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Prof. Charlene van der Walt

Position Associate Professor
Discipline Gender and Religion
Phone 083 693 8686
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Campus PMB/Howard College Campus
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Degrees Held

  • B.Th, MDiv, Licentiate in Theology, 
  • MTh (Old Testament) Stellenbosch University, 
  • DTh (Old Testament)  Stellenbosch University

Profile

Research Interests

  • Contextual and Intercultural Bible Reading, Feminist and Queer interpretation of the Bible, Intersection Gender, Health and Theology, Sexuality and Queer Studies.


Publications / Selected Publications

Monograph

  • Toward a Communal Reading of 2 Samuel 13: Ideology and Power Within the Intercultural Bible Reading Process (Intercultural Biblical Hermeneutics Series, no. 2. Institute of Mennonite Studies, Elkhart, IN, 2014).

Articles

  • (Forthcoming) “But he refused to listen to her…” Developing a safe communal space where marginal voices can be heard.” To be submitted for 2017 publication.
  • (Forthcoming) “In the Greater Scheme of Things: Considering the Human Condition against the Reception Backdrop of Creation and Natural Phenomena Themes in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (2011).” Submitted to Scriptura 2017 publication.
  • (Forthcoming) “Come On, Come Out, Come Here, Come Here…The Quiet Chaos of Desire: Reflecting of Jacob’s longing for Rachel.” To be submitted for publication OTE 2017/18.
  • (Forthcoming) “Silence is a sound. In pursuit of restorative silence when sound betrays.” To be submitted for publication 2017/18
  • When faith does violence: re-imagining engagement between churches and LGBTI groups on homophobia in Africa. (Collaborative paper with Gerald West from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and Kapya John Kaoma from Boston Univerity, USA).  HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72, no. 1 (2016).
  • "Reimagining a solitary landscape: Tracing communities of care in Exodus 1-2 and the film Shirley Adams." (Collaborative paper with Judith Tereblanche from University of the Western Cape, South Africa.) Old Testament Essays 29, no. 1 (2016): 176-194.
  • “Danger! Ingozi! Gevaar! Why reading alone can be bad for you.”Scriptura: International Journal for Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 115, no 1 (2016): 1-12.
  • “Flourishing Guinea Pigs”: Exploring Intersectionality and Interdisciplinary in a Master’s Program on Gender, Religion and Health at two South African Universities. (Collaborative paper with Prof. Elisabeth Gerle (Lund University, Sweden), Prof. Sarojini Nadar, Dr. Sarras Reddy and Dr. Lilian Siwila (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa. Special addition. 2014.
  • “Nurturing an Alternative Masculinity in the Sunday Service: The Dutch Reformed Church Impala Park as a Case Study.” 
  • (Collaborative paper with Neeltje van Staden from the Department of Practical Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.)  Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa. Special addition. 2014.
  • “Power games. Using Foucault to shed light on the inherent power dynamics of Bible study groups. Discussion of a qualitative research project.” Dutch Reformed Theological Journal Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif 55.3 & 4 (2014): 859-878.
  • ‘Hearing Tamar’s voice. How the margin hears differently. Contextual readings of 2 Samuel” 13:1-22. Old Testament Essays (New Series) 2012; 25(1): 182-206
  • “Hearing Tamar’s voice. How the margin hears differently. Contextual readings of 2 Samuel” 13:1-22. Lectio Difficilior 2/2011.
  • “Close encounters. Creating a safe space for intercultural Bible reading. Discussion of a qualitative research project. Part II.”Scriptura: International Journal for Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 2012: 110: 282-292.
  • “Close encounters. Creating a safe space for intercultural Bible reading. Discussion of a qualitative research project. Part I.” Scriptura: International Journal for Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 2012: 109:110-118.

Essays

  • (Forthcoming)  “Is there a man here? The Iron fist in the velvet glove in Judges 4.” In Claassens, L. Juliana and Sharp, Caroline. Feminist frameworks: power, ambiguity, intersectionality. Accepted for publication at T&T Clark. 2017 publication.
  • (Forthcoming) “To the Wonder”: Finding God in the most unexpected places. In Claassens, L. Juliana and De Lang, Fritz. Considering Compassion: Global Ethics, Human Dignity, and the Compassionate God. Accepted for publication at Wipf and Stock publishers. 2018 publication.
  • (Forthcoming) “Having difficult conversations. Engaging film as a reflective surface to encourage dynamic intersectional encounters.” In Claassens, L Juliana, Olojede, Funlola and Van der Walt, Charlene. Cultivating Change Agents. SUN media. 2018 publication.
  • “Is “being right” more important than “being together”? Exploring the potential of the intercultural Bible reading space for life giving dialogue on the issue of homosexuality.” In Van Klinken, Adriaan and Chitando, Ezra, eds. Christianity and Controversies over Homosexuality in Africa. Ashgate 2016.
  • “Making the Circle bigger. Local contextual Bible reading goes global.” (Collaborative paper with Kim Barker from the Department of Psychology, Rhodes University, South Africa.)  In De Wit, Hans and Dyk, Janet, eds. Bible and Transformation. The Promise of Intercultural Bible Reading. Semeia studies. 2015.
  • “It's the price I guess for the lies I've told that the truth it no longer thrills me…”Reading queer lies to reveal straight truths in Genesis 38.  In Claassens, L. Juliana, and Bruce C. Birch, eds. Restorative Readings: The Old Testament, Ethics, and Human Dignity. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2015.
  • “A response to: Birth as Creation under Threat? Biblical-Theological Reflections on Assisted Reproductive Technologies.” In Claassens, L. Juliana, and Klaas Spronk, eds. Fragile Dignity: Intercontextual Conversations on Scriptures, Family, and Violence. Society of Biblical Lit, 2013.
  • “Queering Man.” In Gennrich, Daniela, ed. Men and Masculinity - Creating new identities in a time of transition. PACSA Publication 2013.

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