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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Please join us for the DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES SEMINAR PROGRAMME (2016)
Seminars take place every alternate Wednesday from 1 -2 pm. Please contact Tasneem Wise for more information
Duane Jethro is a post-doctoral fellow in Archive and Public Culture research unit at the University of Cape Town. He is is a Phd graduate of the University of Utrecht. His thesis, entitled Aesthetics of Power: Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa, looked at relationships between heritage, materiality, aesthetics and the senses. He has published in journals such as Material Religion, African Diaspora and Tourist Studies.
The Department of Religious Studies will be hosting academic skills workshops from our Essential Skills Series during the 2016 academic year. These workshops will be facilitated by CHED. The 2016 workshop series for the first semester will be focused on academic writing skills that will provide you with some general guidelines for academic writing.