliance Religion and Public Health in Africa." African Religious Health Assets Program ARHAP, University of Cape Town. (July 16 2009)

     
     

    Prepared and delivered the talk.  "Thinking about the Other." South Main Baptist Church, Houston. (August 2009)

     
     

    I carried the research in Houstons African Churches and presnted the findings at the conference.  "Dreams in the African Initiatied church." North American Association for the Study of Religion, Bates College Maine. (April 26 2008)

     
     

    Presnted the talk.  "HIV AIDS in Africa What Can I do." Spring Meeting of Junior State of America Texas Branch, Dallas TX. (February 10 2008)

     
     

    Prepared the paper and presnted it on the panel.  "In the Service of Ulu." 50th Anniverasy of Chinua Achebes Things Fall Aprt, Houston. (August 8 2008)

     
     

    wrote the paper and presented it.  "the bible and Intersubjectivity." South main Baptist Church mens bible Class, houston. (December 29 2008)

     
     

    Did the research on African American Missionaries to Africa and presented the paper.  "African American Missionaries in Africa” J. Marie McCleary Literary Symposium, Texas Southern University, ." English Department Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas,. (March 30 2007)

     
     

    Prepared and made the presentation.  "Gender an Unnecessary Divide ." Saint Luke United Methodist Church Houston,. (May 6 2007)

     
     

    Prepared talk presented it and led a discussion on genocide in Sudan.  "Genocide in Darfur." Jewish Community Center, West Houston. (April 2007)

     
     

    Prepared research on HIV AIDS.  "HIV/AIDS in Africa Palmer Memorial Church, Houston TX." Palmer Memorial Church, Houston. (March 18 2007)

     
     

    Presented perspectives on the conflict in the Sudan.  "Conflict in Dafur Sudan Genocide or civil strife." Jewish Community Center. (October 25 2006)

     
     

    Presented the lecture.  "Death in Philosophical and theological perspective." Department of Philosophy and Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University Ethiopia. (May 2 2006)

     
     

    Presented material from research on HIV/AIDS.  "Image of God and HIV/AIDS." Institute of Ethiopian Studies Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa University Ethiopia. (May 1 2006)

     
     

    Presented the lecture.  "John and Dominique de Menils Cosmopolitan Vision for Freedom and Justice." Rothko Chapel, Rothko Chapel Houston Texas. (June 8 2006)

     
     

    Presented lecture based on research on Levinas's impact on contemporary theological and ethical debates.  "Levinas and Theology." Institue of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University Ethiopia. (May 2 2006)

     
     

    Presented lecture.  "The African Renaissance and Political Reform." Institue of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University Ethiopia. (May 3 2006)

     
     

    Presented lecture at the seminar.  "Thinking about Death with and Beyond Heidegger." African Studies Seminar University of Michigan, University of Michigan Ann Abor. (Feb 16 2006)

     
     

    I wrote the paper and presented it. It is part of my on-going research on the church and HIV/AIDS in Africa.  "HIV/AIDS and Healing: New Challenges for the Church in Africa." International NRF Colloquium on Jesus and Healing in Africa, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Piertermaritzburg, South Africa. (October 15, 2004.)

     
     

    I wrote the paper and presented it.  "HIV/AIDS and Healing: New Challenges for the Church in Africa." International NRF Colloquium on Jesus and Healing in Africa, University of Kwazulu-Natal Piertermaritzburg,. (October 15, 2004.)

     
     

    I wrote the paper and presented it at the conference.  "Reflections on Ideology and Practice: The African Renaissance and its Implications for the Cameroon Society of Engineers." Cameroon Society of Engineers, Rice University, Houston. (June 2004)

     
     

    "Africans and African Americans." African American Studies, University of Houston. (February 19 2002)

     
     

    "Diversity in African Religions." Diversity Forum, Prairie View A&M University. (April 3 2002)

     
     

    "Theological Perspectives on Power in Africa." Global Forum at International House, Illinois State University. (March 21 2002)

     
     

    "Zande Theology." Evans-Pritchard's Anthropology: English Contexts, French Perspectives, African Realities, Oxford University, England. (November 30 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

