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Lecture by Dr Dianna Bell
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 12:00

Dianna Bell studies the history and ethnography of indigenous religions and Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Mali).  Her current research focuses on mutual influences between indigenous religion and Islam in Mali. Drawing primarily on biographical research in southern Mali, her research uses biography to study a range of topics, including the concept of merit, religion and ecology, dream interpretation and Baha'ism in Mali.

Seminar by Dr Nokuzola Mndende
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 11:45

Dr Nokuzola Mndende holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town. She has been a Deputy Chairperson for the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims and is also the President of Icamagu Spirituality and the Director of Icamagu Heritage Institute. She has been a lecturer of African Traditional Religion and Religion Education at the University of Cape Town and of African Traditional Religion at the University of South Africa. She is also a freelance presenter on ATR at Umhlobo Wenene fm. 

Field Research in the Study of Religions: Participant observation and interviewing - Essential Skills Workshop 4
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 14:00

This workshop will deal with different approaches to conduct field research in the study of religions and will focus on qualitative research methods, in particular participant observation and interviewing

Call for Applications for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies for 2019
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:15


UCT Internal Closing Date: 08 June 2018

Note: No applications will be accepted after UCT Internal Closing Date

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce a call for applications for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies in 2019.

Ethics in Social Science Research - Workshop 3
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 09:45

This workshop will discuss the nature of knowledge production in the social sciences that necessitates the concern with ethical conduct by Associate Professor Asonzeh Ukah.

Lecture by Associate Professor Asonzeh Ukah
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:45

Asonzeh Ukah is a sociologist/historian of religion. He joined the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013. He taught at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, from 2005 to 2013. He studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, (where he earned his BA; MA & MSc. degrees) and the University of Bayreuth, Germany (where he earned his doctoral & Habilition degrees). He is the Director of Research Institute for Christianity in Africa (RICSA). In addition to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and contributions of book chapters, he is the author of A New Paradigm of Pentecostal Power: A Study of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria (Africa World Press 2008) and coeditor of Bourdieu in Africa: Exploring the Dynamics of Religious Fields (Brill 2016). His research interests include religion and media, sociology of Pentecostalism, and religion and urbanism.

Lecture by Dr Tomoko L. Kitagawa
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 09:30

Dr. Tomoko L. Kitagawa received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She went on to teach history at Harvard University; her classes were well-­received and she was cited as one of the students’ favourite professors at Harvard by the class of 2012. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. She is an author of five books in Japanese, including a national bestseller, and was also selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Japan in 2012 and one of the 100 most amazing women in Japan in 2015.

Lecture by Dr Ala Alhourani
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:15

Ala Alhourani is currently a postdoctoral fellow, involved in a larger project “Ethic of Religion in and of Public Life” at the department of Religious Studies at UCT. Alhourani PhD’s thesis explored the resurgence of public performances of ‘Muslim-ness’ and the Muslim aesthetic politics of difference, community making, and multiple intersected belongings in the context of post-apartheid South Africa. 

Online Library Resources and Chicago Style referencing - Workshop 2
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:45

Mr. Alexander D’Angelo and Ms. Ingrid Thompson (Library), 26 April @ 12:00pm) – see attached for further details




Thinking about a Proposal: Your Rationale and Research Questions - Workshop 1
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:45

The Department of Religious Studies will be hosting academic skills workshops from our Essential Skills Series during the 2018 academic year. These workshops will be facilitated by various lecturers in our Department as well as other invited guests from the Library and CHED.

Lecture by Professor Ebrahim Moosa
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 14:00

Ebrahim Moosa (Ph.D., University of Cape Town 1995) is Professor of Islamic Studies in Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Department of History, and Keough School of Global Affairs. Born in South Africa, Moosa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India, a B.A. degree from Kanpur University, and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London.

Lecture by Professor Pippa Skotnes
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 10:00

Pippa Skotnes was born in Johannesburg and attended a convent school. This experience provided a wellspring of ideas, some of which materialised in her never-ending artwork, Lamb of God and the Book of iterations that has been widely exhibited. She was educated in fine art and archaeology at UCT where she received all her degrees. After she was sued by the South African Library for a copy of her artist’s book about Lucy Lloyd and the |xam, Sound From the Thinking Strings (1991), she became interested in the nature of the book, producing several volumes inscribed on the bones of horses, leopards, blue cranes and giraffes.