30. Is an academic approach to Indigenous religions innately colonizing?
Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes - Molly Bassett
Afe Adogame [+]
Princeton Theological Seminary
Afe Adogame is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Religion and Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA. His research focuses on interrogating new dynamics of religious experiences and expressions in Africa and the African diaspora. Relevant book publications include: Alternative Voices: A Plurality Approach for Religious Studies (2013); African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora, and Gendered Societies (2013). He is co-editor of the Routledge series Vitality of Indigenous Religions; Editor in Chief, AASR E-journal of Religion in Africa and Its Diaspora; and Deputy Editor, Journal of Religion in Africa (Brill).
Scholars and students confront ethical challenges and dilemmas in studying Indigenous religions against the backdrop of inherent colonizing legacy. Moral responsibilities therefore include the privileging of indigenous voices, demonstrating empathetic understanding, employing indigenous methodologies, and the scholar/students’ engagement of social, cultural and epistemic reflexivity in reinterpreting indigenous religions in a culturally appropriate way