     

     

     
     

    researched, wrote the paper and delivered the Keynot address.  "Diakonia TodayAdvocating for new Technologies to feed the Hungry." Justo Mwale University and University of Zambia, Lusaka. (April 7 2016)

     
     

    Water for Life

     
     Lectures
     

    Prepared and presented four lectures on colonial medicine medical missions HIV AIDS and health in a global climate.  "Health and Medicine Africa and HIV AIDS Perspectives on Colonial Medical missions and contemporary Health care in Africa lectures at the Special Topics Class, First Presbyterian Sunday School ." Special Topics Class, First Presbyterian Church Houston. (October through November 2007.)

     
     

    Prepared the lecture and presented it to the group.  "Religion and Politics in Kenya: the Legacy of Biship Henry Okkulu and Bishop David Gitari." Alumni Tour of Kenya, Masai Mara. (September 30, 2003)

     
     

    Prepared and presented the lecture.  "The New Religions of Africa." Rice University Alumni College, Rice University. (March 2003)

     
     

    Prepared and presented the lecture.  "Widowhood in African Society." Rice Women's Group, Houston. (October 7 2003)

     
     

    "Religion and the Public Square in Africa." Global Studies International Seminar, Illinois State University. (March 20 2002)

     
     Other
     

    Presented a Plenary lecture.  "Fatith Based Organizations and HIV AIDS New challenges for Medical Missions." University of Kwazulu Natal and University of Oslo, Bothas Hill South Africa. (October 21 2005)

     
     

    Prepared the presentation and delivered it.  "Religion in Kenya." Alumni Tour in Kenya, Sweatwaters Game Reserve, Kenya. (September 2003)

     
     

    "Building the Future, What Wnet wrong, Where do we go from here." Cameroon Transitions and Tranformations, Religious Studies and Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University. (April 7 2001)

     
     

    "Reflections on Healing in the Northwest Province of Cameroon." Psyche Soma & Spirit Conference, Rice University, Rice University, Houston TX. (

     
     

    "Rethinking Subjectivity in the Postcolony." 44 Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Houston. (November 16, 2001)

     
     

    "Teaching Across Borders, Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Teaching." Southern Humanities, San Antonio. (February 9, 2001)

     
     

    "Teaching African Spirituality." African Studies Workshop at Texas Southern University, Texas Southern University, Houston. (April 20 2001)

     
     

    "Wimbum Women and Witchcraft in the 21st Century." 44 Annual Meeting African Studies Association, Houston. (November 17, 2001)

     
     

    "African Witchcraft, Theology and the Impact of Emmanuel Levinas." The School of Theology of the University of Natal, Piertermaritzburg, South Africa. (August 14, 2000)

     
     

    "Evans-Pritchard and the Theoretical Demise of the Concept of Magic in Africa." 18th Quinquennial Congress of the International Association of the History of Religions (IAHR), Durban, South Africa. (August 7, 2000)

     
     

    "Keynote Address Alterity, Transcendence and Representation in Emmnauel Levinas: Cross Cultural Perspectives." Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon, Eugene. (May 4, 2000)

     
     

    "Olumba's Message for the World: Spiritual Identity and Survival in Houston's Nigerian Community." The African Studies Association, Nashville, TN. (November 18, 2000)

     
     

    ""Vigillance for a New Generation of Leaders"." Enhancing Black Leadership, The Jesse Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. (May 21, 1999)

     
     

    "Meditation on Death in Cheikh Hamidou Kane's Ambiguous Adventure." 22nd Adfrican Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, University of Western Australia, Perth. (November 27, 1999)

     
     

    "Perspective on Problematic Gifts." The Enigma of the Gift, Rice University. (March 27, 1999)

     
     

    "Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Africa." Parliament of World Religions, Cape Town, South Africa. (December 5, 1999)

     
     Panelist
     

    Charting Future Research

     
     

    Responding to the Ebola Virus Disease

     
     

    Religious Images in Voices of Muslim Women, Film by Maha Marouan

     
     

    Prepared and delivered the talk.  "Rethinking Traditional Authority ." American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada. (October 8 2009)

     
     

    Prepared and delivered the talk.  "The contributions of E S Atieno Odhiambo." African Studies Association, New Orleans. (November 21 2009)

     
     

    Wrote the paper and presented it at the panel.  "Interdisciplinarity in African Theology." American Academy of Religion, Chicago. (November 2 2008)

     
     

    Wrote the paper and presented as part of the panel.  "Retrieving Texts Recasting Traditions A Symposium on Scriptures Christian Origins and World Christianities." Installation of Dr Gay Byron as Baptist Missionary Professor ar Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester New York. (march 4 2008)

     
     

    Organizer of the Special Topics Forum and panelist.  "African Churches and HIV AIDS in a Global Context." American Academy of Religion, Washington DC. (November 18 2006)

     
     

    Responded to presentations on genocide in Rwanda and Dafur.  "Genocide in the context of the postcolonial state in Africa." American Academy of Religion, Washington DC. (November 19 2006)

     
     

    Co organizer of the panel and presenter.  "Justice in the time of HIV AIDS." American Academy of Religion, Washington DC. (November 20 2006)

     
     

    Responded to panel presentations.  "New Perspectives on History of Christianity in Africa." American Academy of Religion, Washington DC. (November 20 2006)

     
     

    Discussed HIV crisis in Africa.  "Perspectives on HIV AIDS in Africa." Rice NAACP and Black Students Organization, Rice University. (December 2 2006)

     
     

    Presented paper from research on HIV AIDS.  "Virtues at a time of HIV AIDS." Carribbean Philosophical Association, Concordia University Montreal Canada. (August 3 2006)

     
     

    Presented a paper on this panel.  "Beyond Saint Augustine on Sexuality in Africa." African Studies Association, Washington DC. (November 18)

     
     

    wrote the paper and presented it.  "The African Church and Global AIDS Perspectives On Access to Treatments." American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia. (November 19 2005)

     
     

    I did the research wrote the paper and presented it.  "Twin Rituals Among the Wimbum People of the Northwest Province of Cameroon." University of Mons Belgium and The Free University of Brussels, Mons Belgium. (November 25 2005)

     
     

    I organized the panel and presented and also presented a paper.  "Death in Aime Cesaire's Cahier D'un Retour au Pays Natal." African Studies Association, New Orleans. (October 12, 2004)

     
     

    I wrote and presented the paper.  "Youth and Identity at a time of Crises." Orality, Literature and Diversity Conference, University of Zululand, Mtunzini, KZN, South Africa,. (October 9, 2004.)

     
     

    I wrote the paper and presented it at the conference.  "Youth and Identity at a time of Crises Orality." International Conference on Orality, Literature, University of Zululand, Mtunzini, South Africa. (October, 9 2004)

     
     

    Wrote the paper and presented it at the AAR meeting.  "African Churches in Houston." American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA. (November 25, 2003)

     
     

    Prepared the paper and delivered it at the ASA.  "African Philosophy as I see it: The Imperitive of Ethics." African Studies Association, Boston, MA. (October 31, 2003)

     
     

    "Surviving Death: Reflections on Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter." American Academy of Religion, Toronto Canada. (November 25 2002)

     
     

    "Wimbum Tfu Escalation: Conflicting Messages from the Church." African Studies Association, Washington DC. (December 7 2002)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    Researched, wrote the paper and deliered at a department Seminar of faculty and students.  "Writing African Chrisianity Perspectives from a NonHistorican

     ." Department Seminar University of Pretoria South Africa, Pretoria. (July 7 2016)

     
     Session Chair
     

    Boko Haram and the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria

     
     

    Book Discussion The Art of Conversion by Cecile Fromont

     
     

    Book Discussion: A Retrospective on Herskovits Winners, ASA Sponsored Panel, A Saint in the City by Allen Roberts and Poly Nooter Roberts

     
     

    Presented at the African Association for the Study of Religion panel at the American Academy of Religion October

     
     

    Moderator.  "African Medical Education in a Day of HIV AIDS." Special presentation at Rothko Chapel, Houston. (January 3 2008)

