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

i-Sangoma Ms Nokulinda Mkhize presents guest lectures at UKZN.

Renowned i-Sangoma Nokulinda Mkhize gives guest lecture at UKZN

In celebration of African Religious Heritage and Religion & Media Studies, the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) presented two guest lectures by renowned i-Sangoma Ms Nokulinda Mkhize, who practices ancestral-based healing and spirituality in the digital age. The lectures were in conjunction with the Introduction to Religion, African Systems of Thought and Religion

Mr Phila Msimang graduated with his Master of Arts (Philosophy) cum laude.

Masters cum laude graduate investigates theories of race in research

Stellenbosch University lecturer, Mr Phila Msimang, graduated cum laude with his master of arts (philosophy) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. ‘It feels great to have achieved this milestone. It makes me want to write another thesis,’ he said. Msimang, who is passionate about research, often explores topics that stimulate his interest and have some social

Professor Simangaliso Kumalo is Fellow of Wesley House, an affiliated college of Cambridge University.

Academic Appointed Fellow at Cambridge University

Professor Simangaliso Kumalo, a lecturer in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), has been appointed a Fellow of Wesley House which is an affiliated college of Cambridge University in England. Kumalo will spend six weeks at the university teaching and conducting research. ‘This is a great honour. It means that my work as