Dr Olukoya Ogen, Professor of History at Osun State University, Nigeria, was recently awarded the LUCAS/LAHRI Virtual Fellowship at the University of Leeds to pursue research on the current resurgence of Yoruba religion.
We recently had the pleasure of hosting Dr Ogen for a lecture and conversation on the triple heritage of religion in Africa, with a focus on the Yoruba experience as a model of religious cooperation.
This new project, conducted in collaboration with Dr Abel Ugba, is titled “The globalisation of African religion and the post-colonial resurgence of Yoruba traditional religious practice”. We are happy to announce that Dr Ogen will be returning to the African History Project in the coming months to share the results of this important new research.
The project will consider the following:
“The study argues that locally and globally, Yoruba traditional religion is currently witnessing a resurgence; social contact between monotheists and traditionalists across Yorubaland and beyond is very close, and that the globalisation of Yoruba traditional religious practices is predicated on the resilience of Yoruba cultural values. Thus, the study problematizes the revitalisation, globalisation and adaptability of African indigenous knowledge systems. This case is not only relevant in relation to religion per se, but also in relation to broader questions of identity and public health”.
The Leeds Fellowship, co-sponsored by the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Initiative and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies, is more widely supporting the work of nine leading scholars from across the continent.
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