Elias Bongmba is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He earned a Ph.D. from the Iliff School of Theology at the University of Denver in 1995. His primary research centers on African and African diaspora religions, African Christianity and theology, and contrmporary theololgy and ethics. Bongmba's work strives to connect African religions with the African and continental philosophic traditions and with theology. Bongmba has published several texts including African Witchcraft and Otherness: A Philosophical and Theological Critique of Intersubjective Relations (SUNY Press, 2001); The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006), which won the 2007 Frantz Fanon Prize in Caribbean Thought; and Facing a Pandemic: The African Church and the Crisis of HIV/AIDS (Baylor University Press, 2007), in addition to numerous other articles and book chapters. Bongmba received the Mosle Research Award in both 2000 and 2001 from Rice University and was recognized as the Outstanding Faculty Associate at Weiss College during the 1998-1999 and 2006-2007 academic years. Bongmba currently serves as the Managing Editor of Religious Studies Review and is in the midst of a five-year term as President of the African Association for the Study of Religion (2010-2015).
Kathryn T. Gines
Kathryn T. Gines is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis in 2003, and has taught at Vanderbilt University and Emory University, where Gines served as Fellow in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Her primary interests include continental philosophy, existentialism, Africana philosophy, black feminist philosophy and the critical philosophy of race. In addition to co-editing the anthology Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2010), she is the author of Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014). Gines is founding co-editor of the scholarly journal, Critical Philosophy of Race, the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers, the director of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy and the founding director of the Center for Balanced Living. Additionally, Gines serves as a certified coach for the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development.
Valentin Y. Mudimbe is the Newman Ivey White Professor of Literature at Duke University in Durham, NC. His primary research interests include philology, phenomenology, the history of ideas and Africa. Mudimbe earned his doctorate from the Universite de Louvain in 1970 and has received honorary doctorates from l'Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and l'Universite de Laval. Mudimbe has published more than 20 single-authored texts including The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge (Indiana University Press, 1988); Parables and Fables: Exegesis, Textuality, and Politics in Central Africa (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991); and The Idea of Africa (Indiana University Press, 1994) in addition to numerous other co-authored or edited books, articles and book chapters. Among his recognitions, Mudimbe received the Grand Prix du Roman Catholique in 1974 for the novel Entre les eaux, the Grand Prix Senghor des Ecrivains de langue francaise for the totality of works published to date in 1977, and the Gold Medal of Scientific and Civil Merit from the Republic of Zaire in 1980.
Tsenay Serequeberhan is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Serequeberhan has also taught at Boston College, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Hampshire College, Simmons College and Brown University, and, has served as a research associate for the William Monroe Trotter Institute. After receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College in 1988, he has pursued research crossing between the continental philosophical tradition and the African and Africana philosophical traditions. He is editor or author of the following texts: African Philosophy: The Essential Readings (Paragon, 1991); The Hermeneutics of African-Philosophy: Horizon and Discourse (Routledge, 1994); Our Heritage: The Past and Present of African-American and African Existence (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2000); and Contested Memory: The Icons of the Occidental Tradition (Africa World Press, 2007) in addition to several other scholarly works.