The African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) is an academic association of scholars of religions posted in universities in Africa, and of scholars of the religions of Africa posted in universities outside Africa. It was founded in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1992 at a Regional Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). The AASR has been affiliated to the IAHR since 1995.
The AASR has currently 254 members, with sizable numbers in the Anglophone parts of Africa:
Outside Africa, a fair number of scholars specialising in the religions, or a religion, of Africa in universities in Europe and North America and elsewhere have joined. In
AASR meets at the quinquennial world congresses of the IAHR for electing a new AASR Executive for the next five-year period and for dealing with matters that need the approval of the AASR General Meeting. So far it has met at
In addition, AASR 'will endeavour to organise a major regional conference at least once every five years in Africa itself' (AASR Constitution, art. 5.2). So far AASR has organised three conferences in Africa. It is currenly organising the fourth meeting.
The AASR has two media for communication with its members. It publishes a bi-annual AASR Bulletin, the latest being AASR Bulletin 33 (november 2010).
This internet site is its other means of communication, with the general public through the pages which are accessible to anyone; and with its members through the pages which are accessible only to its members on condition that they have paid their annual membership fee.
An open access AASR e-Journal for the Study of the Religions of Africa in Africa and its Diaspora is currently being planned.
Scholars of religions posted in academic institutions in Africa, or of religions of Africa posted in universities outside Africa may apply for AASR membership by accessing and completing the AASR Membership Form. For the annual AASR membership fee see AASR Membership Dues
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