Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). He is currently thinking about the theology and ethics relating to Euthanasia and Assisted Dying. He is involved in Human Rights and Peace internationally and was the Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.
This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Gideon Nomdo & Dr Moeain Arend from CHED. This active participation workshop is geared towards developing a particular framework for locating and thinking more broadly about “process” in one’s research, and about the role of the thesis statement therein. You will learn about what constitutes an argument and how one engages with argument in thesis writing.
Please join us to celebrate our undergraduate talents and find out more about our department, meet staff members as well as fellow students.
Alexander Abbasi is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg. Heisan Arab-American Muslim scholar activist whose work lies at the cross roads of Islamophobia Studies, Islamic Liberation Theology and Decolonial Theory.
Suren Pillay is currently Senior Researcher and Associate Professor in the Centre for Humanities Research. He has held this position since 2010. From 2007-2010 he was seconded to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa as a Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance Programme. From 2003-2004 he served as a Programme Officer at the Centre for African Studies at Columbia University. He held a position of senior lecturer in the Dept. of Political Studies, UWC, from 1995-2010. Prof. Pillay holds an Mphil, and a Phd in Anthropology, from Columbia University in New York (2011). He also has a Masters in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Laurens de Rooij (post-doctoral research fellow, University of Cape Town) completed his PhD at Durham University, UK, in 2017. His present research analyzes how the media discourse on religious minorities (particularly Muslims and Islam) affects how they are conceptualized, understood, and treated. This work is based on the research supported in part by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He was a visiting researcher and scholar at Jakarta’s Graduate School Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (March-April 2013), Duke University’s Department of Religion (fall 2013), the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Centre for Media, Religion, and Culture (spring 2014), and at Brazil’s Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (summer 2016).
Ruchi Chaturvedi received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and an M. Phil in Sociology from University of Delhi. She has taught at the City University of New York and Makerere Institute of Social Research. Ruchi’s research focuses on questions of political violence, popular politics and its contentious relationship with the ideology and institutions of liberal democracy. Her writings have revolved around a long-running violent conflict between local level political workers of the Marxist Left and Hindu Right in Kerala, South India.
D. F. Mattera has published various collections of poetry and an autobiography, Memory is the Weapon, which received the Steve Biko Prize. He has worked as a journalist for The Sunday Times, The Weekly Mail, now Mail & Guardian and The Sowetan. He holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Literature (DLit) from the University of Natal, and has received fellowships in Sweden and the U.S. Mattera continues to work with street children in the Eldorado community.
Adam Hanieh is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the school of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Prior to joining SOAS, Adam taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, where he completed an MA in Regional Studies at Al Quds University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). Adam is an editorial board member of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, a founding member of the SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies, and a member of the committee of Management for the Council for British Research in the Levant. His most recent book is Capitalism and class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave -Macmillan, 2011).
Professor Weisse has worked extensively on religion and inter-cultural education in Germany in particular, and Europe in general. He has led large research projects on this topic, on Islamic education in South Africa and Europe, and on religion and politics in South Africa.
Ward Blanton (PhD, Yale University), teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent. He has authored several books on philosophy, religion and New Testament studies, including Displacing Christian Origins: Philosophy, Secularity, and the New Testament (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007); A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014); An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics (with Clayton Crockett, Noelle Vahanian, Jeffrey Robbins; New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).
Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Georgetown University’s Edmund A Walsh School for Foreign Service. He works in the Al Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, advancing an alternative paradigm to the inertia of Orthodoxies in the face of Extremisms. He is the founder of the World for All Foundation that endeavors to create a world of coexistence and that is safe for difference.