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Ramon Sarró and Ruy Llera Blanes

Africans today position themselves from a transnational perspective that pro- vokes dialogues (and often frictions) between ‘centrifugal’ (universalistic) and ‘centripetal’ (African) constructions of cultural identity. Prophetism In and Out of Africa In his book African Reformation , Allan Anderson (2002

Regien Smit

-371). Th e Reformation easily took over existing architectural buildings, only gradually changing the internal use of space into a more ‘preach centred’ form (Turner 1979: 214-226). In Dutch cities and villages where fewer people turned to Calvinist Reformation, these groups gathered in factories or other

Kudzai Biri

; Dijk 1997; Hunt 2002; Ralph 2004). It is the scholarship on African Pentecostal churches that is particularly relevant here (Gifford 2004; Anderson 2004). The dramatic expansion of these churches has been described not only as a profound ‘reformation of African Christianity’ (Anderson 2004: 5

Heritage, Blackness and Afro-Cool

Styling Africanness in Amsterdam

Marleen de Witte

for granted. Evoking a timeless past, it is a historical construct that emerged in the context of nation-building in West Africa as colonial and postcolonial states promoted the reformation and canonization of existing performance practices, mainly through national dance troupes and schools (see Neveu