Conference Information and Schedule

“African Christian Biography: Narratives, Beliefs, and Boundaries” Boston University, October 29-31 General Information October 29-31, 2015

Note: The opening reception, the Friday morning plenary, and the Friday afternoon panel are open to non-registrants. Meals (including plenaries at the meals) are open to fully registered participants only. This is a working conference.

Thursday, Oct 29

2:00 – 4:00 Registration in African Studies library, Mugar Memorial Library

4:00 - 5:30 Opening reception at the African Studies library; exhibits - OPEN SESSION

Welcome by Dana Robert, Center for Global Christianity and Mission; Beth Restrick, African Studies Library; Jonathan Bonk, Dictionary of African Christian Biography

5:30 – 7:30 Dinner for registrants, discussion of conference details

Project plenary, Jon Bonk, African Church History and the Streetlight Effect: Biography as A Lost Key

Friday, Oct 30

9:00 – 10:00 Morning plenary: Lamin Sanneh, Biography and the Narrative of History - OPEN SESSION
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:30 Concurrent Paper Sessions

1.A. Early Biography. Bishop Graham Kings, chair

**Michael Glerup, The Life of Paul of Thebes and the Living Memory of Contemporary African Communities.

Wendy Belcher, The Life and Visions of Krəstos Śämra, a Fifteenth-Century Ethiopian Female Saint.

John Thornton, King Afonso of Kongo**

1.B. Biography as historical narrative: Chris Evans, chair

**Mark Noll, Mizeki, Chilembwe, Harris and the Future of African Christianity in its Past


Stan Chu Ilo, The Stories My Grand Parents Never Told Me: Memory and Orality in the Narrative of African Christian History

Michele Sigg_, Narrative as History: African Christian Biography as History in the Dictionary of African Christian Biography_

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 Panel: Tim Longman, chair—_Biography as History
Panelists: Kathleen Sheldon, Diana Wylie, Richard Elphick

3:30 - 4:00 Coffee break

4:00 - 5:45 Concurrent Paper Sessions.

2.A. Critical perspectives on South African biography. Diana Wylie, chair.

**Joanne Davis, Omission and Elision: Missing the Target in Biographies of the Reverend Tiyo Soga

Deborah Gaitskell, Preaching as Boxing? The Sermons of Seth Mokitimi, the ‘Brown Bomber,’ as a Biographical Resource

Roger Levine, Jan Tzatzoe or Dyani Tshatshu: Personal, Political, and Historical Consequences of Naming in African History**
2.B. Women in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Dana Robert, Chair.

**Heather Hughes, Recovering the Lives of Early African Women Christians in South Africa: The Case of Nokutela Dube

Barbara Mahamba, A Character Worth Writing About: Roman Catholic Girls and Women’s Education Mirrored through the Experiences of Sikhaulaphi Khumalo

Wendy Urban-Mead, “Ah, if only Nellie could be ordained”: The Leadership and Witness of Nellie Maduma Mlotshwa, Zimbabwe 1958 to 2015**
6:00 – 8:00 Dinner and Plenary (Castle)

**Linda Heywood, Queen Njinga of Angola: Spirituality and Politics

Saturday, Oct 31

9:00 -11:00 Concurrent Paper Sessions

3.A. African Christian Biography in Ghana/West Africa. Nimi Wariboko, chair

Ethan R. Sanders, James Aggrey and the Movement of Political Thought in Africa

Maureen Iheanacho, Unknown Pioneers and Unsung Heroes: Forgotten Christian Ancestors of the Gold Coast (Ghana)

3.B. Methods, theories, and models for African biography. Jean-Luc Enyegue, chair

Paul Grant, Biography as Counter-Narrative to Rupture: The Moral Problem of Describing Intact Lives

The Most Rev Emmanuel A.S. Egbunu, Towards Authentic Characterization in African Christian Biography

Philomena Mwaura, Gender and Power in African Christian Biography

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15 - 1:00 Project Wrap up and Boxed lunch

Over lunch a panel of “listeners’” will offer a response to the conference and there will be an open discussion. Panelists are Andrew Barnes, Joel Carpenter, and Jacob Olupona