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The Race-Religion Constellation

Call for Publications

Theme: The Race-Religion Constellation
Subtitle: Entanglements in African Political Communities
Publication: South African Journal of Philosophy
Date: Special Issue (July 2020)
Deadline: 15.11.2019

If, as Mudimbe claimed, the missionary was “the best symbol of the
colonial enterprise”, this symbol has been overshadowed by that of
racism conceived of in terms of the colour line. Based on recent
research on the race-religion constellation in Europe (Topolski
2018), it is equally essential to explore the co-constitution of race
and religion in the processes of racialization and political
exclusion at the centre of the European colonial project (Ramose
1998). In Africa today where religion plays a central role in
identity discourses and practices (Sanni 2015), the need to
understand the role of the race-religion intersection as conscripts
of colonialism and modes of political exclusion becomes imperative.

With this goal, the Race-Religion Constellation Research Project
( invites scholars to submit
contributions for a special issue. We are open to a diversity of
disciplines and methodologies (e.g. history, genealogical, theology,
anthropology, sociological etc., with a philosophical inflection) and
are looking for critical contributions that may consider answering
some of the following questions: What notions and conceptions of
‘religion’ are politically instituted in different African nation
states and how do they relate to racialization? How does ‘religion’
today as a heritage and conscript of racial modernity function to
include and exclude people in African political communities? As
colonial heritage, how does ‘religion’ function to define who is
human and who is not human or racialize people in contemporary
African political practices? How is political belonging defined in
postcolonial African political communities where Christianity and
Islam are the main forms of religion? What space is left for
alternative forms of religious practice? Including those indigenous
to many African communities.

While our preference is for English submissions, if language is a
barrier, we will consider contributions in French, Arabic or Swahilli
(and will find appropriate reviewers and if the articles are selected
pay translation costs).

We are also honoured that the distinguished scholar Mogobe Ramose,
Professor of Philosophy at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences
University, has agreed to write a response to all selected essays.

The articles should be between 6000 and 8000 words and are due on
November 15th, 2019. Questions, ideas for abstracts and articles
should be sent to the guest editors with subject line: The
Race-Religion Constellation: Entanglements in African Political
Communities and must follow the guidelines for South African Journal
of Philosophy.

Guest Editors:

Josias Tembo
Email: j.tembo(at)

Anya Topolski
Email: a.topolski(at)

Journal website: