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Introductory remarks on the subject, RELIGION, ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Lecture by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:15

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.

Lecture by Dr Ruchi Chaturvedi
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:15

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.

Lecture by Don F. Mattera
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:45

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.

Lecture by Adam Hanieh
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:15

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). 

Lecture by Professor Wolfram Weisse
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:00

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. 

Undergraduate Award Ceremony
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:00

Please join us to celebrate our undergraduate talents and find out more about our department, meet staff members as well as fellow students.

Lecture by Dr Ward Blanton
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 11:15

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). 

Lecture by Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 11:00

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. 

Lecture by Dr Zethu Matebeni
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 11:00

Zethu Matebeni has survived UCT and Cape Town since August 2011. This is no small achievement. The history of the Cape has weird resonances on everyday life on black queer bodies. When not with Free Gender or at Huma, Zethu takes uncomfortable occupation in white gay spaces in Cape Town. This year, Zethu is co-ordinating the "Queer in Africa" symposium focusing on "the Cape Town Question". Get on the touring bus on October 6th and discover the Cape Town no one will ever tell you about.

REL Postgraduate Presentation Day
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 09:30


RE: Post-Graduate Research Presentation Day (28 July 2016)

Herewith confirmation of the details for the Post-Graduate Research presentations

Date: 28 July 2016

Time: 10:00am – 15:00pm

Venue: LS 5.67

Please see attached for a detailed schedule outlining the proceedings for the day

Lecture by Dr Fatima Seedat
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:30

Dr Fatima Seedat (PhD, McGill University) is a Lecturer and the Coordinator of the Gender, Religion and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Programme, housed within the Gender and Religion Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Prior to this she held an Innovation Fund Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Outside of Academia, she has worked for the Commission on Gender Equality, consulted for international human rights organisations and co-founded Shura Yabafazi, a South African NGO that focuses on sex difference in Muslim family law.

Department of Religious Studies Seminar Schedule
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 14:45


Seminars take place every alternate Wednesday from 1 -2 pm. Please contact Tasneem Wise for more information