Participants at the Contextual Bible Studies series hosted by Ujamaa Centre and Inclusive and Affirming Ministries.

Ujamaa Centre Pilots Programme to Engage Ministries on ‘Trans Lives and Lived Realities’

The Ujamaa Centre in UKZN’s School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics and the Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) have started a process of developing a series of Contextual Bible Studies (CBS) to contest ‘conservative Bible statements’ about lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. According to the Head of the Gender and Religion Programme

Ms Siphelele Mazibuko.

‘The Lived Reality of Queer People’ in Shembe Church Explored in Research

Research that explored ‘the lived reality of queer people’ in the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe Church) culminated in Ms Siphelele Mazibuko graduating from UKZN with a Master’s degree in Theology. Mazibuko says she did the degree to expand her knowledge in the field of theology and to delve deeper into issues ‘pertaining to the intersection

Professor Johannes Smit.

Inaugural Lecture Explores Religion and Social Transformation in Transformative African Digital Humanities

Academic in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Professor Johannes Smit has delivered his inaugural lecture on Religion and Social Transformation in the Transformative African Digital Humanities in which he examined aspects of the development of a socially transformative generative grammar. ‘Even though the phenomenon has been with humanity since antiquity, that religion transformatively

College of Humanities academics (from left) Dr Cherry Muslim, Dr Tahir Sitoto, Emeritus Professor Mohsin Abu Fadl Ebrahim, and Professor Goolam Vahed.

UKZN Academics Participate in Virtual Islamic Studies Conference

Academics in the College of Humanities participated in an Islamic Studies conference themed: Studying Islam and Muslims: Trajectories and Futures of South African Scholarship. They were Dr Cherry Muslim, Dr Tahir Sitoto, Emeritus Professor Mohsin Abu Fadl Ebrahim, and Emeritus Professor Suleman Dangor of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, and Professor Goolam Vahed

Professors Cherif Keita and Simangaliso Kumalo.

Lecture commemorates 150 years of JL Dube

UKZN’s School of Education and the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics in the College of Humanities, in collaboration with the University Language Planning & Development Office hosted the 2021 John Langalibalele Dube Memorial Lecture. The lecture was facilitated by Ms Natalia Molebatsi, a South African writer, performance poet and cultural worker. Deputy Vice-Chancellor and

Ms Lindiwe Maseko

Masters Student Elected for Dutch Exchange Programme

Masters student in Gender and Religion within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Ms Lindiwe Maseko has been selected for the Bridging Gaps Programme at the Free University in Amsterdam where she will spend three months as part of the exchange. The international exchange programme hosted by Free University brings together participants from all

At the roundtable event are (clockwise from top left) Professor Nana Poku, Dr Maserole Kgari-Masondo, Professor Vivian Ojong, Professor Lebo Moletsane, Ms Pearl Thwala, Mr Calvin Thomas, Professor Simangaliso Kumalo, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, and Professor Maheshvari Naidu.

Critical Issues Facing UKZN Explored During Roundtable Event

Key issues, including declining public financing for Higher Education Institutions and uncertain political times impacting on UKZN’s planning and operations, were explored by the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku, at a roundtable event. Poku made the observations while delivering the keynote address at the event titled: UKZN as a Premier University of African Scholarship:

Dr Beatrice Okyere-Manu with her new book.

UKZN Academic Edits Book on African Values, Ethics and Technology

Ethics academic in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Dr Beatrice Okyere-Manu has edited and launched her new book African Values, Ethics, and Technology, penned by a variety of African authors. The book charts technological developments from an African ethical perspective, exploring the idea that while certain technologies have benefited Africans, the fact that

Mr Calvin Mapangisana

Cultural Practices Around Fidelity explored in Masters Research

Cultural practices linked to ensuring fidelity in marriages were examined in research for a Master’s degree in Arts (Gender and Religion Studies). The study was done by Mr Calvin Mapangisana who graduated from UKZN while a full-time employee at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) in Zimbabwe Mapangisana’s thesis presents a critical interrogation of socio-cultural factors