Mr. Alexander D’Angelo and Ms. Ingrid Thompson (Library), 26 April @ 12:00pm) – see attached for further details
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.
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.
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.
THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES & THE AFRICAN GENDER INSTITUTE
The visible invisibility of Queer Muslim Women in the Cape - Taghmeda Achmat (UWC, Activist), Tiptoeing through intellectual horizons: Daring visions in precarious contexts - Dr Farah Zeb (Exeter University), Gender fluidity and Qur’anic language: A resource for queer theology - Professor Ghazala Anwar (Starr King, GTU)
Dr L. Philip Barnes is Emeritus Reader in Religious and Theological Education at King’s College London. He studied theology and philosophy at the University of Hull, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Trinity College Dublin, where he was a scholarship holder. He has published widely within the fields of religious studies, theology and religious education and contributed articles to such journals as Modern Theology, Religious Studies, and Religion. His recent books include Education, Religion and Diversity: Developing a new model of religious education (2014); (with Andrew Davis and Mark Halstead) Religious Education: Educating for diversity (2015); and with James Arthur, Education and Religion (2016), a four volume edited collection. He has recently completed an extended article on forgiveness and he is currently working on a book entitled, Alternative Futures for Religious Education.
Stephanie Honchell received her Ph.D. in Islamic History from Ohio State University in 2015. She held the position of Assistant Professor of History at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, which she left to relocate to South Africa in July 2017.
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).