With ERT Orientation starting this week, it’s likely that you have many questions and queries. All PG sectors at the University have been very active over the last weeks collating issues, queries and concerns that PG students might have or face during this uncertain period of Covid-19. The plan is for these queries – and the corresponding answers! - to find their way into PG Student FAQs that can serve as a reliable source of information for students (and staff).
The first batch of FAQs has just been released and is available here: http://www.postgradhub.uct.ac.za/pghub/faqs-postgraduates
The FAQs are being updated as further information is curated and / or decisions have been made; they are thus a ‘living’ document.
Department of Religious Studies
Michael J. Walsh is an Associate Professor at Vassar College in the Department of Religion, as well as an active member of the Asian Studies Program. He teaches courses on the cultural history of the study of religion, China’s political and socioreligious culture, methods and theories in the study of religion, Buddhism and monastic life, colonialism and religion, violence and religion, and the production of sacred space and cultural geography. His first book Sacred Economies: Buddhist Monasticism and Territoriality in Medieval China is published by Columbia University Press. His most recent book, published in February 2020, also by Columbia University Press, is Stating the Sacred: Religion, China, and the Formation of the Nation-State. He is currently working on a biography of Buddhist temple space. At the College he has served on numerous committees including the President’s Cabinet. He has also served as chair of the Religion department for four years, and Director of Asian Studies for three years. He is currently the Chair of the Religion Department.
Hermen Kroesbergen is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology at the University of Pretoria. He studied theology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands. After an MA thesis in philosophy of religion on the work of Wittgensteinian philosopher D.Z. Phillips, he obtained a PhD in systematic theology from the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands, investigating the relationship between systematic theology and ordinary language of faith from a Wittgensteinian perspective. He served for four years as a pastor in a congregation of the Protestant church in the Netherlands, and lectured in theology, philosophy and ethics at Justo Mwale University, Lusaka, in Zambia for six years. In Zambia, he became interested in African theology and the distinctive character of African language of faith. He published widely in leading international journals in theology and philosophy of religion, and he edited four books on contemporary themes in African theology with contributions from all over Southern Africa.
Abdulkader Tayob has published on Islamic activism, Muslim institutions, modern Islamic discursive traditions, and religion education in South Africa. His research has been recognized with the prestigious Georg Forster Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.