     
     

    Chaired the Session and interviewed the Guest Speaker.  "Inside Africa the Hidden Wars." Rothko Chapel, Houston. (November 24 2008)

     
     

    chaired and moderated the session.  "AIDS of the Radar The Black American Epidemic." The Baker Institute Student forum, Rice University. (October 29 2005)

     
     Workshops
     

    Wrote and presented the paper.  "Death in Aime Cesaire." Program of African Indigenous Knowledge worskshop, Jomo Kenyatta Univesity of Science and Technology Kenya. (June 24, 2014)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, SOPHIA An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Springer. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. Wiley Blackwell. (2015 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Western Journal of Black STudies. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, REligion andTheology. E.J. Brill. (2014 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Religion and Gender. Cluster Purblication. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Illorin Journal of Religious Studies. University of Illorin Nigeria. (2014 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, AASR E Journal Journal for the Studyof Religions of Africa and its Diaspora. (2015 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, African Studies Review. African Studies Association and Cambridge University Press. (2014 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Religion and Theology. E J Brill. (2015 - 2017)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. Wiley Blackwell. (2009 - 2009)

     Editor, Religious Studies Review. Wiley Blackwell. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Religion and Gender. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Religion and Theology. E.J. Brill. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Western Journal of Black Studies. Washington State University. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, African Studies Review. Cambridge University Press. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Ethiopian JOurnal of Religious Studies. Tsehai Publication Loyola Marymount University. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, The Western Journal of Black Studies. Washington State University. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia International Journal for Philosophyof Religion Metaphysical Theology and Ethics. Springer. (2011 - 2011)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. Wiley Blackwell. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, African Studies Review. African Studies Association. (2011 - 2011)

     Other, The bulletin of Council of Societies for the Study of Religion. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Illorin Journal. (2014 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. Springer. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. Ashgate. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. Ashgate. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. (2005 - 2005)

     Other, Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology, and Ethics. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, Bulletin of the Council for the Study of Religion. Council for the Society of the Study of Religion. (2007 - 2007)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. CSSR and Blackwell. (2006 - 2006)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. (2005 - 2005)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. Blackwell Publisher. (2007 - 2007)

     Other, Bulletin of the Council for the Study of Religion. (2005 - 2005)

     Other, Bulletin of the Council for the Study of Religion. CSSR Sheridan. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sophia. Ashgate. (2007 - 2007)

