Appel à communication pour le panel « Dreaming, Conversion, Inspiration: Oneiric Imaginaries in Contemporary Africa », African Studies Association in Contemporary Africa (ASAA 2022), Université de Cape Town, Afrique du Sud, 11-16 avril 2022 — LIMITE : 30/08/2021
16: Dreaming, Conversion and Inspiration: Oneiric Imaginaries in Contemporary Africa
This panel seeks to trace the connections between dreaming and the world of the invisible from comparative and multidisciplinary perspectives. Dreams have long been studied in anthropology and among historians, archaeologists and scholars of literature, there has been increased recognition of dream studies in recognition of the social and religious dynamics produced during the dream-time.
The objective is to foster an international discussion to develop tools for analyzing how individuals experience everyday religiosity in Africa, and about ways of sensing invisible spirits and the divine, especially in “conversion dreams” and in “inspirational” or creative dreams. Following recent scholarly moves (Soares 2006, 2016), the aim is to challenge scholarship that presents different religions as separate blocs and does not study them within a common analytical frame. Dreams of the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, the Qur’an, and the Bible could all shed light on African encounters with various Others in different settings.
Papers are welcome on the following topics, among others:
– ethnographic case studies of conversion dreams; inspirational dreams in poetic and artistic creation; visitational, inspirational and investiture dreams;
– Christian-inspired dreaming in Muslim worlds and Muslim-inspired dreaming in Christian worlds;
– dreams and jihadism;
– gender, dreaming and the unseen;
– representations of dreams and the unseen in art and popular culture;
– sources for dreams study (digital dream reports, dream books, dream diaries, literary dream reports, etc.).
Visual and art-based approaches and methods are welcome, and short films that relate to the topic will be screened. Paper proposals are welcome from both experienced scholars and PhD students. Abstracts and papers can be sent in English, Italian and French. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume or a special issue of a scholarly journal.
Dr Amalia Dragani (University Of Florida-KU Leuven)