Professor David Spurrett (right) with Professor Daniel Dennett at the Evolving Minds conference in Australia.

Humanities Academic Presents Paper at Evolving Minds Conference

Dean and Head of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Professor David Spurrett presented a paper at the Evolving Minds conference in Darwin, Australia. The conference was organised to celebrate the work of Philosopher Daniel Dennett who was this year’s recipient of the ‘Charles Darwin Scholar’ award from the Charles Darwin University. Dennett is

Highlights from the annual John Dube Memorial Lecture.

UKZN’s School of Education and the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), in collaboration with the University Language Planning and Development Office and the JL Dube Institute, recently hosted the annual John Dube Memorial Lecture at the Pietermaritzburg campus’ Colin Webb Hall. John Dube was the first president of the African National Congress (ANC)

From left to right: Prof Jannie Smit, who organised the Lecture; Prof Kalpana Hiralal, academic respondent; Prof Judith Brown; Prof Nhlanhla Mkhize, incoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities; and Dr Ela Gandhi, Gandhi Development Trust Founding Chair.

UKZN-ASRA Host Mahatma Gandhi Lecture

The Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (ASRSA) recently hosted the Gandhi Memorial Lecture at Howard College campus, during its annual congress. It was one of the most informative and intellectually enriching items on their programme for this year. The Memorial Lecture was delivered on 15 August 2018 by world-renowned Gandhi scholar,

From left: Dr Christopher Yaye, Dr Joyline Gwara, supervisor Professor Bernard Matolino and Dr Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

PhDs for Proud Philosophy Students

Professor Bernard Matolino, an academic from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, is proud of his three students Drs Joyline Gwara, Christopher Yaye and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti who graduated with their PhDs in Philosophy from UKZN recently. One of the students, Dr Joyline Gwara, is the first black African female in Zimbabwe to obtain a PhD

Dr Ossie Kretzmann gets his PhD in Theology.

PhD for 79-year-old Theology Graduate

Dr Ossie Kretzmann will tell you that it is never too late to start something new or take your life to new heights. This is because at 79, Kretzmann attained his PhD in Theology during UKZN’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies. ‘I feel humble but deeply fulfilled and grateful. It’s a paradoxical feeling that I have,’ he said. ‘While the study has

Mr Francis Bobaikuu awarded the Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship.

Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship for Theology Student

Honours student in Theology, Mr Francis Bobaikuu from the College of Humanities was recently awarded the Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship. This scholarship allows disadvantaged but academically excellent candidates to read for Honours degrees. The Archbishop Denis E Hurley Scholarship is provided by the Archbishop Denis E Hurley Educational Trust and is dedicated to academically disadvantaged but

UKZN Academics Review and Contribute to New Classics Book

The Classics Department from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) hosted a visit by Professor Grant Parker of Stanford University, USA, who presented a seminar on Charisma – Then and Now; a concept that originated in the New Testament and has multiple, sometimes controversial connotations still relevant for modern societies today. In the

UKZN Religion Discipline Gives 67 Minutes for Mandela

The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics recently participated in the 67 minutes for Mandela initiative in partnership with NPO Creative Junkies Foundation (CJF). Armed with the idea of creating a vibey and interesting learning space, Social Sciences student, Ms Busi Chibambo, her team of professional artists including well-known Durban graffiti artists Mook Lion, Kev7

Visiting academic, Ms Valeria Pace, from the University of Cambridge, England.

English Academic Delves into Hellenistic Literature

The Classics Department in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics hosted visiting academic, Ms Valeria Pace from the University of Cambridge, England, who presented two papers on Hellenistic Literature and engaged with students in connection with their research. Pace’s first seminar examined the poem by Theocritus – Idyll 27 – in a paper titled “Idyll 27

From left: Prof David Spurrett, Prof Kwok Pui Lan; Prof Charlene van der Walt; Prof Lilian Siwila and Dr Federico Settler.

College of Humanities hosts first Gender, Religion & Sexuality Conference

The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) in the College of Humanities recently hosted the first Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Africa conference. The conference, held at the Pietermaritzburg campus, brought together more than 65 religion, gender and sexuality scholars and activists from around the global South who presented papers and performances. UKZN academic