     Other, Religious Studies Review. (2005 - 2005)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Bekithemba Mgomezulu, PhD The Rise and Fall of the University of East Africa. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kristin Peterson, Phd HIV/AIDS and Democracy in Nigeria: Policies, Rights, and Therapeutic Economies. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     David Kilpatrick, Phd Casa, La Casa. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Roxanne Richter, MA Gender and Disaster Preparedness. (2007) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Stephen Finley, PhD Black Bodies in the Nation of Islam. (2008) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Israel Ahimbisibwe, PHD Covenant Law in Transforming the Culture of Violence Reading 2 Kings 14 5 6 in the Context of the Rwanda 1994 Genocide. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mari Anna Pointinen, PhD Celebrating Life and Harmony African Theology as Liberatin Wisdom in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Corneille Nkurunziza, MA Tesponding to the HIV AIDS Epidemic in the Context of the Unjust Social Structures: A Challange to the Burundian Pentecostal Churches Theology of Mission. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Radikobo Philip Ntsimane, PHD Amandadla Awekho Amuthini asenyangeni A Critical History of the Lutheran Medical Missions in Southern Africah With Sepcial Empahsis on Fourt Hospitals 1930 1978. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Chad Pevateaux, PHD What Mystics May Come: Posthumanism and a More Perfect Union from James to Obama. . (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Paul H L Easterling, PhD The Moorish Science Temple of America: A Study exploring the Foundations of African American Islamic Thought and Culture. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Terri Laws, PHD African American Religion and Clinical Trials An EThnographic Study of Spritiuality and Patiend Subject Decision making. (2013) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Enoch Olujide Gbadegesin, Phd Comparative Analysis of Gift Exchange among a Pentecostal Christian Denomination and an Indigenous Tradition in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Jonathan Chism, PhD The Saints Go Marching?: An Analysis of Political Protest Activism among Pentecostals in the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee, 1954-1968 . (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Roxane Richter, PhD Medical Outcasts: Access Denied; Voices of Undocumented Zimbabwean and Mexican Women Fighting Gendered and Institutional Xenophobia in American and South African Emergency Health. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Nessette Falu, PhD Lesbicas Negras, Ethics and the Scales of Racialized Sexual Recognitions in Gynecology and Public Discourse in Salvador-Bahia . (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Daniel Brubaker, PHD Intentional Changes in Qur'an Manuscripts. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Chad Pevateaus, PhD What Mystics May Come Forming More Perfect Unions from Pragmatism to Posthumanism. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Terri Laws, PHD At the Cross Roads African AmericanSpirituality clinical Trials and Patient Subject Decision Making. (2015) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Terri Laws, PhD AfricanAmerican ReligionandClinicalTrials A Study of Spirituality and Patient Subject Decision Making. (2015) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Aundrea Matthews, PhD Quilting Faith: The Fabric of Black Religion. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Nathanael Vlachos, PHD Ethics of Freedom Pragmatics of Constrait Theatre in a Post Mandela South Africa. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Rachel Schneider, PhD The Ethics of Whiteness, Race Religion andSocialTransformation in Contemporary South Africa. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Nathanael Homewood, PHD Pneumaeroticism and Erotic Hermensutic of body andspirit in Ghanaian Pentecostalism. (2016) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Darrius Hill, PhD Towards a Theory of Reciprocity Constructing a Hermeneutic of Relationality for Black Theological Discourse. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Darrius Hill, PhD Toward a Theory of Reciprocity: Constructing a Hermeneutic of Relationality For Black Theological Discourse. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Nathanael Homewood, PhD Homoeroticism An Erotic Hermeneutic of Body and Spirit in Ghanaian Pentecostalism. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Rachel Schneider, PHD The Ethics of Whiteness Race Religion and Social Tranformation in conetmporary South Africa. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Rachel Schneider, PhD The Ethics of Whiteness Race Religion and Social Transformation in Contemporay South Africa. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Nathanael Homewood, PHD Pneumoeroticism and Erotic Hermeneutic of Body and Spirit in Ghanaian Pentecostalism. (2017) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Itohan Mercy Idunwonyi, PhD Gender Relations in a Nigerian Pentcostal Church. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Stephen Finley, Phd The Black Body in the Nation of Islam. (Thesis Co-Director)

     Stephen Finley, PhD The Black Body in the Nation of Islam. (Thesis Co-Director)

     Rachel Sam, BA honors HIV AIDS in Kwazulu Natal. (Thesis Director)

     Anjuli Shivshanker, BA thesis Christianity and Evil in Ghana. (Thesis Director)

     David Kline, PhD Wounds that cannot Heal Political Theology Race and Auto Immunity of White American Christianity. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Simranjit Khalsa, PhD An International Study of Sikhism in the US, UK, and India. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     The 2007 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Work in Caribbean Thought, The Caribbean Philosophical Association (June 2007)

     Outstanding Faculty Associate, Wiess College (April 2007)

     Steering Committee of the Bonhoeffer Society, American Academy of Religion (2001 Annual Meeting)

     African Studies Association Local Arrangments Comittee, African Studies Association (November 15-18 2001)

     Local Arrangements Committee for African Studies Association Houston, 2001, African Studies Association (On going Preparations)

     Member of the Academic committee for the 18th Quinquennial Congress of the International Assocaiton of the History of Religions in Durban, International Association of the History of Religions (August 5-25 2000)

     Sterring committee of the Bonhoeffer Socity at the American Academy of Religion, American Academy of Religion (Review of Proposals for Presentation at the Annual)

     Attended Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higer Education, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (June 1-5 2000)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Residency
     Program for Indegenous Knowledge in Africa. We met for two weeks at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Kenya. (June 2014)
    I presented a paper and discussed other papers at the workshop