[Jan G. Platvoet 2001], ‘The Religions of Africa at Bayreuth University’, in AASR-Newsletter nos. 15-16 (May/November 2001): 35-38
Jan G. Platvoet 2005, “www.a-asr.org” [AASR website, first report], in AASR Bulletin 24 (November 2005): 4-8
Jan G. Platvoet 2006, “www.a-asr.org’ [Website Progress Report, II], in AASR Bulletin 26 (November 2006): 18-20
Jan G. Platvoet 2005, Website Progress Report, in AASR Bulletin 25 (May 2006): 13-16
Six important developments have taken place with respect to the AASR website (www.a-asr.org). Three of these are positive: it is growing fast; an Assistant Webmaster has been found to provide help in moderating it; and the AASR website has been transferred from my son’s private server to a commercial server at very moderate cost to the AASR. Three are negative: its e-mail facility for the AASR Executive and for AASR conferences has been closed down, as has the AASR Members-Only Forums facility. And the Site Statistics page is currently ‘down’. 2 As an electronic archive, the AASR website is still embryonical. I touch on all these points in this report. I conclude it with a vote of thanks.
On my return home, on 24th January 2010, I found an e-mail from Rosalind Hackett asking how the Ile-Ife conference had gone. I send her the following impromtu report, which I have slightly adapted.
The book of abstracts of this conference has 58 pages and contains the 106 paper proposals (title and summary) that were accepted by the Local Organizers, Dr. David Ogungbile (Ile-Ife) and Dr. Oyeronke Olademo (Ilorin). So, there was great interest in this conference. Not all made it to the conference, however. The list of those who actually read a paper has 58 names (as well as their institutions, and e-mail addresses). Jacob Olupona, Matthews Ojo and others expressed gratitude and pride that participants from as many as 23 different Nigerian institutions in Religious Studies attended. This conference was therefore not only a major event for the AASR and Ile-Ife, but also for scholarship in religions in Nigeria. On Monday 18th, early in the morning, we received the colourful 14 page programme of the conference. It listed the Aims of the AASR; its Executive; General Information; the Profiles of the three Guest Speakers; and the schedule of the sessions.
2014, “Why Should the AASR Constutition Be Revised?”, in AASR Bulletin 40 (May 2014): 6-15