In the bustling suburb of Umbilo in Durban, community safety has become a top priority thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr Calvin Thomas, Manager of UKZN’s School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics. As a dedicated member of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), Thomas has worked tirelessly to connect residents and the South African Police
The Museum of Classical Archaeology is housed in the foyer of the Department of Classics on the Howard College Campus. The collection spans over 3000 years with pieces from Egypt, Greece and Rome in the collection. The pieces range from a small numismatics collection, everyday items such as oil lamps, to bigger pieces such as
UKZN alumnus in Theology, Reverend Armstrong Pitakaji was elected to the Executive Council of the World Council of Churches (WCC) at its recent Congress. A Solomon Island national, Pitakaji joined UKZN in 2017 to study for his master’s degree after being sponsored by the Council for World Mission to reflect on climate change and theology.
Professor David Spurrett, academic within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), recently spent a month as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. During his visit, he attended and presented a paper at the renowned Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach (PBDB) conference, travelled to Wollongong to give an
Professor David Spurrett of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) was awarded a UKZN Fellowship during the University’s Spring Graduation Ceremony in recognition of his distinguished achievement as an academic and contribution to his field of philosophy. ‘This is the highest honour that UKZN can give to a senior scholar in recognition of
Dr Jane Anderson, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics alumnus, recently published a book: Biological Naturalism and the Mind-Body Problem, that stemmed from her PhD studies. The book offers a new theoretical framework within which to understand the ‘mind-body problem’. ‘The crux of this problem is phenomenal experience, which Thomas Nagel famously described as “what
The College of Humanities and the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics hosted a public lecture on The Rashtra is Online: How Digital Devotional Networks Aid the Global Reach of Hindu Nationalism. The lecture was delivered by visiting scholar Professor Dheepa Sundaram, assistant professor of Hindu Studies at the University of Denver, US. Her research
Two postgraduate students, Ms Pretty Abraham and Mr Siwakhile Ngcobo from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics are set to embark on an international exchange programme to the Free University in Amsterdam as part of Bridging Gaps, an initiative of the Centre for Contextual Biblical Interpretation. The two will embark on the programme in September.
Professor David Spurrett of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics was recently an invited participant at a workshop on Metaethics and Artificial Intelligence at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. The workshop focused on problems relating possibilities of building artificially intelligent agents that behave ethically, and how to verify whether attempts to
Mr Calvin Thomas, Operations Manager for the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics recently graduated with his Honours in Ethics cum laude. His research centred around an ethical assessment of the implications of the Glass Ceiling phenomenon on South African women at the workplace. With a career rooted in Human Resources and Operations Management, Thomas