ISRCAD's purpose is to continue promoting opportunities for research on a full range of topics within Africana Studies through occasional forums, publications, working groups, and electronic media such as our website and Africana Studies Listserv.
Historically, ISRCAD has focused on furthering the study of religion and culture at the University of Notre Dame. Following the inaugural colloquium in 2000, ISRCAD has continued to sponsor an annual reception at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature and has maintained an active prescence at the University.
ISRCAD requires most of its members to contribute actively, in some substantial way, to the growing body of scholarship on African and Afrodiasporan peoples. This is born of its commitment to exercise responsible stewardship over the intellectual resources that make it possible for us to experience the diverse and multifaceted religious and cultural landscape of Africa and the Diasporan communities in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and elsewhere in the world.
Those with general or specialized interest in the study of Africa or the African Diaspora are invited to become affiliates of the Institute. Affiliates are free to participate in all ISRCAD sponsored events, but are not required to have an active research or teaching agenda.