David Chidester is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. His publications include Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture, Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa, and Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion.
Armando Salvatore, a social theorist and scholar of comparative religion, is the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies and Professor of Global Religious Studies (Society and Politics) at McGill University. He has taught and researched at Humboldt University Berlin, University of Naples 'L’Orientale,' National University of Singapore, Leipzig University, and Australian National University, Canberra. He is the author of The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility (Wiley Blackwell, 2016) and the chief editor of The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam (Wiley Blackwell, 2018).
Dr. Sanal Mohan Padikaparampil is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He has published research articles on the discourses and practices of the movement. He combines history and ethnography in his research. His areas of research interest include colonial modernity, social movements and questions of identity, Dalit Movements and Christianity in India.
Amy Stambach is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Garth Mason is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies and Arabic at Unisa. He has previously held posts in Departments of Religious Studies at Wits and the University of Botswana. Dr Mason is currently a visiting scholar at UCT. For much of his early career Dr Mason taught and researched in the Eastern Religions. His PhD is in the philosophy of Nagarjuna. For the last five years Dr Mason has shifted his research focus to autobiography and biographical studies. His current research interest is in contested identities in life writing and how the writerly voice is shaped by contestations between religion, social, political and gendered identities.
Moncef ben Abdeljelil is Professor of History of Medieval Muslim Thought and Cultures at the University of Soussse, Tunisia. He works on various aspects Muslim intellectual history, with a focus on minorities, Islamic law and education.
Prof Ulrich Berner is Professor (em.) of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and Affiliated senior fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). His areas of research are European Religious History, Christianity in Africa, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.
Sa’diyya Shaikh is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her research is situated at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, with a special interest in Sufism. Her areas of research also include gender-sensitive readings of hadith and Quran; theoretical debates on Islam and feminism; religion and gender-based violence; and empirical work on South African Muslim Women. Her current research project is entitled “Gender, Justice and Muslim Ethics”.
Revd Dr Isaias Ezequiel Chachine was born in Southern Mozambique, Xai-xai, Gaza. After graduating in Theology at the University Natal, Pietermaritzburg, proceeded for further studies in Sweden where he obtained his PhD in Theological Ethics at the University of Uppsala. He lectured in Ethics for many years at the College of Transfiguration, an Anglican Theological Seminary, in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, and served as a visiting scholar at Rhodes University, Department of Political and International Studies, lecturing in Political Philosophy.
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.
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.
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