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